Wrongful Death Car Crash
The loss of a loved one is an impossible tragedy to ever fully overcome. Sadly, nearly eight people die in Florida traffic collisions every single day, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Whether you lost a spouse, child, or parent, an attorney can help you file a wrongful death claim for compensation. While no amount of money can replace your loved one or undo the harm that has been caused to you and your family, financial compensation does have a power to make your life a little less daunting in the future.
Why Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit is Important
While you and your family members are mourning during and dealing with crippling sorrow, insurance adjusters and hospital bill collectors are busily working. Insurance companies of the other party that caused the car collision are most likely scrambling to build a case in defense of their insured party in hopes to pay out as little as possible. Meanwhile, hospital bills, mortgage payments, grocery bills, and all of your family’s other expenses must be paid. Recovering a substantial wrongful death settlement can help pay for these things while making up for the lost wages and earning capacity of your loved one. Compensation can go towards the immediate expenses that you have as well as future expenses to help set you and your family up for a successful second chapter in your lives, which could include your children’s college fund or a down payment on a new home in a new city. Furthermore, in most cases of negligence resulting in death, the negligent party is not held criminally responsible. The other driver could have been selfishly checking their phone for likes on a Facebook post when they took your loved one’s life, and they will never spend a day in jail. Filing a civil suit and winning brings some semblance of justice, despite how minor it may seem now.
What Wrongful Death Compensation Covers
- Pain and suffering of your loved one;
- Loss of joy of life for you and your loved ones;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of consortium (companionship to you and guidance to children that your loved one would have provided;
- Lost wages;
- Lost future earnings (what your loved one would have likely earned during the rest of his or her lifetime);
- Medical expenses; and
- Property damage.
Using Evidence to Prove The Other Party’s Negligence
One of the difficult aspects of winning a wrongful death claim in a car crash is that you have no way to ask your loved one what happened. They will never make a report to the accident investigator, while the other party may have. This puts you at a disadvantage. In addition to police reports, an experienced attorney will conduct an investigation using eye witness accounts, crash scene evidence, and crash reconstructionists to prove how the crash occurred, whether the other party admits guilt or not.
Contact Our Orlando Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
Let an experienced Orlando wrongful death attorney guide you through this difficult process so that you can be with your loved ones during this time of grieving. Call the Orlando wrongful death attorneys at the Payer Law today at 407-307-2979 to schedule a free consultation.