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The death of a loved one is one of life’s most traumatic experiences, especially when caused by the wrongful or negligence of another. At Bengal Law, we want to express sincere sympathy for your loss. Our law firm has worked with grieving family members, and we know first hand just how difficult this experience can be. Bengal Law is here to provide the best Orlando wrongful death attorney that will help you in your case.

Though Florida’s wrongful death laws, there is a system designed to compensate surviving family members if the death was caused by the negligence, recklessness or wrongful act of another. While no amount of money can ever replace a life that has been lost, the law does account for the financial loss that you and your family may have experienced. In this way, the law attempts to put your family back in the same financial position prior to your loss by ordering the person or entity who caused the death to pay you and other survivors damages.

If you believe that your loved one died as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongful acts, then you should speak with a Orlando wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Although filing a wrongful death lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind, hiring a caring and compassionate wrongful death attorney is the first step to making a financial recovery after your loss. Contact Bengal Law today to learn more about filing a wrongful death claim.

Who Can Sue For Wrongful Death in Florida?

To file a wrongful death lawsuit, you must show to the court that you have “standing” to sue. Standing is a legal term that describes a party’s ability to file a lawsuit in court based on their interest in the outcome of the lawsuit. To be allowed to file a lawsuit, you must prove that you have a sufficient connection to the legal matter.

In a case of wrongful death, typically a surviving family member has standing to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This could include, for example, a spouse, a child or a parent. Exactly who is able to file a lawsuit may vary state by state.

In Florida, the law requires a personal representative of the deceased person’s estate to file a wrongful death claim. This personal representative would be named in the will or estate plan of the deceased. If no one was named as a personal representative, then the court will appoint a personal representative for the purposes of filing a wrongful death claim.

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by a personal representative is filed on behalf of the surviving family members. In fact, every surviving family member with an interest in the outcome of the case must be named in the wrongful death lawsuit.

Surviving family members with standing to sue for wrongful death in Florida include the deceased’s spouse, children, parents and any blood relative who is dependent on the deceased for support or services. 

There are other, special rules for children of unmarried parents as well. If the mother of the child dies in a wrongful death incident, then the child may recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. However, if the father dies, the child can only recover damages if the father recognized the child as his own and provided financial support.

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Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases

Wrongful death cases arise from various situations where negligence or intentional harm results in someone’s death. These include:

  1. Medical Malpractice: When healthcare professionals fail to provide the standard of care expected, leading to a patient’s death.
  2. Car Accidents: Often due to reckless driving, drunk driving, or other negligent behaviors on the road.
  3. Workplace Accidents: Particularly in high-risk industries like construction, where safety protocols might be overlooked.
  4. Product Liability: Deaths caused by defective or unsafe products.
  5. Criminal Acts: Deaths resulting from intentional acts of violence.

When Should I File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The timing for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is critical. As mentioned, in Florida, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of death. However, there are exceptions:

  • Discovery Rule: Sometimes, the cause of death may not be immediately apparent. The clock may start when the family discovers the cause.
  • Minors Involved: If the deceased’s dependents are minors, extensions might be granted.
  • Criminal Cases: If the death is under criminal investigation, the timeline for civil action might be affected.

Consulting with an Orlando wrongful death attorney early can ensure that you don’t miss these critical deadlines and can guide you through these complex legal nuances.

Why Should I File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit, while emotionally taxing, serves several important purposes:

  1. Financial Stability: It provides financial support for dependents or family members, especially if the deceased was a primary breadwinner.
  2. Covering Expenses: It can help cover expenses like medical bills incurred before death, funeral costs, and loss of future earnings.
  3. Justice and Accountability: It holds the responsible party accountable, providing a sense of justice and closure.
  4. Prevent Future Tragedies: By highlighting negligent or harmful behaviors, such lawsuits can drive systemic changes, potentially preventing similar incidents in the future.
  5. Emotional Closure: While no amount of money can replace a loved one, legal recognition of your loss can provide a form of emotional closure.

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How Long Does A Wrongful Death Case Take?

