Hillsborough County Wrongful Death Lawyers
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Tampa Accidental Death Trial Attorneys
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The loss of a loved one, be it a wife, husband, father, mother, son, daughter, cousin, grandparent or any other loved one in a traffic or other accident due to the negligence of others is a tragic event for anyone. Our Tampa Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are ready to provide your family with the legal representation to help get you through this difficult time. Although we cannot turn back the hands of time, we will do our best to see that your family is compensated fully for the negligent acts of others and ultimately defend you from the potential attitude of an Insurance Company who may not value the life of your loved one the same as us.
If a loved one has been a victim of a wrongful death motor vehicle accident, truck accident, train accident, airplane crash, motorcycle accident or a slip and fall, call our Hillsborough County Wrongful Death Attorneys at Whittel & Melton at 813-221-3200 for a free consultation to discuss your case or contact us 24/7 online.
All Accidental Death Claims in Hillsborough County – Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Cheval, Plant City, Valrico, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Westchase, CarrollwoodTampa Accidental Death Attorneys Whittel & Melton FAQs What Does Wrongful Death or Accidental Death Mean?
Wrongful death is the legal term for a death that comes about due to the fault of another person or persons. A wrongful death lawsuit is typically brought by a family member after a loved one has died because of another person’s negligent or intentional careless actions. Typical causes of wrongful death include car accidents, nursing home abuse or negligence, medical errors or mistakes, motorcycle accidents, and more. Florida laws provide that the family members of victims who have been killed because of the negligence of others can recover financial compensation for their economic and non-economic losses.Who is Eligible for Tampa Wrongful Death Damages?
Any wife, husband, parent, sibling, child or dependent of a loved one may potentially be eligible for money damages as a result of a wrongful death in Florida. Florida law provides that any of the persons above could be financially compensated for expenses like medical costs, funeral bills and noneconomic damages like the loss of companionship and/or the emotional pain and suffering.What Should I Do if I Think I Have a Tampa Wrongful Death Claim?
If you have lost a loved one due to another person’s negligence or carelessness, then we strongly advise that you speak with a Tampa Wrongful Death Lawyer at Whittel & Melton right away. There may be crucial evidence that is lost forever if it is not preserved right away, and our Tampa Accidental Death Attorneys at Whittel & Melton know how to act fast and properly gather and preserve critical evidence. We will launch a full investigation into your loved one’s wrongful death to identify what exactly happened and why. We can consult with experts, review any police reports and witness statements, as well as interview other possible witnesses and victims. We are thorough in our approach and will get to the bottom of who is at fault in the wrongful death of your loved one. From there, we will fight aggressively to make sure all responsible parties are held accountable and that you recover full and fair compensation for your suffering.What Types of Cases Do Our Tampa Wrongful Death Attorneys Handle?
Our Tampa Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton handle all types of wrongful death cases, including:
Medical malpractice wrongful death cases arising from:
- Doctor mistakes
- Surgical errors
- Hospital mistakes
- Childbirth Injuries
- Anesthesia errors
- Misdiagnosis or failure to accurately diagnose
Nursing home wrongful death cases, stemming from:
- Nursing home neglect and/or abuse
- Medication errors
- Falls and Victims of trauma
Motor vehicle accident wrongful death cases, such as:
- Car accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Semi-truck collisions
- Distracted driving accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Golf cart accidents
Premises liability wrongful death cases, including:
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents
- Construction and heavy machinery accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Amusement park injuries
- Roller coaster accidents
- Negligent security accidents
- Negligent ATM security accidents
- Hotel crime victims
Other Types of wrongful death cases stemming from:
- Airport and in-flight accidents
- Jail deaths
- Hepatitis A outbreaks
- Asbestos and mesothelioma
- Cruise ship accidents
The legal process for filing a wrongful death lawsuit can be intimidating, but we want to help you understand your legal rights and how we can recover financial compensation on your behalf. We have the legal knowledge, skills, and trial experience to litigate effectively against any person or major corporation that may be responsible for your unfortunate loss.Why Should I Hire a Tampa Wrongful Death Lawyer at Whittel & Melton?
Living through the unexpected loss of a loved one, especially when it happened because of someone else’s negligence, is gut wrenching. The heartbreak of losing a spouse, mother, father, child, or other relative is something that may never fully mend. Our Tampa Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton know the grief you are living through and want to help you get the answers you deserve. We will fight by your side to achieve justice for your loved one. We want you to grieve in peace and let us handle the legal burden so that you can recover the full and fair compensation you deserve so that you can start to move on with your life.
We will start by launching our own investigation into the wrongful death of your loved one. This includes looking into accidents records, medical records, and any other necessary evidence so that we can hold the right person(s) accountable. We will also consult with experts and review all insurance policies that may be accessed to cover the wrongful death claim, which could include auto insurance, medical malpractice insurance, homeowner’s insurance, premises liability insurance, and all other policies.
The next step entails negotiating with insurance companies involved. We have years of experience with this and know every trick in the book that insurance adjusters will try and use to reduce settlement amounts. We are aggressive in our negotiation tactics and will not back down from getting you a fair and just settlement. If this is not possible through negotiations, then we will proceed with trial.
When the other party refuses to negotiate in good faith, then we move forward with trial. We are trial lawyers who are not afraid to fight for what is right. We will prepare a compelling case for court on your behalf in order to convince the jury that you are seeking what is fair. It is critical to choose the right wrongful death attorney, so you can have the best possible advantage of recovering just compensation. Our Tampa Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are prepared to handle even the most difficult wrongful death lawsuit. We have decades of experience handling wrongful death matters and want to help you recover for your losses in the Tampa Bay area.What Will a Tampa Wrongful Death Attorney at Whittel & Melton Cost?
We take on all wrongful death cases at Whittel & Melton on a contingency fee basis. What this means for you is that you will not pay any upfront charges to us for working your case and we will not get paid unless a recovery of compensation is made on your behalf. When you do recover compensation, then we will typically receive a percentage of the total.How Do Wrongful Death Damages Get Paid?
Settlements for a wrongful death case are usually paid out as a lump sum. The lump sum will be paid upon finalization of your case and then attorney fees and costs related to your case will be deducted. The remainder will go to the heirs of the deceased or to the Estate and the Estate will administer per the Rules of Estate Administration.How Long Will My Tampa Wrongful Death Case Take to Finish?
The time frame for a wrongful death lawsuit can vary wildly, and that is just the truth. Everything depends on the defendant, their attorneys, and the insurance companies. In certain cases, a settlement can be reached in a matter of months, but in other cases, it can take 1-4 years to resolve. Timing depends on the complexity of the case, whether or not the case proceeds to trial, etc. We will do everything we can to get your case finished in a timely manner, but we want to make sure your case is handled correctly, and this means not always accepting a quick settlement. We want to make sure you are fairly compensated for your loss.Are Wrongful Death Settlement Amounts Public Record?
Wrongful death settlements are generally not made available to the public. These settlements are usually kept just between the parties involved. However, if the case does proceed to trial, then normally those trial records are open to the public, including the amount that the jury awards the plaintiff.How Can I Contact a Tampa Negligent Death Lawyer at Whittel & Melton?
Our Hillsborough County Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are ready today to take on the Insurance Companies and see that your loss is equitably compensated. Call us now at 813-221-3200 or contact us online for a free consultation. We are available 24/7 to assist you and take your call.
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