In the state of Florida, accidents and injuries happen every day. Unfortunately, in some devastating cases, the injuries actually lead to death. In fact, according to the Florida Department of Health, as many as 7.2 percent of all deaths in the state occur as a direct result of injuries. This means that 12,364 people were killed in 2011 as a result of injuries and that injuries are the third leading cause of death in the state, following only heart disease and cancer. For the ages 1 to 44, injuries are actually the top cause of death.
If your loved one is one of the thousands who die each year as a result of injuries, you know these statistics don’t begin to tell the story of the incredible loss you face. Not only are you left without the family relationship that was so important to you, but you may also face many financial worries as a result of the untimely death.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our goal is to help ensure that you don’t have to face financial loss as a result of your loved one’s death. If someone has caused your family member’s injuries and the resulting fatality, our Okeechobee wrongful death attorneys can represent you in making a claim for full and fair compensation from the person or entity responsible.
No amount of money can ever bring back your loved one, but Florida law does require that a person, company or government agency responsible for a death must provide compensation to close surviving family members such as spouses, parents and children.
A family member eligible to bring a wrongful death claim may be compensated for actual financial loss such as for the costs of treating injuries prior to death as well as for the cost of a funeral to bury the deceased. Surviving family members may also receive monetary payments for the money the deceased would have earned over his life, and can even be compensated for lost companionship.
Obtaining compensation for wrongful death, however, requires you to pursue a claim and actually take legal action. Our Okeechobee wrongful death accident attorneys can take care of handling your case for you, doing everything from filing the lawsuit with the court to negotiating with an insurance company representing the person who caused the death.
A wrongful death claim can be resolved by an out-of-court settlement if the insurance company agrees to pay a fair amount of money to cover all losses. The case can also be resolved by proving your claim in court and showing a judge or a jury that the defendant was negligent or careless in a way that was a direct cause of the death. If your case does go to court, a judge or jury will decide the amount of money you deserve.
Whether the case is resolved via a settlement or whether your Okeechobee wrongful death attorney advocates for you in a court of law, you should be fully and fairly compensated.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our Okeechobee wrongful death lawyers can help surviving family members pursue a wrongful death claim after their loved one was killed in a car accident; by a slip-and-fall; by a defective product; or as a result of any other preventable injury caused by negligence or intentional bad behavior.
To get your claim started and to learn how we can help with your case, give us a call or contact us online today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.