Lakeland Wrongful Death Attorney
When another person or business causes the loss of a loved one through their wrongful act or negligence, the sudden disturbance to the family can be immeasurably disruptive and tragic. Family members will want to hold that party accountable to achieve justice and closure, and they will need financial help to deal with medical and funeral costs, lost income or other services, and the unfathomable hole left in their lives. Compassionate with clients and aggressive in pursuit of justice, The Turnbull Firm helps Lakeland families get the financial compensation they need by making the responsible parties pay for the damage they have caused. If you have lost a loved one due to a car or truck accident, nursing home neglect, medical malpractice or some other act of negligence or misconduct, call The Turnbull Firm for a no-cost, confidential consultation to find out how our Lakeland wrongful death attorney can help.
How do wrongful death claims work in Florida?
Florida law authorizes the personal representative of the estate to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. The personal representative is the person named in the will or appointed by the court to oversee the distribution of the estate. Often, this person is a close family member who is personally grieving and consoling other family members while working and running the household without the additional help that once was there. Saddled with the additional burden of overseeing the administration of the estate, the personal representative can easily be overwhelmed. The Turnbull Firm is prepared to step in and immediately take control of the process of pursuing a wrongful death claim for the benefit of the estate and the grieving family members.
A wrongful death claim proceeds similarly to a personal injury claim in many respects. First, the attorney attempts to negotiate a favorable settlement from the responsible party or their insurance company. If the parties can’t agree on a fair amount of compensation, The Turnbull Firm initiates a lawsuit in court. A settlement may still occur at any time, but attorney Sanga Turnbull is prepared to take the case to trial and appeal, if necessary, to win a victory for his clients.
How are benefits paid on a wrongful death claim?
If the case is successful, the negligent party or their insurer compensates individual family members of the deceased as well as the estate itself. Surviving family members include the spouse, children, parents, and any siblings or other blood relatives who were dependent on the deceased for support. Other family members may receive compensation through distributions from the estate.
Family members receive compensation for the loss of support and services they must endure, depending on their relationship to the deceased and the deceased’s former income or the replacement value of services provided by the deceased. Additionally:
- A spouse can receive compensation for loss of companionship and protection, as well as mental pain and suffering.
- Minor children can recover for the loss of parental companionship, instruction and guidance, as well as mental pain and suffering.
- Adult children can recover damages if the deceased did not leave behind a surviving spouse.
- A parent of a deceased minor child can recover for mental pain and suffering caused by the death. A parent of a deceased adult child can also recover compensation if there are no other surviving family members entitled to a recovery.
- A surviving family member who paid medical or funeral expenses can recover those costs.
Benefits the responsible party must pay to the estate include the loss of earnings the deceased would have accumulated, as well as any medical or funeral costs charged against the estate or paid by the estate. Since surviving family members are also likely the chief beneficiaries of the estate, this arrangement helps ensure that family members achieve the best recovery available.
Let The Turnbull Firm Help Your Family Recover For their Loss
If you are the personal representative of the estate of a person killed through another’s negligence or malpractice, The Turnbull Firm can help you with your wrongful death claim. You are likely already swamped with numerous tasks, and you need to be able to hand this important job to an experienced Lakeland wrongful death attorney who will immediately know what to do. Attorney Sanga Turnbull has decades of experience handling wrongful death cases for insurance companies as well as families. Call The Turnbull Firm in Lakeland, and we’ll take it from there.