Wrongful Death Attorney – Tampa Bay Area
Here at Butler & Boyd, we fully understand that wrongful death cases demand much more than just the experience needed to successfully handle cases of this nature.
What is a wrongful death case? Who can file a wrongful death suit?
Florida has a unique tourist industry, where water sports and boating can present certain dangers. Florida is also a popular vacation destination, at times the tourist industry can fall negligent to our guests. We have experience in sensitive cases involving tourism and neglect. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 667 pedestrian deaths in 2016, and 3,176 deaths from accidents all together. Many wrongful death claims are the result of a fatal accident on Florida’s roadways.
The person who files a wrongful death claim in Florida is the “survivor” – usually the survivor is determined through Probate Court. If the person who died had a will, that would state who will be the personal representative of the deceased.
Wrongful death cases are difficult for the family members, and us as attorneys, but we will absolutely be sensitive to every detail of your case. We have tried many wrongful death cases in Florida, and while each one is not ever easy, we are honored that the families that we have worked with have put their trust in us. We definitely treat them like one of our own family members.
According to Florida Statutes section 95.11(4)(d), a wrongful death case must be filed within two years.
Wrongful death suits can be complicated, such as in the instance of criminal cases, depending on how the death was caused. Further, since a wrongful death suite is a civil claim, certain family members rights can come into play. Rights to an estate also have to be taken into consideration, especially in circumstances with step-children, and other immediate family members.
Just as important, we pride ourselves on handling these situations with all the sensitivity and compassion necessary to help individuals and families cope in these trying times.
When dealing with the wrongful death of a loved one, it helps to know you have experts on your side that will fight for a just and fair outcome, commensurate with your grief and loss.