St. Petersburg Wrongful Death Lawyer
The death of a loved one can be immensely painful. When that death was caused by the carelessness of another, it becomes even harder to imagine feeling happiness ever again. If you have suffered such a loss, we may be able to be of some service in helping to bring about justice and providing a more stable economic future for your family. Contact us to discuss your legal options with one of our St. Petersburg wrongful death lawyers at your soonest convenience.
Negligent Acts are Breaches in Duty of Care
In order for another party to be held financially accountable for the damages suffered by you and your family, that party must have violated their duty to act with care. This duty of care comes in many forms and spans all aspects of our society. From obeying traffic laws, to keeping the floors of a restaurant safe for invitees, to providing a high standard of medical care, drivers, property owners, and doctors alike must all uphold this duty. Only when this duty is broken, and there is substantial supporting evidence to show that it was broken, can a wrongful death lawsuit be filed against the negligent party.
Who are the Survivors?
The financial compensation for damages to the survivors includes the family members listed below, according to Florida statutes 768.81. A survivor is the deceased’s:
- Children (including children born of the mother out of wedlock but not born of the father out of wedlock);
- Parents; and
- Any blood relatives or adopted brothers and sisters who were partially or wholly dependant on the decedent for support or services.
What is Considered Financial Compensation of a Wrongful Death?
New research done by Stanford economists argues that the value of one quality year of human life is $129,000. It is a crude and inhuman task to put a pricetag on someone’s life. No monetary amount of compensation, or anything else for that matter, can come even close to righting the wrongs made by the negligent party. However, the compensation can go a long way to aiding in your and your family’s recovery, as well as helping to ease the burden of current and future costs associated with the death. A wrongful death lawsuit or settlement may also be able to provide finances for building a strong future for your family. Depending on the specifics of your case and the financial or insured state of the negligent party, you may be able to be compensated for the following:
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of enjoyment in life, or companionship for the spouse;
- Loss of companionship and guidance for the children;
- Lost support and services;
- Lost wages;
- Lost inheritance;
- Medical expenses of the deceased;
- Funeral costs; and
- Punitive damages
Contact Our Experienced St. Petersburg Wrongful Death Lawyers
If the life of your loved one was taken away by a careless, negligent, or reckless act of another, do not hesitate to contact a wrongful death lawyer of the St. Petersburg law office of Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian at 1-800-227-2275 today.