Miami Wrongful Death Attorney
Coping with the loss of a family member when that loss was caused by another’s carelessness or negligence can be especially difficult. When a person is killed as the result of another’s negligence, that person’s estate and survivors may have a claim for wrongful death. These lawsuits take considerable time, dedication, and personal attention to effectively pursue. A lawyer must truly learn how a death has affected individual family members, both emotionally and financially. Under Florida law, these lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date of death.
What can be recovered in a wrongful death case?
Florida Statute §768.21 governs what may be claimed as damages in a wrongful death action. Under Florida Statute §768.21, each statutory survivor may recover the value of lost support and services from the date of injury until death, with interest, and future loss of support and services from the date of death forward. “Support” includes contributions in kind as well as money. “Services” means tasks, usually of a household nature, regularly performed by the decedent that will be a necessary expense to the survivors of the decedent. If the decedent was married, his or her surviving spouse may also recover for loss of the decedent’s companionship and protection and for mental pain and suffering. A decedent’s minor children (and all children of the decedent if there is no surviving spouse and the claim is not one based on medical malpractice) may also recover for lost parental companionship, instruction, and guidance and for mental pain and suffering. If the decedent was a minor child, then each parent may also recover for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury. If there are no other survivors, each parent of an adult child may also recover for mental pain and suffering provided the action is not one for medical malpractice. Medical or funeral expenses may be recovered by a survivor who has paid them.
Finally, the estate of a decedent is entitled to recover medical or funeral expenses due to the decedent’s injury or death that have become a charge against the estate, or that were paid by or on behalf of decedent. The estate may also recover what are referred to as “net accumulations,” which are the part of the decedent’s expected net business or salary income, including pension benefits, that the decedent probably would have retained as savings and left as part of her or his estate if the decedent had lived her or his normal life expectancy.
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Viñas & DeLuca is headquartered in Miami, Florida and has offices available for consultation in Miami, Boca Raton/Palm Beach, and Tampa. We have handled cases in multiple state and federal jurisdictions throughout Florida. Click here for more information.
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If you or a loved one have been injured in a Florida personal injury or wrongful death matter, please contact Viñas & DeLuca for a free and confidential consultation by calling (305) 372-3650. There is never a fee or cost to you unless our law firm can recover money for you. You can also complete our Free Case Evaluation Form or easily chat with us online, and one of our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys will contact you right away. We are here 24/7/365 to speak with you and answer your questions. If you cannot come to us, we will come to you.
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We notify all insurance companies and potential defendants that we represent you. From there, we handle everything. You will not need to speak with anyone but your lawyers. All communications go through us – your advocates.
We help you get the medical care you need when you need it. Our lawyers and staff help you make appointments, obtain medical advice, and recover from your injuries, both physically and financially. We are at your side each step of the way.
Our lawyers and medical experts review your medical records to determine the most effective way to present your injury claim. This may require forensic expert reports, professional medical illustrations, or 3D animations of your accident or injury. We spare no expense when it comes to effectively telling your story.
Drawing on decades of combined legal experience, our lawyers aggressively pursue top dollar settlements and verdicts for each of our clients. The vast majority of defendants in our cases choose not to go to trial against our law firm, setting the stage for our clients to receive satisfactory settlements and results.
South Florida Wrongful Death Lawyer
The attorneys at Viñas and DeLuca have over 35 years of combined experience handling personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Miami and the State of Florida. Over the years, we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, representing them in both state and federal court. Each of our attorneys is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards. The Attorneys at Viñas and DeLuca have also been recognized by Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Top 40 under 40, Avvo, and others. While the results of any case can vary depending on the facts, our commitment to winning big for our clients never changes.
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