Wrongful Death Attorney
The death of a loved one is a tragic and gut-wrenching event.
That pain is only made worse when it’s due to another party’s negligence.
If you have lost a loved one, we want to offer our sincere condolences first. No one deserves to feel the pain of losing a loved one through a potentially avoidable accident. Furthermore, the party responsible should understand the consequences of their carelessness.
We understand that this is a difficult time; you may even find it hard to talk about your loss. But pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit can help provide a sense of closure while also holding the negligent party responsible for their actions.
Despite the relief that a wrongful death claim can bring, too many people miss out on getting justice. For wrongful death lawsuits, the statute of limitations is only two years from the victim’s death. So, it is important to not wait.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence, seeing a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible will give you the best chance of a successful lawsuit.
Here For You
The days and weeks following a tragic loss are some of the most difficult moments you will ever experience.
In addition to dealing with the burden of grief, you may also have to navigate home and work obligations, probate proceedings, or numerous other responsibilities. Many who find themselves in this situation simply do not have the time or energy to pursue a wrongful death claim against the party responsible.
That’s where we come in.
At Beers & Gordon, we will do everything possible to take on the burden of your claim or lawsuit so that you can take the time you need to mourn your loss and become accustomed to your new normal.
While this may be uncharted territory for you and your family, we’ve guided others through similar tragic situations time and time again.
We understand that it may be difficult to rehash the painful details of your loss as you pursue legal action. This is why we always aim to resolve your claim as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Nothing can bring your loved one back and no amount of money can ever truly compensate for your loss. But a wrongful death lawsuit can help alleviate some of the financial hardships and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. It may also provide support for remaining family members, especially children who have lost their parents.
In Florida, surviving family members (spouses, parents, children, and other dependents) may have the right to seek recovery for medical bills, funeral and burial costs, emotional damages, loss of future earnings, loss of companionship, and other past or future expenses.
Understanding what you are entitled to receive is a difficult task that is best completed with the guidance of a wrongful death attorney.
Proving Your Case
Your first step in filing a wrongful death suit is to meet with an attorney to determine whether the loss was the result of another’s negligence. The earlier you do this, the better. The sooner a decision is made, the more likely that evidence can be preserved.
Unfortunately, we have seen defendants change road conditions and other negligent conditions before an inspection can be done.
There are four elements to proving a wrongful death. The first is to prove there was a duty of care toward the deceased. For example, drivers have a duty to safely operate their vehicles, companies have a duty to ensure the safety of their products, and property owners have a duty to protect visitors from known threats.
Second, you must prove that there was a breach of duty. This could include a driver who drinks before getting behind the wheel or a property owner who failed to install security cameras in a high-crime area.
Third, you need to prove that you suffered from actual, measurable damages as a result of your loved one’s demise. This does not only mean financial hardship, but emotional turmoil as well.
Lastly—and most difficult to prove—is causation, the fact that the actions and/or negligence of the defendant were directly responsible for the damages you suffered.
Successfully proving all four of these principles is not as simple as it appears. Real-life cases often have details that make filing a lawsuit more complicated. Having an experienced wrongful death attorney on your side greatly increases your chances of a successful case.
Traffic accidents are a leading cause of death among Americans aged 1-54, so it should come as no surprise that motor vehicle fatalities are one of the leading causes of wrongful death claims as well.
All licensed drivers in Florida have a duty of care to operate their vehicles safely and responsibly. Yet far too many intoxicated, distracted, or just plain careless motorists get behind the wheel every day, putting others in harm’s way.
It’s important to remember that you are not fighting against the at-fault driver when you file a wrongful death claim. You are fighting against their insurance company. The at-fault driver may not have legal representation, but we can assure you that the insurance company does. Without experienced legal counsel of your own, you may be missing out on the full benefits you deserve.
The Help You Need
The Healing You Deserve
Grieving the loss of a loved one takes an unimaginable toll—on your finances as well as your emotions. If you’re navigating these uncertain waters, filing a lawsuit might seem like an insurmountable obstacle.
At Beers & Gordon, we always put our clients first. We put everything we have into getting results for you, so that you can focus on processing your grief and acclimating to your new normal. You do not need the additional burden of questioning whether your attorney has the experience and the financial ability to handle your wrongful death claim. You need peace of mind as it relates to this claim, and we can give that to you at Beers & Gordon.
If you have lost a loved one due to another’s negligence, you should know that there are strict time limitations in wrongful death actions that require one to seek legal counsel sooner rather than later. If a person dies without a will, an estate may have to be set up before an action can be pursued.
Schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable, experienced wrongful death attorney today to see how we can help you.