Few families can prepare for suddenly losing a loved one, especially when another person or entity’s negligence caused the person’s fatal injuries. The emotional burden of losing someone close is hard to bear, but an unexpected death can also bring financial hardship, stress, and other problems. If you and your family are grieving such a loss, we offer our sincere condolences and want to help you. You are not alone, and legal help is available.
You can seek justice for your loved one. A Cocoa Beach wrongful death lawyer with Andrew Pickett Law, PLLC can help your family take action against the liable party. You can hold them accountable for your loved one’s death. We will manage your case for you and seek the maximum compensation so you can cover expenses left behind in your relative’s absence.
Recoverable Wrongful Death Damages in Cocoa Beach
Per Florida Statutes § 768.19, wrongful death occurs when a person or entity’s actions cause someone’s death. Wrongful death damages attempt to compensate families whose loved ones died from another’s carelessness or recklessness. Traffic accidents, work-related accidents, slip and fall accidents, and defective products, are common events that prompt wrongful death actions.
We will review your situation to determine what damages you can recover under Florida law and how much each one is worth. Some of your losses will not have a fixed dollar amount, but we will take care of that task. We can assess those and determine how much we can request from the liable party.
Recoverable wrongful death damages you could seek include:
- The decedent’s medical expenses
- Funeral and burial or cremation expenses
- Mental pain and suffering
- Lost income, benefits, and other earnings (including future income the decedent would have made)
- Loss of anticipated inheritances
- Loss of support and services the decedent would have provided
- Loss of the decedent’s companionship, guidance, and protection
Each case is unique based on the circumstances of the death. We will identify all the damages you can recover.
For a free legal consultation with a wrongful death lawyer serving Cocoa Beach, call 321-503-4014
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Cocoa Beach?
Florida law specifies which family members can sue the liable party for damages under this action. We can review your situation and help you understand if and how your family can benefit from a wrongful death lawsuit.
Under Florida Statutes § 768.20, the individual appointed as the estate’s personal representative can file the lawsuit on behalf of the decedent’s survivors. This decedent’s will should name this person, but if not, their next of kin is responsible for filing the action.
Per Florida Statutes § 768.21, the parties who could claim these losses are:
- The decedent’s surviving spouse, minor children, or parents
- A blood relative or adoptive sibling who was either partially or fully dependent on the decedent
If you have questions about who’s eligible to recover damages for a wrongful death, we can answer them during your free consultation.
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How Our Cocoa Beach Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help
Our attorney and experienced team of paralegals can guide you through the complex legal process of recovering wrongful death damages. Attorney Andrew Pickett is ready to meet with you to learn more about what happened to your loved one. He is a former prosecutor who is not afraid of taking cases to court. In the past ten years, he has tried to verdict more than 50 jury trials.
When he works on his clients’ behalf, he treats every wrongful death case as if it is going to trial. He is steadfast in helping clients like you get the compensation that can help as they cope with their loss. Our team will protect your rights and look out for your interests as we seek compensation that helps you and your family move forward. Hiring us means we will:
- Investigate the matter to determine what happened and collect evidence (e.g., an official police report, witness statements, photographs, video footage, medical records)
- Identify which parties are liable for your loved one’s passing
- Review your damages to determine how much compensation you can seek
- Negotiate with the liable party’s insurer for a fair settlement
- Represent you in all legal proceedings and handle all communications with the liable party’s representatives, including their attorney or insurer
- Filing your wrongful death action by the statutes of limitations deadline outlined in Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d)
- Fighting for your recovery at trial if we cannot settle your lawsuit outside of court
We value and respect our clients’ time, so we promptly answer phone calls and emails and ensure we communicate clearly and consistently. We will update you on every detail and development in your case. In addition, you can ask us any questions you have and share your concerns.
You Generally Have Two Years to File a Wrongful Death Case in Florida
The sooner our wrongful death lawyer can start on your case, the sooner we can file it on time and within the state’s statute of limitations deadline. Per Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d), you have two years from the date of the decedent’s death to file a wrongful death action.
We can review your specific situation and advise you of the filing deadline. Some exceptions can lengthen or shorten these deadlines, such as in cases involving medical malpractice, homicides, and government entities.
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We Must Prove Negligence Occurred in a Brevard County Wrongful Death Case
When we investigate a wrongful death case, we look for the four elements of negligence to prove that the liable party owes the family damages. The elements are:
- Duty of care. The liable party owed your loved one a duty of care to keep your loved one safe.
- Breach of duty of care. The liable party’s actions or inactions caused your loved one’s accident and fatal injuries.
- Causation. Their failure to uphold their duty to your loved one directly led to or caused your loved one harm.
- Damages. Your loved one suffered fatal injuries that also caused your family emotional, mental, and financial losses that are recoverable under law.
We will make a strong case for negligence and liability based on our collected evidence. We will also seek fair and maximum compensation from the liable party’s insurer.
Call Us Today About Your Cocoa Beach Wrongful Death Case
You deserve to have a legal representative to guide you through the process of a Florida wrongful death lawsuit. Andrew Pickett Law, PLLC can help you manage this challenging time by taking care of your legal matters while you focus on restoring your life after losing your loved one.
We can advise you on your next steps and the possible outcomes for your case. Call us today for a free initial consultation to get started.