Wrongful Death Attorneys in Lakeland, FL
Holding the At-Fault Party or Parties Responsible for Your Loss
Unfortunately, accidents happen. If you lost a loved one in an accident with a negligent party, you may be able to file a claim with a wrongful death attorney. Even if there was only a small amount of insurance coverage – or none at all – your lawyer can work with you to understand your options for compensation. Trust the professionals at Dismuke Law in Lakeland and Tampa to help you during this difficult time.
For a successful case, the following elements must be present:
- There was a death
- The death must be due to another person’s negligence or intent to harm
- The surviving family must face monetary injury because of the loss
- A personal representative must be appointed to the decedent’s estate
If any one of these elements is missing or untrue, the case may not succeed. Therefore, hiring a professional, experienced lawyer is essential, because they know how to demonstrate these elements to the court.
Proving Negligence in a Wrongful Death Case
Determining the cause of an accident is key in proving negligence. To file a wrongful death claim, the at-fault party must have been negligent and responsible for the death.
Examples of negligence include:
- Being distracted
- Not taking reasonable safety precautions
- Being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Disregard for safety measures
- Intent to harm
- Medical malpractice
Often, negligence in wrongful death cases centers around motor vehicle accidents and negligent drivers, however, these types of claims can result from any accident.
What Kind of Damages Are Awarded in Wrongful Death Cases?
It is impossible to accurately assess the value of a person's life with money. With that said, the purpose of a wrongful death claim is to ensure that the family of the deceased is financially taken care of and to hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions or inaction.
Depending on the circumstances of the case, your wrongful death attorney may be able to help you recover for:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
While no amount of money will make up for the loss of a loved one, receiving compensation can offset some of the financial hardship that accidents cause. Our firm is here to support you and your family through this difficult time - please, do not hesitate to contact us!
Work with a Wrongful Death Lawyer at Our Lakeland or Tampa Offices
If you live in the Central Florida area and require the assistance of a wrongful death attorney, rely on the professionals at Dismuke Law. We have been helping clients through tough cases for many years, and we can help you too. If a negligent driver has caused a fatal injury, we can help you file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. You must act fast, as the statute of limitations in wrongful death claims in Florida is shorter than other injury claims.
Losing a loved one is never easy, but we can help ease the burden of legal matters. Call (863) 292-6922 today.
Dave and his staff worked hard for me and always did what was in my best interest.- Rena S.
Dismuke Law is who I will use for the rest of my life. Definitely worth the phone call!- Shawn B.
Dismuke Law is the first place we would call. They did not disappoint!- Daniel R.
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I would highly recommend Dismuke Law to anyone in need of a personal injury lawyer.- Courtney A.
$10 Million Judgment - Polk County
Judgment of $10 million for a client due to injuries sustained in an auto accident.
$7.25 Million Jury Verdict - Polk County
Polk County jury awards judgment for wrongful death case.
$1.1 Million Settlement - Hillsborough County
Wrongful death auto accident settlement for $1,100,000.
$800 Thousand Auto Accident Settlement - Hillsborough County
Attorney David C. Dismuke negotiates a settlement in disputed causation surgery.
$754 Thousand Auto Accident Settlement - Hardee County
Attorney David C. Dismuke obtains a verdict in Hardee County.