Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Florida, and often when a car hits a bystander, the results are incredibly serious – even deadly.
Since 2009, pedestrian deaths have steadily increased. In fact, Florida is one of the top three states for fatal hit-and-run pedestrian accidents.
This May, a Pensacola man was killed when he did not use the crosswalk and was hit by a driver.
In late April, a man from New Port Richey was killed when he was walking in the center lane. The man was wearing dark clothes and the area was not lit, so the driver did not see him.
A hit-and-run accident in March killed a bicyclist in Pinellas Park, and a pedestrian in Tampa was killed in another hit-and-run accident.…
Getting injured on the job is always a concern, no matter where you work, but do you ever think about how deadly your job – or that of a loved one – might be?
Let’s look at the 10 most dangerous jobs and how a fatality in one of these jobs could potentially lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.
What Are the Most Dangerous Jobs?
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,836 fatal work injuries in our country in 2015, an increase of 15 deaths over 2014. Florida accounted for 272 of those total injuries – nearly 6 percent – which was an increase of 44 deaths compared to the previous year.…
Wrongful death suits are filed when a loved one dies due to an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness. They are not a way to get paid for the death of someone you care about, nor are they intended to assign a dollar value to your loved one.
The point of filing a wrongful death suit is hold the responsible party or parties accountable, shed light on bad habits or practices to hopefully reduce the chances of something similar happening to another, and to cover the cost of losing someone – including medical fees, funeral costs, lost income, and so on.
Of course, you can’t simply file a wrongful death suit just because a loved one passes away.…
By now, you’ve probably heard that Venus Williams – tennis champion and Palm Beach Gardens resident – was involved in a fatal car accident back in June.
The police initially said Williams was at fault for the accident – although she was only traveling five miles per hour – for failing to yield the right of way to another driver when entering an intersection. Linda Barson was that other driver, and her husband Jerome was in the passenger seat.
Williams claimed she entered an intersection on a green light and had to stop halfway through due to traffic being backed up. It was at this point that Barson – traveling 25 miles per hour – also entered the intersection on a green light and T-boned Williams’ vehicle.…
Whatever your opinions on abortion itself, it is hard to argue against the sentiment that the decision to have an abortion is typically a painful one. Many women suffer from mental anguish and trauma after terminating a pregnancy.
A bill now making its way through the Florida legislature – HB 19 – seeks not only to acknowledge this suffering, but offer women who have had an abortion to take legal action against the doctor who performed the procedure and receive compensation for what they have had to endure. Essentially, they can file a wrongful death lawsuit because the doctor terminated their pregnancy.
How would this work according to the law?…
Physical trainers and coaches are supposed to push you to your limits, but they also have a responsibility to know where those limits are. Going too far over the limit can severely injure you, and in some cases may even have fatal consequences.
Such is the situation in the sad case of Colt Cardwell, and now his coaches are facing legal consequences as the family presses for justice and accountability with a wrongful death lawsuit.
On February 10, 2015, Colt Cardwell was at conditioning practice with the Warner University football team. Cardwell had transferred to the school earlier in the year to play as an offensive lineman.
During conditioning, he registered heightened blood pressure and experienced trouble breathing, but was allowed by coaches to continue training.…
If you have recently decided to file a wrongful death lawsuit, your next question might be, “Now what?”
Below, we’re going to dive into what happens once you begin the process with five of the most common questions people have.
What Damages Can I File For?
Florida has specific rules for what damages can be recovered through a wrongful death lawsuit. These include:
Support and services, future support and services
Mental pain and suffering (if parents are filing on behalf of a deceased child)
Loss of companionship/mental pain and suffering (if plaintiff is filing on behalf of deceased spouse)
Funeral and medical expenses
The deceased’s estate (if personal representative is filing)
For the specific laws, click here.
After the loss of a loved one due to accident or illness, pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit will probably be the last thing on your mind. It’s hard for a lot of people to seek restitution or payment for a loved one passing. After all, you don’t necessarily want to assign a dollar amount to the deceased, and you don’t want to be seen as “benefiting” from their death, either. You also have to work your way through the grieving process and deal with all of the logistics that accompany death, including funeral arrangements and issues with the estate.
But if that death occurred because someone else was negligent, waiting to file is a mistake.…
Wrongful death lawsuits are claims that assert a defendant caused someone’s death, either through negligence or intentionally. The law essentially allows the deceased person’s next of kin to file a suit against the party they believe is responsible for their loved one’s death.
A wrongful death lawsuit is separate from any criminal trial or investigation related to the death, and neither has any bearing on the other. Instead, these claims seek monetary compensation for the loss. Obviously, no amount of money can make up for the loss of someone you care about, but the compensation can be for funeral or medical expenses, or to assist the people who depended on the decedent for financial support.…
Playing sports in high school can be a great way for students to get exercise, learn valuable skills, and build friendships. However, when coaches push their student athletes too hard or place them in risky situations, the results can be deadly.
In one recent tragic case, a 16-year-old high school football player died after being told to complete a set of sprints as punishment for arriving late to practice. According to the New York Daily News, high school junior Miles Kirkland-Thomas completed two sprints before collapsing and going into cardiac arrest. He was transported to a Staten Island hospital, where he later died. Although his death is still under investigation, the weather may have been a factor, as temperatures were around 80 degrees Fahrenheit at the time that Kirkland-Thomas collapsed.…