Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Fort Pierce

Fort Pierce Wrongful Death LawyersOver 100 years ago, a fort was built just off the Treasure Coast and was named after the Colonel that had it built. Years later, the city that grew around the fort came to be known as Fort Pierce.

The Sunrise City, as Fort Pierce is often known, boasts a rich culture and loaded history. It is the seat for St. Lucie and hosts a population of about 50,000.

Even so, on an average day in Fort Pierce in 2019, the emergency room will see patients who have sustained accidents and suffered severe to fatal injuries. Despite the efforts of hospitals and medical care centers, many will sadly die.

Losing a loved one through the negligence of another is one of the most difficult things to go through. Although there is nothing that can fill this loss, you may be eligible to seek justice. If you have lost a loved one through the wrongful actions of another, contact the legal team at Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers. Our attorneys can offer advice as to whether you have a wrongful death claim and help you seek compensation for this tragic loss.

Wrongful Death Claims in Fort Pierce 1. Car or Auto Accidents

Where there are cars, there will be car accidents. As Fort Pierce's population expands, and more tourists pile into the city by the beach, car accidents can be a common occurrence. Some car accidents are caused by violating traffic laws, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, unsafe lane changes, drowsy driving, texting while driving or speeding.

Regardless of the cause, car accidents have the potential to turn deadly very fast, and many lose their lives in terrible car accidents.

2. Accidents Involving Semi-trucks, Commercial Trucks, Tractor Trailers or 18-Wheelers

As the region along the Treasure Coast becomes more commercial, trucks and trailers carrying large quantities of products frequent the roadways. These trucks can cause major damage if they get involved in an accident.

3. Motorcycle, Bike and Pedestrian Accidents

Bikes and motorcycles are commonly observed in neighborhood streets and freeways. Accidents with a motorcyclist or pedestrian could prove fatal.

4. Negligent Security

If a building or parking garage doesn't have satisfactory security plans (security guards, cameras, etc.) a robbery, assault or murder could result. Negligent security law applies to open spots, for instance, malls, parking lots, or buildings, where you may become fatally harmed because of the nonattendance of security measures.

5. Premises Liability

Premises liability could include, wet floors that could cause a deadly slip and fall incident, or a gas discharge that causes an explosion. It is the duty of the owner/manager of the building to ensure no such situation is created, which could cause a fatal incident.

6. Workplace Deaths

If an individual passes away while performing his job duties, it is classified as a workplace death. There can be various explanations behind workplace fatalities, the most notable ones being road mishaps with company-owned vehicles, or dangerous slip and fall setbacks while working in unsafe conditions. It is the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe and healthy work environment; the employer may be held accountable for deaths that occur in his workplace.

7. Defective Products

A small defect in a product that is overlooked after production can be the reason that someone loses their life. If a death is caused by the substandard product sold by a company, the company can be held liable for selling products that can potentially put the lives of people in danger.

8. Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractices are not that rare. Be it from sleepiness from working long shifts or not following instructions precisely. While the problem can be corrected a lot of the time, not always is someone lucky enough. Sometimes, the damage is discovered much later, when it already has progressed into a life-threatening situation.

Who can file a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida

It is surely a terrible time for a surviving family member to go through watching their loved one die due the negligence and wrongfulness of another party. A lawsuit won't bring the deceased back, but it will help give the family some sense of justice, and give the spouse, parent, child, or a close family member, some financial security.

In Florida, the personal representative of the deceased person's estate is eligible to file a wrongful death claim. The personal representative is someone that may be named in the deceased person's will or estate plan. If there is no will or estate plan, the personal representative will be appointed by the court.

Although the wrongful death claim is filed by the personal representative, it is filed on behalf of the deceased person's estate and any surviving family members. In the wrongful death claim, the personal representative must list every survivor who has an interest in the case.

