Haines City Wrongful Death Attorneys
Located between Orlando and Tampa, Haines City is a popular destination for watersport enthusiast. With numerous lakes within walking distance, and several larger ones a short drive away, the city is popular for boating, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. The city recently opened two new parks, one located along Lake Eva, and a new auditorium. The city is also set to benefit from the recent arrival of Legoland Florida in nearby Winter Haven. As Haines City is located along US 27, which connects to Interstate 4, the city is planning for many motorist to come through – and possible stay in – the city on their way to the attraction.
Of course along with this increase in traffic and motorists also comes an increased potential for motor vehicle accidents – some of which turn tragically fatal. When a family member is killed as a result of a car accident, the surviving family is not only faced with unimaginable grief, but also the stress of having to pay unexpected medical and funeral expenses. Furthermore, if the surviving family were dependent on the deceased for their income and such benefits as health care, they could face the struggle of having to figure out how to make ends meet.
Understanding Wrongful Death Actions
Although no amount of money can ever come close to making up for the loss of a loved one, it can go a long way in helping a grieving family deal with the accompanying financial stress. This is why Florida has enacted the wrongful death law, which allows surviving family members to file a law suit against the person or persons responsible for the death. From this lawsuit, the family members can seek compensation for what the law calls damages. These include:
- Property damage
- Physical disability
- Pain and suffering
- Past lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of future income
- Loss of services
- Loss of companionship
Who Can Claim Damages?
The Florida wrongful death statute defines a surviving family member as a spouse and/or children. However, if another relative, such as a sibling or parents, can show that they were somehow dependent on the support of the deceased, then they too may be able to seek compensation. In the case where more than one family member qualifies as a surviving family member, a judge will determine which family members are entitled to compensation and how much of the awarded amount they are entitled to. This decision tends to be based on how close the family member was to the deceased, meaning a spouse and children tend to receive preference.
Where do I start?
As wrongful death claims are complex and lengthy, it is important you seek the services of an experienced Florida wrongful death attorney. A good starting point is to schedule a free initial consultation with the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A.. During this initial consult, your attorney will review your case, give you an initial opinion on what legal rights you have, and answer any of your questions. To start, contact us today.