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Florida Law Provides For Damages To Families Enduring The Wrongful Death Of a Loved One

There is nothing more catastrophic to a family then the death of a loved one which could have, and should have, been avoided. Wrongful deaths occur in various forms; medical negligence or carelessness, abuse or neglect, drunk driving incidents or other vehicle-related accidents and incidents, slip and fall accidents, violent acts, dangerous or defective products, dog and animal attacks, as well as other dangerous situations or actions of others. Contact our experienced Orlando wrongful death attorneys.

We have long been advocates for the rights of those who have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death. We are passionate about seeking justice and legal retribution in the form of compensation for the victim’s family. In Orlando wrongful death cases, it is important to responsibly and compassionately make sure your loved one’s voice is heard.

Under Florida law, when an individual is the victim of a wrongful death accident or incident, immediate family members may seek monetary damages through civil litigation, regardless of whether or not the actions or events that lead to the untimely death were criminal in nature. Contact our Orlando wrongful death attorneys today to speak to an experienced advocate.

The Dangers We Face in Everyday Life

Perhaps the most dangerous daily activity we partake in as a society is driving. Between 30,000 and 35,000 lives are taken on the roadways every year, with 2.3 million or more suffering serious injuries. Unfortunately it is even more dangerous to walk or ride a bike, especially in Florida where pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people are so high. Pedestrians and cyclists have no protection from cars, trucks, vans, buses, and SUVs. And what might be a minor incident in a car on car accident could be death to a pedestrian. Drowsy driving accounts for 1,500 traffic fatalities per year, cell phones are found to be in use during 40 percent of all traffic collisions, and drunk drivers take the lives of over 10,000 people a year. No matter how good the safety features of automobiles become, with impatient, distracted, and downright road-rage infused drivers behind the wheels, deadly collisions will continue to happen.

Medical malpractice accounts for more premature deaths than nearly every other accident combined. Many of these patients were in ill health prior to their doctor’s or nurse’s deadly mistake, but that does not change the fact that their death was caused by negligence, and their families deserve compensation. Between 220,000 and 440,000 premature deaths are caused every year due to carelessness and negligence in hospitals. This comes in the form of misdiagnosis, prescribing or administering improper medication, botched surgeries, neglect, and other failures that fall outside of the normal standard of care. Doctors and other healthcare providers are obligated to treat every patient with the same standard of care that is the norm for that patient’s demographic. When injury, illness, or death are the result of a doctor treating a patient without the proper standard of care, the family may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Workplace injuries and fatalities affect millions of people every year. Three million workers are injured or come down with illnesses because of their job, and just under 5,000 die. Construction work is the most dangerous, with 874 fatalities having taken place in 2014. The most dangerous place for any worker, manual labor or not, is the roadways. Workers who were performing transportation of goods or construction materials accounted for the highest fatality rate. When a workplace accident results in death, and the family of the victim depended on their income to pay the bills, it can not only be a traumatic emotional loss, but the family may be left wondering how they will survive financially. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of our Orlando wrongful death attorneys. Your legal options may include compensation for wages that your loved one would have provided if they had not suffered their tragic workplace accident.

We expect that all of our consumer products have been thoroughly tested for safety. This may not be the case. Thousands of products are recalled every year not just for being faulty, but also for being unsafe. Possibly the most dangerous faulty consumer products fall under the category of automobile parts. Faulty brakes, tires, ignition switches, and airbags have caused thousands of deaths over the years. Dangerous products also come in the form of children’s toys, household products, and food. Contact our Orlando wrongful death attorneys for more information.

Orlando Families May Seek Damages and Compensation in Civil Court For Wrongful Deaths

Wrongful death cases are very complex and require a detailed and aggressive plan of action to hold those responsible for the untimely death accountable. Even if criminal charges are filed, the immediate family may seek justice in civil court by pursuing compensation and damages

including, but not limited to:

  • Lost future earnings;
  • Medical and funeral expenses;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Loss of companionship; and
  • Possible punitive damages.

Contact Us To Review Your Case and Discuss a Plan of Action

We will listen to your story, inform you of your legal rights, investigate and analyze the facts of your Orlando wrongful death case, and aggressively represent your rights with every legal resource available by law.

It is important to understand a wrongful death suit must be pursued timely to avoid the case being barred by law. Florida Statutes provide a provision which limits the length of time following the wrongful death of a loved one in which you may file a wrongful death liability lawsuit. While no amount of money can replace a loved one who was a victim of a wrongful death, financial losses suffered because of someone’s negligence should be pursued.

If you require professional legal services regarding the wrongful death of a loved one, be proactive in protecting your loved one’s legal rights by seeking legal advice from the experienced Orlando wrongful death attorneys at Hogan Frick.