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Lake Wales Wrongful Death Lawyers

Lake Wales, a suburban community of the Lakeland Winter Haven metro area, is a popular residential area. Located in central Florida, the town lies west of Lake Kissimmee and east of Tampa. It is a popular destination for wildlife lovers and retirees alike. For the former, there is the 185 acre Grassy Lake Preserve. For the latter, there are three retirement villages: Tower Lakes, Saddlebag Lake Resort and Indian Lakes. In addition, the town also boast a handful of notable sights, including Bok Tower Gardens, Camp Mack’s River Resort, Spook Hill and the Shrine of Saint Anne des Lacs.

Despite its rather remote location, the community sees a rather high level of traffic, many of it being commuter traffic. As a result, motor vehicle accidents are always a risk. When a car accident results in a fatality, it is important that you understand your legal rights.

Understanding Wrongful Death

In Florida, when someone is killed in an accident, the surviving members can seek compensation through what is called a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death action is filed against a person or entity that is allegedly responsible for causing the death. Although such accidents can include a defective product, medical malpractice or assault, one of the most common causes of a wrongful death is a car accident.

To be able to file a wrongful death claim against the other driver, one must be able to prove that he or she acted negligently. Furthermore, one must also show that, as a result of this negligent act, you, as a surviving family member, suffered damages.

The Surviving Family Member

According to Florida law, a surviving family member is defined as a spouse, children, parents and ‘any blood relative or adoptive sibling who is partly or wholly dependent on the decedent for support or services’.

Available Damages

Typically, surviving family members can seek compensation for such damages as:

  • Amount of financial support the deceased person would have provided if they had lived, up through the time of estimated retirement and or death
  • Loss of such emotional support as loss of care and loss of companionship due to the absence of the deceased
  • Cost of any medical treatment following the accident and prior to the death
  • Funeral and burial expenses

Statute of Limitations

Florida’s wrongful death law comes with a strict statute of limitations. This means that you must, with limited exceptions, file a wrongful death lawsuit within four years of the date of the accident. Failure to do so could result in you being denied any compensation.

An Experienced Partner

Wrongful death actions are complex and stressful. This is why it is essential that you seek the services of an experienced wrongful death attorney. For over three decades that Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. have been helping Lake Wales wrongful death victims get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.

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
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