Each of these holds the right to pursue a wrongful death claim in Florida:

  • Spouse: The surviving widow or widower can file a lawsuit
  • Parents: Whether the child was a minor or adult, the child's parents can file for a wrongful death claim
  • Children: The loss of a parent makes the adult child of the deceased eligible to file a lawsuit
  • All family members: Distant family members, like grandparents, can file a wrongful claim in the case of no surviving statutory beneficiary
  • Financial Dependants: If the deceased supported someone financially during their lifetime, the dependants can sue for monetary compensation

Let our legal team evaluate your wrongful death claim. We will assist you with any questions and offer guidance as to your legal options.

After a Wrongful Death: Damages You Can Pursue

You May pursue monetary damages when a loved one dies due to someone else's negligence. Our attorneys can try to help you calculate and recover damages in your wrongful death claim.

  • Funeral and Burial Expenses
  • Funerals and burials are costly, especially if done on sudden and short notice, as is the case with many accidental death cases. Expenses can stretch out from $7000 to $12000 for arranging a small funeral service.

  • Medical Bills from the accident
  • The deceased may have been hospitalized and underwent medical procedures prior to their passing.

  • Pain and Suffering
  • Pain and suffering cannot have a number tagged to it. Regardless of the way no measure of damages will ever have the capacity to make up for the life of an individual and the torment it brings to the suffering family members, you can claim damages for the injury, anguish, and sadness the death brought you.

  • Lost Earnings, Loss of Support and Services, Loss of Net Accumulations
  • The deceased's income may have been a significant financial contributor in running the family and supporting the individual costs of the family members. The damages claimed should also be sufficient remuneration for all the potential future compensation that the family would have gotten had the death never occurred, so they don't have to worry about financials on top of the agony of losing a companion or relative.

  • Loss of Companionship and Consortium
  • The death of the victim may have made you lose significant relationships that gave you love, comfort, security, and assistance. Children may have lost a parental figure and their guidance, while a parent may have depended upon the deceased for physical and money related assistance.

An experienced wrongful death attorney will guide you about what damages you may pursue, dependent upon your specific case.

Computing Wrongful Death Claims Worth

Several factors will be evaluated in the calculation of the damages that may be awarded in a wrongful death claim. These include:

  • Household chores that the survivor will now have to pay to have done
  • Emotional trauma and loss of companionship, support and services
  • The emotional trauma and mental distress of close relatives of the victim, such as a spouse or parents
  • The life expectancy of the survivor and the victims
  • The funeral and burial expenses
  • An evaluation of the loss of services and support
  • How the survivor is related to the victim
  • How much of the victim's estimated net income can be distributed to the survivor
  • The replacement value of the victim's services to the survivor, such as that of a family earner

There are several additional features that are also taken into consideration during the calculation of the claim. These include:

If the victim has young children, they will also be compensated for the loss of parental guidance from their lives, and awarded a certain amount for the agony and misery of dealing with a parent's death, while in the case of the victim having no children or spouse, each parent of the victim gets compensated for the same.

Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers have experience in dealing with wrongful death cases and strive to get the victims' families and loved ones fair monetary settlements for the damages and losses incurred.

How Long Do You Have To File a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?

In Florida, the Statute of Limitations for a Wrongful Death lawsuit is two years from the date of death. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this time period, the Court will likely dismiss your case and you will be barred from recovering compensation for your claim.

Find out more about the statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits in Fort Pierce, Florida, and why it is essential to file the lawsuit before the Statute of Limitations expires.

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Benefits of Hiring Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers

Our Wrongful Death Lawyers have over 40 years of combined legal experience and recovered more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements. We have assisted more than 8,000 clients in the County and throughout the State of Florida.

Frankl Kominsky's Injury Lawyers will investigate the details of the case, try to obtain the necessary evidence and handle all communication with the at-fault party's insurance company. Our legal team will try to negotiate with the defendants to agree on a settlement amount that is fair and acceptable to both parties. If we are unable to settle your claim, we will pursue litigation on your behalf.

If you have lost someone you love due to the negligence of another, contact us for a free consultation and let us handle it from there.

At Frankl Kominsky, we provide diligent legal representation and phenomenal case management along with superior client services. As our client, you have an entire team of seasoned injury professionals on your side. 

Call 772-800-8000 to get in touch with wrongful death lawyers serving Fort Pierce and start your free consultation today!

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