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Tampa Wrongful Death Lawyer

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Although your loved one’s death may have been accidental, it happened because someone was careless or acted with reckless disregard for safety. Since 1996, personal injury attorney Mike Hancock has sought justice for family members devastated by a death that never should have happened.

Our legal team has a proven capacity to hold motorists, medical providers, property owners, and other parties accountable for a life cut short and the impact on the survivors left to put their shattered lives back together. A Tampa wrongful death lawyer could help you fight for what you are owed.

Wrongful Death Law

The state has a specific set of laws collectively known as the Florida Wrongful Death Act, which provides for reasonable and just compensation to the decedent’s estate and the decedent’s survivors. Beyond the emotional impact, we understand that survivors often face unexpected medical bills and funeral expenses, unplanned time off work, and the sudden loss of the deceased’s income and non-financial contributions to the family.

We have the resources to advance the considerable costs of hiring investigators and experts to establish liability, which we recover only if we win compensation for our clients.

What is a Wrongful Death Case?

A wrongful death case exists when a person dies due to the legal fault of another person. Wrongful death claims involve all types of fatal accidents from simple car accidents to complicated product liability cases. Persons, companies, and governmental agencies can be legally at fault for acting negligently. Florida’s Wrongful Death Act is found at Section 768.16, Florida Statutes.

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Wrongful death claims can result from any number of different facts situations grounded in negligence. For example, we have successfully represented the surviving adult children of a father who drowned in a boating accident. This was a product liability case in which the marine steering system failed, causing the boat steering to lock, throwing the deceased from the boat. We claimed negligence against all the parties in the chain of commerce, including the retailer, and the manufacturer. Another example is the death of a husband and father due to the negligence of his nursing home. We successfully recovered for his surviving wife and adult children, against the medical staff and nursing home company.

Wrongful Death Compensation

We are dedicated to achieving justice for our clients by holding the negligent parties and their insurance companies accountable for all the harms and losses caused by the wrongful death. Under law, spouses, parents or dependent children can bring suit for:

Our personal injury attorneys work closely with family members to understand the role that the deceased played in their daily lives and how the death has adversely changed the present and the future, and incorporate that into litigation through day-in-the-life videos, testimonials and other methods to bring the point home to insurance negotiators or a jury.

Who Should File a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?

In Florida, only the deceased person’s representative can bring a wrongful death action. The representative is usually the deceased person’s estate’s administrator or executor. They must file the claim on behalf of the deceased’s surviving family.

When filing the claim, the representative must identify all the survivors with an interest in the claim, including:

In most cases, an action for wrongful death involves filing an insurance claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company. If the insurance company is willing to negotiate fairly and give you a fair settlement that will cover all the losses you sustained due to your loved one’s untimely death, then resolving your claim without involving the court may be possible.

Will My Wrongful Death Claim Turn into a Lawsuit?

Due to the costly losses incurred by surviving family after a wrongful death, the at-fault party’s insurer will usually attempt to deny liability to limit the compensation they owe the surviving family.

When the insurer refuses to make a fair offer or negotiate in good faith for all the applicable losses, you may need to take your case to court to ensure that you recover maximum compensation for your losses.

Bringing a wrongful death lawsuit will also allow for discovery, in which more information and evidence about the death may be obtained and presented. The at-fault party will also be forced to negotiate fairly.

Some cases may head to trial, in which a jury must weigh the evidence and decide whether the at-fault party should be held liable for the surviving family’s damages.

What Our Tampa Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Do for Your Case

The statute of limitations in Florida requires that you bring a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the deceased person’s death. Only under very specific circumstances will the court extend the two-year time limit. In certain cases, the time limit for filing a lawsuit may be shorter or longer.

Also, when wrongful death involves medical malpractice, you must follow the necessary steps before filing your lawsuit.

Not filing your lawsuit within the two-year limit may lead to the court not hearing your case and dismissing it. Due to the requirements and time limits, it’s best to discuss your case with a Tampa wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible.

The Tampa wrongful death lawyers at Hancock Injury Attorneys will:

Our Tampa wrongful death lawyers have the resources and experience to help you face this challenging time. When you’re ready to seek legal guidance, we can discuss your case in a free consultation.

Why Do I Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer?

Wrongful death claims are treated differently from other negligence cases in Florida. The following are examples of some of the unique issues inherent in wrongful death claims:

You May Be Entitled to Compensation for Your Loss

The death of a loved one is a terrible thing and it may affect every part of your life. While compensation cannot bring your loved one back, it could help you handle the bills associated with the accident and take care of your surviving loved ones. To get started on your case, call the compassionate Tampa wrongful death lawyers at Hancock Injury Attorneys today.

Click here for a free consultation so that you can focus on healing while we take care of everything else.

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Client Testimonials & Reviews

I have received nothing but the best service I can ask for from Mike Hancock’s office. He and his office are true professionals in every sense of the word. They guided me along the process and had outstanding communication. I am more than pleased with the services they provided, and I would definitely recommend them to anybody.

— Kayla Hamilton

From first to last interactions with attorneys Mike and Claire Hancock, to all the supporting staff and legals, the office has always been courteous, knowledgeable, and professional. They have always gotten right back with me when I had a question, and would not hesitate to highly recommend them.

—Debbie Smith

Absolutely fantastic! The Attorneys and its staff are very knowledgeable. Through my entire process they kept constant communication and the return of calls. I couldn't have made a better choice.Can’t say enough. Thank you, Mike and Gabby.

- L.C.

I want to express my thanks to you and your staff for handling my case. Your expertise and kindness in representing me was invaluable. Thank you so much for your professional and effective help. I won’t hesitate to recommend your firm to anyone who may need legal assistance

- J.M. of Tampa, Florida

I have no words to describe the wonderful experience that had been for me to do business with his legal firm . . . I really appreciate all the great effort that you guys put into my case.

- F.F. of Ocala, Florida

Heartfelt thanks to you for my check and for all your work for the extra check. I am so grateful to you. Appreciate everything very much! Special thoughts and prayers.

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Thanks for the awesome service. You both did so much work on this and I appreciate it very much. This is a great outcome.

- P.Q. of Palatka, Florida

Mike and his team are awesome, emails are always responded back same day and the chiropractor recommendation was great. I was in a small fender bender but was always treated as if my case was worth a million dollars. I recommend his firm 1,000% you won't be disappointed.

- Chris

Your unwavering commitment to my family, and the love and compassion you have shown by your actions, and not just words, have had a dramatic, unforgettable impact on us all. Your kindness and level headedness in your representation has helped us be able to live a decent and stress-free life from here forward.

- P.M. of Brooksville, Florida

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