Have You Lost a Loved One in One of the Following Ways?
- Hit by a car while driving
- Struck by a motor vehicle while walking
- Hit by a drunk driver
- Killed while riding a bicycle
- Slipped and fell on a dangerous condition
- Died as a result of medical negligence in diagnosis or treatment
A wrongful death is any death that is caused by another person’s careless, dangerous or reckless act. It can happen in a car accident, pedestrian accident, bicycle crash, motorcycle collision, slip and fall or as a result of medical malpractice.
You Are Not Alone
When you work with us, we are a team. Here is what a recent client said about her experience with Jim Dodson Law…
"My brother was struck and killed by a car on Ulmerton Road, and being in the state of mind that I was when this happened to him, I really didn’t know where to turn or what to do. I felt as though I needed some help.
I called the office. We had a conversation. Jim immediately lifted the burden from me of what I needed to do at this time. From that point forward, everything was handled in a very smooth manner. I didn’t have any worries. I completely had faith in what was happening, that he had my best interest at heart…
I doubt that I even would have thought about the legal things until my mind was clear, and knowing that it was being taken care of was really good because I had enough to take care of just with my own physical and mental stability…"
You can view Mary Ann’s full video testimonial here.
We’re Dedicated to Helping Families Hurt By Wrongful Death
When you lose someone you love you are surely dealing with emotional trauma. We understand the other burdens of loss such as medical bills, funeral expenses, probating an estate, property loss; the list goes on. It can feel like you are in a whirlwind, particularly if you are left with all the responsibility. As survivor you may have the right under Florida law to be compensated for your loss.
We help grieving loved ones get back on their feet, emotionally and financially. Our experienced team understands that every family and each survivor’s loss is unique.
We will thoroughly examine your situation and guide you every step along the way and take care of your legal concerns. We will give you our best advice and help you with any decisions you need to make.
We understand you have experienced a life-altering loss. Knowing that your family member’s death could have been prevented if someone had just been more cautious or responsible makes the situation harder to deal with. Although we cannot change the past, were here to take the weight off your shoulders so you can focus on you and your family’s needs and the process of recovery.
The last thing you should have to worry about is the financial burden of hiring an attorney. When you hire Jim Dodson Law you will never write a personal check to us, you will only receive a check. We are paid an agreed upon percentage of your settlement. Simply put, we are paid only when your case is settled and we get money for you.
How Could this Happen?
The fatal accident that changed your life came out of nowhere. It can be difficult to process how it even happened. Death as a result of someone else’s careless behavior is, unfortunately, more common than we might have realized.
Motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in Florida as well as nationwide. 2,407 people died traffic accidents in Florida in 2013. With just over 300,000 car accidents reported in Florida every year, that means over 10% of traffic accidents are fatal.
Bicycle, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents can be even deadlier than traditional car accidents due to the lack of protection around the victims involved. Bike riders experience being run off the road, completely overlooked and driven into, and other abuses. Motorcycle crashes made up only 3% of traffic crashes but 19% of traffic fatalities. Pedestrians accounted for less than 1% of accidents but 22% of fatalities. The majority of deaths in bike, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents are caused by traumatic brain injury.
Slip and falls are common causes of severe brain trauma that results in death among the elderly and young children. In these cases, it often has to do with mobility issues.
Justice for the Families of Fatal Accident Victims
Florida law outlines who may recover under the Wrongful Death Act. However, determining exactly which survivors have a claim can be complicated and requires detailed knowledge of the Florida laws. Not all of the survivors will be eligible to recover damages in every case because of how the law is structured. Rights vary, for example, between a death in a car accident and a death as a result of medical malpractice.
Spouses, children, parents, blood and adoptive relatives may recover for their pain and suffering associated with the loss of their loved one. This includes loss of love, protection and companionship, loss of parental companionship, instruction and guidance. Jim has the experience to identify and protect your rights regardless of your relationship with the person who died.
Beyond the emotional losses, we understand you may have lost the financial support of your loved one. This could include the value of any household services the deceased person would have provided in the future, financial support the survivor would have received from your deceased loved one. Compensation to cover medical bills and funeral expenses are also available to the surviving loved ones.
When Can You Recover?
You may feel overwhelmed by the road ahead. We understand that you may be emotionally drained from your loss. That’s where we come in to play. We will take care of the legal side of things so you can focus on your needs.
Keep in mind, Florida law generally requires wrongful death claims to be filed within two years of the date of death. This time often passes quickly in the midst of dealing with the loss.
Before filing suit, the probate court will need to appoint a personal representative to bring the claim on behalf of the estate and the survivors. At Jim Dodson Law, we will work with the probate court to get this done.
In cases against an agency of the government, Florida law has notice requirements which must be met in order to enforce your claim. These are all matters we have experience handling, so you don’t have to worry.
We Have Offices Throughout Florida to Help You Wherever You Are
We are here to help you through your difficult situations and make sure you are represented how you should be—in the best way possible. For a free, no-obligation consultation with Clearwater wrongful death attorney Jim Dodson, give us a call today at 888-815-6398.