Helping You Seek Justice After The Loss Of A Loved One
Losing a loved one in an accident is devastating and can leave you feeling angry. However, there is a way to hold negligent parties responsible for the accident and obtain compensation to help you move forward. At The Barker Law Firm, in St. Petersburg, Florida, our attorney and legal team can help you file a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one.
We have over 35 years of experience representing the families of those who died as a result of the negligence of another. Whether your loved one’s death was the result of a car accident, drowning or a slip and fall, you can rely on us to fight for you.
Understanding Wrongful Death Claims
A claim for wrongful death can be brought when an individual dies as a result of another party’s negligence or intentional act. Wrongful death claims allow a decedent’s estate to file a lawsuit against the party who is legally responsible for the death. To hold the defendant liable in a wrongful death, the person making the claim must meet the same burden of proof that the decedent would have had to meet had the decedent lived.
A wrongful death claim can arise out of any accident caused by someone else’s negligence, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Drowning due to negligence
- Defective products, such as car seats
Wrongful death claims resulting from a motor vehicle accident can be brought against the driver of the vehicle, the owner of the vehicles, which sometimes includes businesses or corporations, or they may be made against the owner/driver of the vehicle in which the deceased was a passenger. You can also file a wrongful death claim on behalf of pedestrians and bicyclists killed by motor vehicles on the roadway. In a wrongful death claim, you can obtain damages to compensate you for your loved one’s medical bills, funeral costs, burial expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering.
The Support You Need To Get Through This Difficult Time
If you’ve recently lost a family member as a result of a wrongful death, you are grieving and feeling overwhelmed. You are also likely angry that someone else caused the death of a loved one. Our attorney and legal team at The Barker Law Firm can ease the burden of dealing with the legalities involved and take the burden off you. We will handle the tasks involved in pursuing a claim for the death of your loved one, allowing you and your family to deal with and heal from your loss.
It is important to hire a lawyer sooner rather than later because the wrongful death statute of limitations limits the time in which you can file a lawsuit. In Florida, you only have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a claim. Because of the complexities of a death case, these cases should be handled by an experienced Florida wrongful death attorney who is familiar with the Florida Wrongful Death Statute.
Learn More About Your Legal Options
When you work with us at The Barker Law Firm, you will always receive the personalized attention and respect your case deserves. We understand that you face an incredibly difficult time. Our goal is to help streamline the legal process and take on some of your legal burdens so that you can focus on healing.