Speak to a wrongful death attorney in Tampa when you’ve lost a loved one to someone else’s actions. The loss of a spouse or child is the most difficult experience a person can endure. This is even more difficult when the loss is sudden and unexpected because it has been caused by the negligence of another. This alone can be a heartbreaking experience, but it also comes with many costs that can be hard to predict.
Unexpected deaths make you responsible without warning for funeral costs, related medical bills and any property losses, such as family vehicles. These costs may be more than your family can manage, especially if the person killed is a person whose income is important to the family. Fees and lost wages are just a small part of the way that the family suffers.
When the deceased person is an adult, his or her spouse, children, or parents may have the right to seek compensation, depending on the type of case. You may have a case when the wrongful death of your family member was caused by some type of negligence. This negligence may take the form of a single person’s actions, an unsafe product or insufficient workplace safety policies.
Any amount recovered will be divided between the surviving spouse and children. The widow/widower is guaranteed at least one-third of any recovery. If the one killed was a minor, the right to recover belongs to the parents. Your Tampa wrongful death attorney may not require legal fees from you. If the case is tried on contingency, the lawyer will take their share out of the settlement, instead.
Determining the appropriate value of a claim for wrongful death and for the estate’s claim is complicated because it involves many factors.
- The extent of the injury which led to the person’s wrongful death
- The economic losses that are recoverable
- The individual’s medical history
- Liability issues related to the situation
- The venue or location of the trial
- The identity of the defendant. A company or large organization may garner less sympathy than an individual defendant
If you or someone you know has lost a loved one who died as a result of an accident and is seeking a wrongful death attorney in Tampa, please tell them to call Christopher Ligori & Associates at 813-223-2929 for a free consultation.