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Port Richey Wrongful Death LawyerLosing a loved one is one of the most painful experiences in life. When you lose a loved one because of another person’s negligence or recklessness, it can make that loss even harder. Your loved one might still be alive if the responsible party acted with care and caution. This is a difficult truth and one that is hard to bear.

The loss of a loved one turns your whole world upside down. In the blink of an eye, you may find yourself facing an uncertain future without the love and companionship you once had. You may also find yourself facing a difficult financial future, with the loss of financial support.

At Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers, our Port Richey wrongful death attorneys have helped grieving families throughout the area. Our law firm offers free initial consultations because we want you to understand all your legal options before choosing a law firm. We will meet with you to answer your questions and offer you compassionate legal guidance.

Our lawyers want you and your family to feel supported during this difficult time. We know that no amount of compensation could ever replace the loss of your loved one. However, we do not want you and your family to suffer unnecessary financial hardships because of another person’s negligence or carelessness.

Experience Matters

Unfortunately, insurance companies may try to take advantage of you during your grief. When it is evident that their policyholder caused your loved one’s death, they will attempt to get you to settle. As such, their first settlement offer may come quickly. They hope you agree to this settlement because it is often just a fraction of what you and your family deserve.

When a wrongful death occurs, it is important to know that you are not alone. Florida law is on your side. In many cases, grieving families can file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation after the death of a loved one.

At Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers, our lawyers have extensive experience representing grieving families in Port Richey. Our law firm offers aggressive and compassionate legal guidance every step of the way. We know what it takes to win wrongful death cases and we use this knowledge to help build a case designed to obtain maximum compensation for you and your family.

At Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers, we want to be with you at every turn. When you step into our office, you immediately become our number one priority. You are never just another case number here. We know that no two wrongful death cases are the same. That is why we listen with compassion and offer real solutions to help you and your family.

Experience does matter. Yet, experience is just one piece of the puzzle. In addition to experience, you need a law firm that has the time and resources to devote to your case. You need a law firm that understands the issues you face and the long and uphill battle you may need to endure. At Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers, we have the experience, resources, and dedication to help you with your wrongful death case.

Founder and managing partner Nicolette Nicoletti knows Port Richey’s families because she was born and raised in the community. Her compassion and first-hand knowledge of the area allows her to build a solid case for her clients from the start. This is one reason why so many Port Richey families choose Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers to represent them during their time of grief.

Understanding Wrongful Death in Port Richey and Florida

When there is a serious accident, injured survivors can file a personal injury claim against the negligent party. But what happens when the accident results in a fatality?

When a person or company’s negligence or carelessness leads to the death of a loved one, surviving family members may file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims differ from criminal cases because they do not seek to publish the defendant for breaking the law. Instead, wrongful death cases seek to compensate the deceased’s surviving family members for their losses.

As such, a negligent individual or entity could face a civil wrongful death lawsuit at the same time as they also face criminal charges. One example of this is a fatal DUI accident. The responsible drunk driver may face vehicular manslaughter charges, as well as a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court.

To prove wrongful death, your attorney must clearly establish:

  • That the person or entity owed your loved one a duty of care
  • The person or entity breached that duty of care
  • Your loved one died as a result of this breach
  • You or surviving family members suffered damages because of their death

In Florida, only specific family members can file a wrongful death claim. Those include children, spouses, and parents of the deceased. In some cases, additional family members may file a claim if there are no other family members and if they depended on the deceased for support.

Family members only have a limited time to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. In Florida, you only have two years from the date of death to file a claim. If you miss this deadline, you cannot file a future lawsuit to collect compensation. If you believe that a government entity caused your loved one’s death, you may have even less time to file a lawsuit. That is why it is important to act quickly after the loss of a loved one.

In some cases, Florida law will allow for a postponement of the deadline. As such, you should discuss your case with our lawyers immediately. Even if you believe you missed this deadline, we may find that you can still file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

Any accident can cause wrongful death. When another person fails to act responsibly or acts with carelessness, they can cause a wrongful death.

