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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.

Florida Personal Injury Office Locations

Main Office

Orlando Personal Injury Office:
3117 Edgewater Dr.
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-425-2000
Toll Free: 877-FL-INJURY
                 (877-354-6587)
Fax: 407-843-8274

Seminole County

Lake Mary Office:
1001 Heathrow Park Lane
Suite 4001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-487-4408

Osceola County

Kissimmee Office:
17 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407-966-4408

Volusia County

Daytona Beach Office:
1301 Beville Rd., Suite 8
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: 386-243-4994

DeBary Office:
465 Summerhaven Drive, Suite C
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: 386-320-3911

Deland Office:
Downtown Executive Center
120 South Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Phone: 386-206-1264

Citrus County

Inverness Office:
110 North Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-205-4341

Polk County

Lakeland Office:
1102 S. Florida Ave., Suite 104
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-968-7551

Winter Haven Office:
325 Avenue A, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-968-7173

Hillsborough County

Tampa Office:
100 S. Edison St. Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-355-9772

Marion-Sumter Counties

The Villages Office:
3420 U.S. Hwy. 27/441
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: 352-419-0825

Lake County

Mt. Dora Office:
602 East 5th Ave.
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-436-4696

Clermont Office:
900 W. Highway 50
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-503-4674

Brevard County

Titusville Office:
506 S. Palm Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-222-7300

Cocoa Office:
96 Willard Street
Suite 206,
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-757-1373