Wrongful Death Attorneys in Tampa
We are trial attorneys. That means we know what it takes to win both settlements and cases. Led by J. Daniel Clark, who has over 25 years of experience and is a board-certified civil trial lawyer by The Florida Bar and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, our team has the legal acumen to assess your case and let you know exactly what we can do for you and what the likely outcome will be. Of course, we cannot guarantee results. What we can guarantee is that, when we take your case, we will pursue it with a tenaciousness that has shown significant results.
What To Do After Experiencing A Devastating Loss
If you have lost a family member, you have our sincere condolences. We know that nothing will bring back your loved one. But there are things you can do that may ease your burden after the unthinkable happens. We are here to help you pick up the pieces and move forward.
When To Seek Legal Assistance
Not every accident or every undesirable outcome is the result of negligence. But when negligence is the cause of the loss of life, it’s time to speak with a legal professional.
Wrongful death is a term used to describe the type of lawsuit brought by the surviving relatives of a deceased person against the person who caused the death to happen. A wrongful death action is separate from the lawsuit that may be brought on behalf of the deceased person (for example, by the deceased person’s estate) for damages resulting from injuries to the deceased. So, there are two potential lawsuits that surviving family members may pursue.
For procedural purposes, these actions are typically combined into one lawsuit. The wrongful act may be:
- A negligent or careless act, such as reckless, drunken or distracted driving
- A reckless act that led to your loved one’s death, which could include surgery or a medical treatment
- An intentional act, such as a deliberate murder
We know that it may not always be clear as to what caused or led to your loved one’s passing. We offer a free consultation so that you can get your questions answered. If we do take your case, you pay us nothing out of pocket. We only collect a fee if we are able to win a settlement (an agreement outside of court) or a verdict (a ruling by a court) for you.
What Types Of Damages Can Be Pursued?
In a wrongful death lawsuit, the amount of damages is not always straightforward. Survivors can usually sue for medical bills paid for the care of the person who was injured as well as for burial expenses. But, because the idea is that the survivors have been injured by the absence of the person who died, determining the amount of damages requires consideration of what probably would have occurred in the future. The damages that can be assessed may include:
- An estimate of the amount of earnings the person who died would have earned if they had lived (this would include cost of living increases and interest)
- Pain and suffering experienced by the survivors due to the absence of the deceased person (the survivor may be a spouse, child, parent or sibling of the deceased)
Get A Free Consultation Regarding Your Loss
We know there is nothing that can replace the loss of the special person in your life. But this does not mean nothing can be done. We will pursue the full medical and financial support that you need to move forward. We can also put you in touch with the resources you need and deserve in this difficult time. Call Clark | Martino, at 813-879-0700 to speak with us in a free and confidential meeting. You can also reach our team via our website contact email.