Wrongful Death Attorney in St Petersburg, Florida

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2017, there were about 169,936 accidental (unintentional-injury) deaths in the United States. Of these, about 40,231 mortality cases resulted from motor vehicle traffic accidents.

Whether caused by a car wreck or other avoidable accident, the death of a loved one is tragic and can have a long-lasting effect on your financial and mental health. However, if you believe that someone may be at fault for your loved one’s demise, you have the right to hold the person liable. Fortunately, Hoag Law Firm, P.A., is here to help. Attorney Brian Hoag in Tampa, Florida has comprehensive knowledge of Florida’s personal injury and car accident laws. With this, he can represent you with strength and fight for substantial compensation.

Why File a Wrongful Death Claim?

A death is considered wrongful if an individual dies due to the negligence, misconduct, or recklessness of another party. Of course, nothing can erase the grief of losing a family member, and a wrongful death lawsuit can never fill the void left by their loss. However, filing a claim gives you a chance to hold the responsible party liable.

On top of your emotional loss, the death of a loved one can bring about a long-lasting effect on your finances. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit can bring about a much-needed financial boost for you to cover medical costs incurred before your loved one passed away, as well as funeral expenses, burial expenses, lost income, and more. With a wrongful death lawsuit, you may be able to collect substantial compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses right from when the accident or negligent act happened until the victim’s death
  • Loss of income or wages of the deceased, including retirement income
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of consortium

Losing a close family member is hard enough. Nonetheless, you can hold solace in the fact that you are not being burdened with a mountain of expenses while grieving.

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Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim In Florida?

Florida’s Wrongful Death Act says that only the personal representatives of the deceased are allowed to file a wrongful death claim. This has been put in place in order to prevent duplicate wrongful death cases of a particular accident or negligent act from ending up in court.

In Florida, the personal representative can include:

  • A surviving spouse, if the deceased was married
  • Adult children, if they were not married
  • Dependent children, if they had any
  • A legal guardian or one or both parents, if they were a child
  • Parents, if they were a young adult

In certain cases, the deceased may have named the personal representative in his or her will. However, in case the person died without having any will, a Florida judge will appoint someone to act as their personal representative and file the lawsuit. Though, to be a personal representative, he or she must:

  • Be above 18 years of age
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Be physically and mentally able to perform a personal representative’s duties

If you are unsure whether it is within your rights to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of your lost loved one, don’t hesitate to contact Hoag Law Firm, P.A. to discuss your case.

Why Hire Brian Hoag as Your Attorney?

Losing a loved one can affect you emotionally and financially. The right thing is to hire an experienced attorney to hold the other party responsible for the wrongful death. Since 2004, Attorney Brian Hoag has been recognized to provide vigorous representation in wrongful death cases to clients in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida.

What’s more, Brian is well versed in the details and nuances of Florida’s Wrongful Death laws and statutes. He will gather all the required information and documentation to help put forward a case-winning strategy. He will also handle all negotiations and communication with all parties involved, including the insurance company. All in all, Brian will increase your chances of getting substantial compensation.

Reliable Legal Guidance in Tampa, Florida

If you believe that the death of a close family member was caused by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. You don’t have to bear the medical expenses, lost income, funeral costs, and burial costs all alone. Whether you are in Tampa, St. Petersburg, or a neighboring area of Florida, contact Hoag Law Firm P.A. to find out if your case qualifies to file a lawsuit against the responsible party.

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Since 2004, Attorney Brian M. Hoag has been practicing car accident and personal injury law in Florida. Call him today to schedule a free case evaluation if you are not sure how to go about your wrongful death case. He can provide you with the strong representation you need. He serves clients in the Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida area, including Bradenton, Land O’ Lakes, and Clearwater.