Casselberry Wrongful Death Lawyers
Located just outside the tourist hotspot Orlando, Casselberry, Florida boasts over 30 lakes and ponds, including Lake Howell, the Triplet Chain of Lakes, Lake Kathryn and Lake Concord. It is also home to 17 pristine parks, the popular Seminole Speedway and a range of delicious restaurants. But like any suburban community, even in laidback Casselberry, accidents can happen.
Fatal motor vehicle accidents are on the rise across Florida, and Casselberry is no exception. In 2015 alone there were 2,939 fatal car accidents in Florida – a significant increase from the year before. Initial figures for 2016 are also looking grim.
Although no amount of money can ever even come close to making up for the loss of a loved one, it can help ease some of the secondary stress. For example, you may be facing mounting bills for medical and funeral expenses. If you have a family and were depended on the support of your deceased spouse, you may be stressed about trying to figure out how you will possibly make ends meet.
To help family members who are suffering – both financially and emotionally – from the loss of a loved one due to a motor vehicle accident, Florida has adopted a wrongful death statute. By filing a civil lawsuit against the other driver responsible for the death of your loved one, you can receive compensation for such damages as:
- Medical and funeral expenses
- Loss of anticipated future earnings (up to time of retirement or death)
- Loss of such benefits as retirement pension or medical insurance
- Loss of inheritance
- Pain and suffering and mental anguish
- Loss of care, protection and companionship
- General damages
- Punitive damages
Florida Wrongful Death Law
Before you can file a wrongful death action one must first qualify. To do so, you must be able to prove three specific things:
- That the person who caused the accident was acting either negligently or illegally and that this act was the cause of the death
- That you qualify as a ‘surviving family member’ in accordance with the law, which limits family members to a spouse, children, parents and ‘any blood relative or adoptive sibling who is partly or wholly dependent on the decedent for support or services’
- That the death has caused one or more of the qualified survivors with a monetary loss (see list of damages above)
What to Do
If you think your claim satisfies these three requirements, it is highly advised that you seek the services of an experienced Florida wrongful death attorney. Wrongful death claims are complex, and to ensure you get the compensation you deserve – and are legally entitled to – working with an attorney can help take the stress out of an already stressful situation.
To learn more about how an attorney can help with your wrongful death claim, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today.