Nothing can prepare you for the death of a loved one. When the loved one’s death was due to someone else’s negligence, it can be even more difficult to bear. The wrongful death attorneys of Zervos & Calta, PLLC, can help.
If your loved one died as a result of someone’s careless or reckless behavior, we are prepared to take legal
action on your behalf. We will demand the highest compensation available to cover funeral and burial expenses, lost support and wages, and other expenses.
For years, we’ve helped families throughout Florida by:
While financial compensation can never replace a loved one, it can help you and your family get closure after such a significant loss. To schedule a free consultation with our Florida wrongful death lawyer, call us today or contact us online.
Our offices serve Hernando County, Tarpon Springs, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Spring Hill, and other areas
throughout the state.
In legal terms, “wrongful death” occurs when someone dies due to negligence by another person, company, or other entity. The deceased person’s (decedent) surviving family members can make a claim or file a lawsuit and demand compensation from the negligent party (defendant). This is not the same as a criminal case; wrongful death lawsuits are civil cases.
For example, suppose someone is killed in Florida. If the death was due to criminal behavior, the state government may bring criminal charges of murder. Possible consequences for the defendant include prison time, probation, or fines.
Civil wrongful death cases are brought by the loved one’s surviving family members. The defendant may not face prison time or a conviction. Instead, the surviving family members seek financial compensation from the defendant. Compensation is obtained through either a wrongful death settlement or a verdict after trial.
The personal representative of the decedent’s estate can file a claim for wrongful death. The personal representative is typically named in the deceased person’s will. If the decedent did not set up a will, then the court will appoint a personal representative. An attorney can help you with this process.
When filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida, you must list every surviving family member who has an
interest in the case. This means you need to include everyone who will be seeking compensation for damages. “Damages” is a legal term referring to the harm you’ve endured.
Under Florida laws, these family members can seek compensation for damages in a wrongful death claim:
Your attorney can file the wrongful death complaint on behalf of the family members who have an interest in the lawsuit.
After suffering the loss of a loved one, it can be difficult to focus on a lawsuit. This is where an attorney can help. At Zervos & Calta, PLLC, our wrongful death attorneys can seek justice on your behalf and aggressively litigate your case.
When you choose our law firm to handle your claim, you can expect:
In Florida, persons filing a wrongful death claim may recover special damages, general damages and punitive damages:
At Zervos & Calta, PLLC, our attorneys can document your ongoing damages and future expected expenses. We will arrive at a settlement figure that fully takes into account the emotional and financial suffering you’ve endured.
If during negotiations the defendant offers less than what you deserve, we will take the case to trial and work tirelessly toward achieving a full and fair verdict. Ultimately, our goal is to secure the financial support your family deserves.
Remember that your time is limited for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The law that sets the deadline is called the “statute of limitations.” In Florida, you must file a wrongful death claim within two years of the date of death.
After the statute of limitations has expired, you can no longer file suit. Exceptions to this rule are rarely made. Because of the strict deadline for these types of cases, it’s critical to speak to an attorney soon if you suspect your loved one’s death was caused by negligence. An attorney can evaluate your claim and quickly take legal action to protect your rights.
Our wrongful death lawyer in Florida can evaluate the facts of your case. Our lawyer can let you know how much longer you have until the statute of limitations expires.
Careless or reckless behavior can lead to wrongful death under a number of circumstances. The wrongful death claims our attorneys handle typically arise from these situations:
At Zervos & Calta, PLLC, we understand the pain and grief of suddenly losing a loved one. It’s common for surviving family members to be frustrated and overwhelmed by the legal process. It’s important to know that there is hope, and our attorneys can help.
If your loved one was killed due to someone’s careless or reckless behavior, our Florida wrongful death attorneys can take aggressive legal action on your behalf. When you’re ready to take the next step, give us a call to set up a free consultation. We serve Hernando County, Tarpon Springs, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Spring Hill, and other areas throughout Florida.
Spring Hill: 352-606-2548
St. Petersburg: 727-362-6552
Tarpon Springs: 727-937-3171
and all other areas