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Daytona Beach Wrongful Death Attorney

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No sum of money, regardless of size, can ever replace a loved one. However, monetary compensation for your loss can be invaluable in helping you continue to provide for your family, seek counseling for your grief and help to pay your living expenses. When pursuing compensation in a wrongful death case, the guidance of an experienced Daytona Beach wrongful death lawyer can make all the difference as to offers from the insurance company or a favorable settlement or court judgment.

At Politis & Matovina, P.A., we understand the pain of losing a loved one. We also understand the confusion related to the wrongful death claims process. We believe that no one should have to face the wrongful death claims process alone and work to offer the compassionate guidance you need to pursue justice for your loss.

Contact Politis & Matovina, P.A. to begin a free case evaluation with a caring attorney.

Why Hire a Lawyer for a Wrongful Death Claim?

In many cases involving the wrongful death of loved ones, insurance companies are quick to make low-ball settlement offers to reduce their costs and final pay-outs. Often, the amount proposed barely scratches the surface of your losses and can leave you trying to recover from your loss financially and emotionally.

Our aggressive approach towards insurance companies is designed to help you obtain fair compensation for your loss, including:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of potential income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Grief counseling and emotional care

During this difficult time, we know that you need personal care that goes beyond a simple aggressive approach to your legal issues. You also need someone to be there for you, to answer your questions and to provide the advice you need to understand your proceedings and your options for pursuing justice.

What Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Claim?

In Florida damages for a wrongful death claim are recoverable by two different parties, the surviving family members of the deceased and the deceased’s estate. Damages collectible by surviving family members typically seeks to compensate for abstract losses such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of companionship and guidance

Family members can, however, also recover for medical or funeral expenses paid on behalf of the deceased. Damages that are awarded to the deceased’s estate are typically compensating for more quantifiable losses such as lost wages the deceased would have earned, and medical and funeral expenses paid out by the estate.

Can I File a Claim for The Death of an Unborn Fetus in Florida?

Some states allow parents to file a claim if the fetus was "viable" at the time of death, meaning able to live outside and in the mother's womb. However, because Florida does not recognize a fetus as a person until the child is born they do not allow wrongful death claims to be filed on behalf of an unborn child.

Parents are not without options to file a claim though. Mothers can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. This claim can be for both physical injuries and emotion injuries due to the loss of a child. It is difficult for fathers to bring a personal injury claim of this type since the person filing must have been directly injured by the negligent party.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Florida is two years. This means you have two years from the date of death to file a claim or you may lose your right to pursue compensation. Keep in mind, if your loved one’s death was a result of an accident the date of the accident may not be the same as the date of death. Florida does allow some exceptions to this two years rule. An attorney from our firm can help you determine how long you have to file a claim.

Ready to Get Started? We're Here to Help!

Our Daytona Beach wrongful death lawyers take a compassionate approach to every case and will work to get to know your unique needs and concerns. We are always available to answer questions or offer a referral for grief counseling. After all, legal proceedings shouldn’t cause additional harm, especially when you have lost a loved one. To further reduce stress during this trying time, we offer our services solely on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you are not responsible for legal fees unless we are successful in helping you recover compensation for your losses.

We are available 24/7 to answer questions or concerns you may have. Call (386) 333-6613 today for more information about your legal options.

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