Tampa Bay Wrongful Death Lawyer
If you have lost a family member to a fatal accident, then your own life has most likely been thrown into disarray. Not only do you have to cope with the emotional pain of your tragic loss, but you also have to find a way to handle the enormous economic impact of the accident. Fortunately, state law provides you with recourse to seek financial compensation to help you offset this burden, specifically under Florida Statute §41.001 “Damages.” This statute gives you the opportunity to recover various types of monetary damages, including:
These are any and all pecuniary losses that you have suffered in connection with the accident. This can include your expenses for medical treatment of the condition that led to death, as well as your costs for the funeral and burial of your loved one. You can additionally claim compensation for the financial contributions your family has lost in the form of income that you could have expected to receive in the future from the decedent.
This category is generally subjective and is intended to compensate you for pain, suffering, mental pain, emotional anguish, loss of consortium, and loss of companionship and society. There is no objective guideline for calculating non-economic damages, but the figure should be large enough to provide fair compensation.
Exemplary damages – also referred to as punitive damages – are awarded in cases of injury or death that has been caused by fraud, malice, or gross negligence. They are assessed not so much to compensate the accident victim but rather to punish or penalize the party who caused the accident.
Whether you have lost a loved one in a catastrophic car accident or due to a case of medical malpractice, we want to help you receive an insurance settlement or jury verdict large enough that you are not forced to shoulder the financial burden of the accident. This may be an incredibly difficult experience for you and your family, but it is not one that you have to face alone. Call today and schedule a free consultation.