Losing a loved one for any reason can prove extremely difficult. Not only do you have the emotional challenges that go along with losing someone you love, but you may find yourself dealing with the logistics of replacing the services and tasks your loved one performed and the struggle to deal with lost financial support.
A wrongful death claim cannot bring your loved one back, but it can provide you with some compensation for the loss of your loved one and make it easier for you to manage some of the financial challenges that often come along with a missing family member.
If someone else’s negligent actions caused the loss of your loved one, a Tampa wrongful death lawyer can help. Contact Perenich Law Injury Attorneys today for a free consultation with one of our compassionate personal injury attorneys that will help you learn more about how we can protect your rights.
Perenich Law Injury Attorneys: Helping the Families of Tampa Wrongful Death Victims
At Perenich Law Injury Attorneys, we have a strong commitment to stand as the voice for the voiceless: to aid people who do not fully know their rights or their options following the loss of a loved one as they move forward with a wrongful death claim.
Our seasoned Tampa wrongful death attorneys have a strong history of results from past claims, including:
- $7.95 million awarded for failure to monitor a patient following cardiac surgery
- $2.63 million awarded after a cervical spine injection led to their death
- $2.15 million awarded to the parents of a 12-year-old who died in a DUI
- $825,000 awarded for the death of a mother of two due to medical malpractice
We cannot guarantee the results of your wrongful death claim based on these claim results. However, our experienced team of attorneys will fight to help our clients seek the full compensation they deserve for the loss of a loved one.
We investigate the details of our clients’ claims.
At Perenich Law Injury Attorneys, our proactive wrongful death lawyers in Tampa focus on investigating all the details that may have led to the incident that resulted in your loved one’s death. We aim to uncover all individuals or entities that caused or contributed to your loved one’s death, which can put you in a better position to claim the compensation you need and deserve for those losses.
We take a look at the individual or entity in question, investigate the details of the accident itself, and even look into past accidents to determine whether the entity that caused the accident knew about the risk or could have taken any additional steps to prevent it or the accident.
We help the families of victims understand the compensation they deserve.
Determining the compensation you deserve following the loss of a loved one can prove extremely difficult. You may find yourself dealing with a lot of financial losses, from the loss of your loved one’s income to any final medical bills, but how much responsibility does the liable party have for those concerns? Who should have to pay for those vital bills?
At Perenich Law Injury Attorneys, our well-practiced Tampa lawyers help our clients break down the financial losses related to the loss of a loved one to give them a better idea of how much compensation they should expect as part of a wrongful death claim.
We support our clients as they move through wrongful death claims.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one can prove highly traumatic. Often, the families of victims who lost their lives in accidents find themselves accepting less in compensation than they really deserve because they grow increasingly frustrated with the whole process.
They may have a hard time facing the incident over and over again as they deal with the insurance company and negotiate for compensation. At Perenich Law Injury Attorneys, we help support our clients, alleviating much of the stress that goes along with that claim process.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Tampa: Who Has the Right?
Understanding whether you have the right to file a wrongful death claim in Tampa can prove critical. Who has the right to file a claim? At Perenich Law Injury Attorneys, we will go over several critical details to establish your right to file a wrongful death claim.
How did your loved one die?
Did someone else’s careless actions lead to the death of your loved one? Death can occur in a variety of ways.
Tampa offers many opportunities for enjoying the water, including boating. Boating accidents, however, can prove catastrophic and, in many cases, fatal.
The heavy tourist traffic that moves through Tampa, including an estimated 30 million people who visit the Tampa Bay area each year, may increase the risk of auto accidents. Not only do tourists not know the area as well, they may lead to more congested roads, which may increase the risk of an accident.
Premises Liability Accidents
Did your loved one die as a result of a premises liability accident, from a dangerous fall to deadly construction that resulted in a serious accident? Premises liability accidents often involve poor maintenance, especially for older properties or those that have degraded over time. Premises liability incidents may also result from dangerous construction.
Drowning incidents, particularly in a swimming pool, may also count as premises liability accidents. You may have the right to file a wrongful death claim if your loved one died on private property as well as if your loved one died on public property.
Construction sites offer numerous opportunities for accidents, many of which can prove fatal. Heavy and dangerous equipment, work at heights, and dangerous chemicals abound on many construction sites.
Product Liability Incidents
Poorly constructed products, especially those that pose a danger to users, can cause many serious problems. Explosions and fires, in particular, may pose a substantial hazard that can lead to serious injuries or death.
