What You Should Know About Wrongful Death

Did you lose a loved one due to another’s negligence in Virginia? Here is what you should know about wrongful death. Call our attorneys today.

1) Benefits Available in a Wrongful Death Case

What You Should Know About Wrongful DeathWe had a large wrongful death case, unfortunately, with a very big family in the Tampa area. Their family member was unfortunately the victim of a wrongful death in a car accident, and they asked what the recoverable damages were in a case like that. Basically, there are two categories of recoverable damages – those that are recoverable by the estate for the person who unfortunately passed away and those damages that are recoverable by the survivors. The statute specifically delineates various members – sometimes minor children, the surviving spouse, for instance – who are entitled to damages. What kinds of damages, then, is the question.

There are various types of damages that are delineate throughout the statute. To determine what you qualify for, you need a lawyer who is well-versed in the wrongful death statute. Give us a call, if your family member has been the victim of a wrongful death, and we will evaluate your case, including the damages elements.

2) Cost of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Wrongful death lawsuits in particular can be very expensive. Sometimes we have to hire experts and a lot of times we have to go to trial. We recently had a client that asked us how much their wrongful death case would cost at the consult. It’s a very good question. Yes, you hear from lawyers all the time who will take the case on a contingency fee, which means we get a percentage of the recovery, but what about the costs? What about the costs that are going to be involved regardless whether you hire a lawyer? They’re there. There’s a filing fee, there’s service of process – those are on the low side. The expert fees are what get very expensive.

With these cases, once we, at this firm, have had an opportunity to evaluate it, we will advance those costs on your behalf. If we feel that you have a case and we can pursue it, and we can get you a maximum recovery, we will advance those costs so that we can be able to prosecute the claim adequately and then you don’t come out-of-pocket. Do not let the prospect of an expensive endeavor scare you away from pursuing a claim that you may have. Let us evaluate it and we’ll be glad to do so.

3) Wrongful Death From Injuries

We had an unfortunate case where we had a client who was severely injured in an accident in Hillsborough County, Tampa, and unfortunately passed away a few weeks after the consult. One of the family members called and asked us if there’s a wrongful death case. The answer is yes. It’s unfortunate, but what happens is the case has to go by the rules delineated under the Florida statutes, and those statutes are very specific.

You need a lawyer who is able to master those rules and be able to effectively consult you to get the maximum value for your case. We would be glad to review your wrongful death case for you and your family. Give us a call.


Did you lose a loved one from the negligence of another in Florida and have questions about what you should know about wrongful death? Contact experienced Florida wrongful death attorneys at Serrano Law today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

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