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Wrongful Death

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Wrongful death can occur as a result of many different kinds of negligence. In some cases, people die as a result of careless handling of a gun. Death can also result from negligent property conditions, negligent security, or though careless operation of a motor vehicle. Florida laws provide a strict set of rules about who is entitled to money damages in a wrongful death case. At the law firm of Bernstein & Maryanoff, our lawyers offer a free consultation to explain your rights. From our principal office in Miami and numerous other offices across Florida, we represent clients throughout the state.

Under the Florida wrongful death act, a spouse is entitled to recover money damages for emotional grief at the loss of their spouse. A parent is entitled to recover damages for the emotional grief of losing their child. The wrongful death act allows a child or minor to recover money damages for their loss of parental guidance and support.

Florida law further allows a family member who resided with the deceased person to recover the value of lost support and services. This can include of the value of tasks of a household nature that were provided by the deceased. The estate of the deceased person has the right to recover the value of the accumulated property that a person would have owned had they lived their entire life. Funeral expenses are also recoverable by the estate, or by the person who paid for those expenses. Death benefits may be available under your car insurance.

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The death of a family member is the most emotionally devastating event that anyone can experience. While nothing can bring your loved one back, a lawyer can help you get justice by maximizing the amount of compensation that you recover. These cases require a lawyer with extensive experience in handling wrongful death claims.

It is extremely important that you supply your lawyer with all of your family photos and videos that include your family member. You should include photos of your family member when they were young and recent photos before they died. It is critically important that you give your lawyer items of a sentimental nature to show your loss, such as a baptism certificate, birthday cards, writings, and certificates for completion of courses of study. Your lawyer can use all of these items to create a presentation to show the insurance company the kind of information that could be presented to a jury in order to maximize your financial award. We at Bernstein & Maryanoff would like to assist you in this process.

The statute of limitations for filing wrongful death claims is typically two years. It’s important to contact a lawyer promptly so that there is enough time to file a wrongful death lawsuit if the case cannot be resolved through negotiations.

Free consultation: There is never a charge to talk to a wrongful death attorney at the law firm of Bernstein & Maryanoff. With a principal office in Miami, numerous other offices across Florida, and the willingness to make house calls, our attorneys will be there when you need them. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis.

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