Like any lawsuit, a wrongful death case can vary in length depending on the specific facts of each case. Some wrongful death cases can be resolved quickly in a matter of just a few months. Other cases, however, could take years to resolve depending on the complexity of the case and whether or not the case goes to trial.

At Bengal Law, we know that you would like to resolve your wrongful death case as soon as possible. Not only will a resolution help you find closure to a painful chapter in your life, but a wrongful death case can help you receive the financial support you need to maintain your standard of living.

Many wrongful death cases are settled outside of court. In these cases, a settlement may be reached in just a few months. However, some wrongful death cases go to trial. If your case goes to trial, you can anticipate that the lawsuit will take a year or more to resolve. First, we will need to file a lawsuit and get on the court’s trial calendar. Trials are typically scheduled 18 months after the date of filing. Then there is the case itself. A wrongful death case may only spend a day to two at trial. More complex cases, on the other hand, could take longer.

What Happens If My Case Goes To Trial

Going to trial in a wrongful death case is rare. So rare, in fact, that only 2 percent actually end up on trial in front of a judge. If your wrongful death case does go to trial, then you will need an experienced litigator by your side.

Trial Process

  • Preparation: This involves gathering evidence, expert testimonies, and building a strong case.
  • Court Proceedings: The trial includes jury selection, opening statements, witness testimonies, and closing arguments.
  • Duration: While the trial itself might be short, the complete process including waiting for a trial date and preparation can be lengthy.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire An Orlando Wrongful Death Attorney?

Hiring an attorney can be expensive. In fact, the cost of hiring an attorney holds many people back from seeking legal help.

If you have questions about cost, it is important to understand how an Orlando wrongful death attorney is paid. At Bengal Law, for example, we charge wrongful death clients on a contingency fee basis. This means, in simple terms, that we do not get paid unless you win your case. The consultation is free, and any legal costs associated with preparing your case and taking it to trial are advanced by the law firm. 

Still have questions about cost? When you call our office and schedule your free consultation, we can discuss costs associated with representation along with any other questions that you have.

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Choosing the appropriate legal representation is crucial when pursuing a Wrongful Death claim. A seasoned, committed lawyer as your advocate ensures you’re equipped to make informed choices at each phase of the process.

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Every injury is personal, and at Bengal Law: Florida Car Accident Lawyers and Personal Injury Attorneys PLLC, we understand that deeply. More than just a case, it’s your life, your pain, and your journey to recovery. We won’t treat you like another number on a file. Instead, we listen, we empathize, and we fight for you just as family would.

Here’s why Bengal Law should be your first choice:

  • Recognized as among the “Best Car Accident Lawyers in Orlando” by Expertise from 2016-2023. A rigorous 26-point selection process underlines our unwavering commitment to excellence.
  • Bestowed the title of  among the “Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Orlando” by Expertise for 2016-2023. Our proficiency is marked by a meticulous selection criterion, reflecting our expertise.
  • Listed amongst the “Top 10 personal injury lawyers in Orlando, FL” for 2023 by Thervo. This distinction underscores our consistent dedication to our clients.
  • Our commitment to unparalleled service is echoed by our countless “5-star reviews” from our satisfied clientele, attesting to our unwavering commitment and dedication.
  • Joel Leppard, one of our esteemed attorneys, has consistently maintained a “10.0 rating” on Avvo from 2017 to the present. This reflects his impeccable standards of professionalism and expertise.

You deserve more than generic representation; you deserve Bengal Law’s personal touch, expertise, and commitment. Connect with us for a free consultation, and let us be the strength behind your story. Our approach? Individualized attention, relentless representation, and utmost dedication. For the justice you deserve and the compassion you need, make that call to 407-815-3000. Experience firsthand why Bengal Law stands above the rest.

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If you have been injured in an accident in Florida, we want to hear your story. We want to know what you want to achieve through legal action. We want to know what you need to feel comfortable and secure as you rebuild the future you have always envisioned for your family. Together, we’ll identify a legal strategy that not only holds those responsible for your injuries accountable, but also helps you make a full financial recovery.

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