Altamonte Springs Wrongful Death Lawyer
Wrongful death refers to a fatality that occurs as a result of negligent or reckless behavior or lack of care. When a family member is killed in an accident or another incident, the family is left to pick up the pieces. On top of the emotional toll that any death takes, you may be left uncertain about your income, expenses, and other finances. The dedicated Florida wrongful death attorney at Goldman Law, P.A., can help.
Dedicated Service to Families of Wrongful Death Victims
The seasoned Altamonte Springs wrongful death lawyer Sarah Goldman Geise has more than a been handling personal injury litigation for more than a decade, ranging from the simple and straightforward to the complex and difficult to prove. She has litigated on both sides of the table, so she knows how defense attorneys and insurance companies operate. Wrongful death cases can be particularly emotionally-charged and complex to prove. Goldman Law, P.A. offers reasoned, passionate advice and representation to our Central Florida personal injury clients.
When an incident involves the death of a loved one, we will not rest until you and your family are justly compensated for the harm you have suffered. We will take insurance companies and defense attorneys to task for you and do our absolute best to ensure that you get what you are owed. While no amount of money can replace a lost loved one, the parties responsible for their death should not get away without being forced to accept responsibility.
Wrongful Death Claims Under Florida Law
In order to bring a wrongful death claim under Florida law, the fatality must have occurred as the result of a “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty.” Any type of accident or incident can serve as the basis for a wrongful death claim, provided that the accident was caused by someone’s negligent or reckless behavior and a victim was killed as a result. Wrongful death claims often arise from, for example:
- Car accidents
- Premises liability incidents (slip and fall)
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Dangerous drugs
Only certain parties are permitted to bring wrongful death claims in Florida. Generally, a personal representative of the estate will be the person to bring the claim. The personal representative can be named in a will or appointed by the court and will bring the wrongful death claim on behalf of any surviving family members. The following parties are eligible to recover damages for wrongful death under Florida law:
- Surviving spouses
- Children (whether adopted or biological)
- Certain dependent blood relatives
- The estate of the decedent
Wrongful death claims are subject to a specific time limit, called the statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of death in most cases. There are a few limited circumstances under which the statute of limitations may be “tolled,” i.e., the two-year period may start later than the date of death. A knowledgeable Florida wrongful death attorney can help you understand whether you are eligible to bring a claim or recover damages for wrongful death and what steps you must take in order to do so.
Help With a Central Florida Wrongful Death Claim
There is nothing harder than unexpectedly losing a loved one. If you have a family member who was killed as a result of someone else’s negligence in Central Florida, you may have a right to recover damages. Reach out to the compassionate and effective Florida wrongful death lawyer at Goldman Law, P.A. for assistance with your claim. Our Altamonte Springs personal injury team will investigate your claim, build your case, and fight for the damages you are owed. Your family should not have to suffer in vain because of the negligent or reckless behavior of another. Call the Altamonte Springs wrongful death lawyer at Goldman Law, P.A. for a free consultation.