In the state of Florida, when negligence of another results in death, that action is governed by Florida’s “Wrongful Death Act,” which provides very specifically who are “survivors” under the statute, who can collect damages, and the specific categories of damages that can be collected.
It is important to note that typical negligence claims in the state of Florida generally have a statute of limitations of 4 years (unless it is for medical malpractice or other such types of cases), after which, if the case has not already been filed, it is forever barred. However, the statute of limitations in a wrongful death claim is only two years.
Perhaps more than any other type of case, an experienced and accomplished trial lawyer must be hired to represent anyone involved in a wrongful death claim. There can often be conflicts of interest amongst the survivors, and other details that are unique to wrongful death claims, which should only be handled by accomplished and experienced trial lawyers in wrongful death matters.
Remember, you only have one chance to obtain a maximum recovery in your case. Cases can only be resolved in one of two ways: 1) settlement or 2) trial. Ironically, the only way to maximize the recovery in any case in terms of settlement value is to be ready and pose a significant credible risk at a trial. Therefore, you simply must be represented by a lawyer that has a trial record that will be well-known, well-respected, and pose a significant risk to an insurance company. That is why you must call us and become acquainted with our trial record. You can bet the insurance companies know it. That is why we get the phenomenal results that we do for our clients, whether it be in settlements or jury trials.
Also, speaking of lawyers, you must be very careful about the size of the law firm you choose to represent you, and whether they are “TV lawyers” or not. The reason is quite simple. Very often large firms brag about the accomplishments of the senior members, but that is not who represents you. Your case gets assigned to a junior associate who has participated in none of those accomplishments. With us, your case gets tried by me.
Further, the “TV lawyers” can be even more dangerous. The reason is simple. Money. To advertise on television regularly is incredibly expensive, and puts a great deal of pressure on these types of firms to continually feed that constant great expense. Therefore, it can be become in the firm’s best interest to settle a case, but not necessarily yours! In fact, many clients end up having their cases short-sold, and never know it because they have been misled or misinformed by the law firm, which is in desperate need for the fees generated from that case to pay its TV bills. We do not advertise on television, radio or any media other than social media.
Therefore, if you have been seriously injured, call me personally on my cell phone at (904) 607-8888 or at the office at (904) 475-9400 right now! Every day matters! If you have been seriously injured and are not yet represented, your case can be substantially compromised. Do not wait!