The most common causes of wrongful death include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents. In Florida, nearly 3,000 fatal motor vehicle accidents occur every year. These accidents result in over 3,000 fatalities, making Florida one of the deadliest states to drive in. Types of motor vehicle accidents that cause wrongful deaths include:
    • Motorcycle accidents
    • Car accidents
    • Truck accidents
    • Pedestrian accidents
    • Bicycle accidents
    • Bus accidents
  • Premises liability accidents. Premises liability accidents account for thousands of deaths every year. From swimming pool drownings to deadly falls, property owners in Florida bear liability after someone suffers a fatal accident on their property.
  • Construction site accidents. Construction sites are dangerous places. From scaffolding falls to construction equipment malfunctioning, people can suffer serious and deadly injuries on sites. In the last seven years, the fatality rate in Florida construction soared by 140 percent.
  • Medical malpractice. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. These errors involve surgical mistakes, medication errors, nursing care errors, and misdiagnosis. In Florida, more than 5,000 deaths occur every year from medical malpractice.
  • Device defects. Defective devices and products contribute to thousands of fatalities every year. From defective tires to faulty medical devices, consumers lose their lives because of these defects. Manufacturers have a responsibility to protect their customers and provide safe products. When they fail to do this, they can bear liability for the deaths they cause.

 

How Can We Help?

At Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers, our Port Richey wrongful death lawyers can help you and your family make sense of the legal process and your options. We offer compassionate assistance at every turn. We want to take the burden off of you, so you can focus on rebuilding your life. To do this, we will meet with you in our office to get to know your case and your family’s concerns. We can then evaluate if you may benefit from filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

If you can file a wrongful death lawsuit, our attorneys will investigate your loved one’s death closely to identify all responsible parties. In some cases, multiple entities may even share the blame.

Building your case involves extensive investigation, including:

  • Reviewing police records
  • Examining medical documents
  • Visiting the crash site and examining resulting damage
  • Meeting with loved ones
  • Interviewing eyewitnesses

Once we identify liable parties, we will file the necessary paperwork in court on your behalf.

Florida statutes allow surviving family members to seek different types of damages, including:

  • Loss of companionship and guidance
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Medical or funeral expenses
  • Value of support and services

Depending on your relationship to the deceased, you may not recover all types of damages. For example, Florida law allows only surviving spouses and minor children to recover damages for loss of companionship and protection. Adult children could recover these damages only if a surviving spouse does not exist.

Your loved one’s estate can also seek damages, including:

  • Lost wages, future earnings, and financial benefits
  • Loss of prospective net accumulations of the estate
  • Medical and funeral expenses paid by the estate

Collecting these damages after the loss of a loved one is never easy. Insurance companies fight hard to avoid paying wrongful death claims. They may give you the runaround or they may simply refuse to negotiate. This is not fair. Your loved one’s death has upended your life and derailed your future. You deserve to recover damages to help you and your family try to heal and put your lives back together.

A Port Richey wrongful death attorney at Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers can help you secure compensation by establishing how your family’s life changed because of your loved one’s death. How did your loved one’s death impact you and your children? What financial resources will you miss? How did your loved one’s death impact your emotional and mental wellbeing? This sometimes involves securing multiple experts to testify on your behalf, such as family members, financial experts, and mental health professionals. These testimonies help us measure the loss you and your family suffered and will continue to suffer.

That is why Port Richey families need Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers in their corner. We know that the last thing you need is more things on your “to-do” list. We also know that the last thing you want to do is deal with insurance companies and parties who caused your loved one’s death. That is where we can help. From the very start, we work diligently to hold negligent parties accountable, and we take the burden off of you at a time when you need it most.

Contact Our Port Richey Wrongful Death Lawyers

If you lost a loved one because of another person’s negligence or mistake, our attorneys can help. At Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers, we offer compassionate and caring legal assistance to grieving families in Port Richey and beyond. We help surviving family members recover the compensation they need to begin rebuilding their lives after the devastating loss of a loved one.

We know that your time is better spent with your family during this tragic time. That is why we handle insurance companies and all legal matters, so you don’t have to. To learn more about your legal options after the loss of a loved one, contact our experienced Port Richey personal injury attorneys.

Call the wrongful death attorneys at Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers at (727) 845-5972 or fill out our confidential contact form. We offer free consultations to help you explore all your legal options.

We also work on a contingency basis so you do not owe us anything unless we can collect compensation for you. It is that simple. This allows every family the opportunity to seek justice after the tragic death of a loved one. To learn more, call us today!

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