If you were seriously injured, remember that it is crucial to choose the right law firm to represent your interests. We have been doing this for more than three decades, and have the resources you need to challenge any opponent.
Wrongful Death Attorneys
When a person loses their life due to the gross negligence or fault of another, that person has been a victim of wrongful death. Wrongful death is one of the most heartbreaking incidents that can occur for surviving loved ones. This tragic loss is incredibly painful for the family of the deceased. The Ferraro Law Firm understands how difficult this time can be. We strive to help you get back on your feet and gain some closure by pursuing justice for your loved one.
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What Should You Look For When Hiring a Wrongful Death Law Firm?
If you are pursuing justice for the wrongful death of a loved one, you need experienced and compassionate legal advocates on your side. That is just what you will find at The Ferraro Law Firm.
With over 30 years of practice as a firm, our wrongful death lawyers have considerable experience and success in such cases. Our hard work has been recognized many times, including our selection to the Super Lawyers® list, as well as being honored among Most Effective Lawyers, Elite Trial Lawyers, Top Rated Lawyers, and more.
Call (888) 554-2030 to speak with a skilled wrongful death lawyer. We’ve obtained over $2 billion on behalf of our clients.
Am I Eligible for Compensation for My Wrongful Death Case?
Although no amount of money can ever hope to make up for the loss of a loved one, compensation and justice can help a family or individual regain financial stability and peace of mind. Punitive damages are meant to hold the wrongdoer accountable and are above and beyond the typical compensation for a victim. Depending on your case, you may be eligible to receive compensation for some or all of the damages listed.
In a wrongful death case, types of damages can often include the following:
- Loss of Future Wages
- Loss of Benefits
- Loss of Inheritance
- Medical Bills
- Funeral Expenses
- Loss of Care & Protection
- Loss of Love & Society
- Loss of Consortium
- Pain & Suffering
- Mental Anguish
Who May Be Liable in a Wrongful Death Case?
Proving liability will largely depend on the specifics of a client’s case. Our personal injury attorneys are relentless in our investigation and believe that preparation is the bedrock for success. We can thoroughly examine the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death and pursue just financial compensation from the guilty party.
Wrongful death can be caused by a variety of negligent acts such as:
- Defective automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, etc.
- Drunk or distracted drivers
- Medical negligence (such as failing to diagnose)
- Pharmaceutical mistakes (such as mislabeling dosage or creating dangerous drugs)
- Industrial or workplace accidents
- Product liability
- Construction accidents
- Nursing home abuse
How Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help You
During our case investigation into your personal injury claim, our wrongful death lawyers maintain an open and honest line of communication with our clients. Individuals trust us to maintain confidentiality, and we strive to be a supportive and guiding influence in their lives during this difficult time.
Don’t let negligence go unchecked. Let our skilled and experienced attorneys pursue compensation and justice on your loved one’s behalf. We are here to help you not only move forward with peace but ensure the negligent parties are held liable. Since 1985, we’ve handled thousands of cases and obtained more than $2 billion on behalf of our clients.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a wrongful death case under Florida law?
A wrongful death case typically involves the unexpected death of a loved one due to negligence or medical malpractice. Accidents caused by negligence may include car accidents, workplace accidents, injuries caused by defective products, chemical exposure, fires, or a building collapse.
Who can bring a wrongful death case?
In Florida, if the decedent left a will, the personal representative or executor of the deceased’s estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of surviving family members. Otherwise, relatives may file a wrongful death lawsuit. Surviving family members who may qualify for compensation include the spouse, children, parents, and other dependent relatives.
What qualifies as a wrongful death?
A wrongful death usually includes any death caused by some form of negligence and carelessness. Examples include a car accident, medical negligence, a fire caused by a negligent landlord, a defective product, or a building collapse. These claims are filed in civil court as opposed to deaths caused by murder or manslaughter which are pursued in criminal court.
What if my relative lives for a period of time after the incident and then dies?
As long as your relative’s death was a direct result of the injuries or illness caused by someone else’s negligence, you may qualify to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In some cases, like with mesothelioma for example, your loved one may die years after the original incident.
When must a wrongful death action be brought?
In most states, the statute of limitations (or deadline) to file a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the death of a loved one. States like Florida, New York, New Jersey, California, and Texas all have a two-year statute of limitations. However, in states like Tennessee, you may only have one year, while in Massachusetts you have three years.
What if one or more of the survivors who are entitled to bring a wrongful death case decide that they do not want to sue?
It depends on how close the surviving family member was to the deceased. In many states, lawsuits can only be brought by spouses and minor children, and if the deceased was not married, then adult children, parents, or further distant relatives may file a lawsuit. If you have questions about whether you may qualify, contact a wrongful death lawyer at The Ferraro Law Firm for a free consultation.
What if the decedent was partially at fault in causing their own death?
Some states, like Florida and New York, are pure comparative negligence states. This means that a wrongful death lawsuit may still be filed if the decedent was partially at fault for the circumstances that resulted in their death. However, the compensation that you may be entitled to will be affected by the percentage that they were at fault.
What economic damages are survivors entitled to in a wrongful death case?
A wrongful death lawsuit may result in compensation for past medical expenses, loss of support, funeral and burial expenses, mental pain and suffering, and more. At The Ferraro Law Firm, we seek fair settlements for negligent actions.
How much is a wrongful death lawsuit worth?
Every case is different and the value of your wrongful death lawsuit will depend on the circumstances of your relative’s death, the liable parties, how much your loved one supported other family members, their age, and more. Some wrongful death lawsuits result in multi-million dollar settlements or verdicts.
How hard is it to prove wrongful death?
Each case is different. However, if you work with a qualified wrongful death lawyer, like those at The Ferraro Law Firm, they will have access to resources and experts who can investigate the most complex cases in order to obtain evidence that helps you hold the negligent parties accountable.
How do I choose a wrongful death lawyer?
When hiring a wrongful death lawyer, it is important to choose a legal team that has a proven record of success. Review their past settlements and verdicts and ask to see client testimonials to ensure the attorneys will have your best interests in mind. At The Ferraro Law Firm, our lawyers have recovered billions of dollars for our clients. Our law firm has access to experts and resources to obtain justice in the most complex cases, and we fight tirelessly to help our clients find answers and closure.
How do you prove a wrongful death case?
Proving that a wrongful death occurred and was the fault of another party typically requires a thorough investigation. A wrongful death lawyer may review accident reports, medical reports, surveillance footage, witness statements, and more to prove that your loved one died as the result of another party’s negligence.
Who is responsible for a fatal accident in a workplace facility?
Depending on the circumstances, the responsible party includes an employer or other employees involved in the fatal accident. Legal action may also include holding insurance companies to account for an unpaid wrongful death claim for a workplace fatality.