Tampa offers a variety of medical care facilities and hospitals, including Tampa General Hospital and HCA Florida South Tampa Hospital. Any time the care providers in those hospitals and medical care facilities fail to provide a high standard of care for patients, resulting in the patient’s death, the hospital or the care provider may bear liability for that act of negligence.
If your loved one died as a result of another party’s negligence in any of those scenarios or another scenario in which someone else’s careless actions caused the accident, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim.
It does not matter when your loved one died. In some cases, for example, your loved one may go to the hospital with severe injuries, including brain injury or internal bleeding, and eventually die because of those injuries. If your loved one died as a direct result of the accident, even if that death took some time after the initial accident, you still have the right to move forward with a wrongful death claim.
What relationship do you have to the deceased?
The people with the closest family relationship to the deceased usually have the first right to file a wrongful death claim. For example, a married individual’s spouse would have the first right to file a wrongful death claim. If the deceased does not have a spouse, his children might have the right to file a claim; and if he has neither spouse nor children, his parents might have the right to file a wrongful death claim.
In the case of people who do not have close familial relations, the deceased’s estate may have the right to file a claim.
The deceased’s family can file only one wrongful death claim. In the case of multiple relatives who all have the same right to file a claim, as in the case of a deceased individual with no spouse and several children, the entire family can file just one claim. The family will then have to distribute the funds from any settlement themselves.
Securing Compensation in a Tampa Wrongful Death Claim: What to Expect
The loss of a loved one brings with it substantial financial challenges. A wrongful death claim can help you secure some compensation for those financial losses. Talk to a Tampa accidental death lawyer to learn more about how to include the financial losses you have sustained as part of your wrongful death claim. You may need to calculate several critical elements.
#1. Your Loved One’s Final Expenses
Dealing with medical expenses after a catastrophic accident can prove costly after your loved one’s death. You may face the cost of ambulance fees, emergency care, or even a period of hospitalization. In some cases, your loved one may have undergone numerous procedures to treat those injuries and increase the odds of recovery. Talk to a lawyer about those final expenses and how to include them in your claim.
#2. The Loss of Your Loved One’s Income
Many of today’s families rely on two sources of income to pay the bills. In other cases, you may have one spouse that works while the other stays at home. Losing the income of the primary breadwinner can prove particularly catastrophic, but even losing the additional income provided by the other spouse can cause financial devastation for many families.
As part of a wrongful death claim, you can claim compensation for the loss of the income your loved one provided to the family. Talk to a lawyer about your loved one’s income and its impact on your family.
#3. The Loss of Your Loved One’s Services to the Family
Even a family member who does not serve as a primary breadwinner may provide substantial financial value to the family in other ways. For example, some family members may provide services like childcare and meal preparation.
Others may take care of the house, yard, and vehicle, particularly when it comes to major repairs. Losing those services can present a financial burden of its own, since, in many cases, the family will then have to pay someone else to take care of those tasks.
#4. The Loss of Your Loved One’s Presence
Loss of consortium, or the loss of a relationship provided by a spouse, can create a significant emotional burden for many people. While it does not have a concrete financial cost, it may nevertheless mean immense losses.
Furthermore, the loss of the advice provided by a parent, or the loss of the presence of a child, can prove devastating to many families. Losing your loved one’s presence may not carry a direct financial component, but you can still include it as part of your wrongful death claim.
Who Bears Liability in Tampa Wrongful Death Claims?
If you lost a loved one, you may need to work with a skilled Tampa accidental death attorney to help determine all parties that may bear liability for that accident. You may, in many cases, uncover multiple parties that contributed to the accident.
Most of the time, the liable party includes those who:
- Bore a duty of care to your loved one at the time of the incident. This might include a driver who shared the road with your loved one or your loved one’s employer.
- Violated that duty of care in some way that caused a significant accident. For example, a driver who failed to exercise adequate caution on the road, or who chose to drink and drive, might have violated his duty of care.
- Caused your loved one’s accident and, ultimately, death due to that violation.
A lawyer can help identify the parties that contributed to your loved one’s accident and, therefore, how your loved one’s death occurred, allowing you to file a wrongful death claim against those entities.
Contact a Tampa Wrongful Death Attorney as Soon as Possible
If you lost a loved one in an accident due to the negligence of another party, do not try to handle that claim on your own. You could find yourself fighting for the compensation your family deserves. Instead, contact Perenich Law Injury Attorneys today to schedule a free consultation with a Tampa wrongful death lawyer and learn more about your rights.