Written by: Allan L. Ziffra, Esq.
Though the family members of a wrongfully deceased victim are understandably consumed with medical expenses, funeral arrangements, and many other personal, familial and probate matters, it is imperative to consult a wrongful death attorney at the earliest possible time in the wake of a possible wrongful death. Specifically, crucial pieces of evidence frequently become increasingly difficult to obtain and the recollection of key witnesses fades with the passage of time. Not to mention, unlike most other personal injury claims for which the statute of limitations provides up to four years from the date of the accident to bring a lawsuit, Florida wrongful death cases are subject to a shortened two year limitations period. The attorneys at Rue & Ziffra, P.A., have decades of experience in successfully resolving wrongful death cases.
What many people do not know, however, is that the Florida Wrongful Death Act requires the personal representative of the wrongfully deceased’s estate to file the wrongful death action. In other words, the only party who can commence an action for wrongful death is the personal representative of the estate. This requirement means a probate must be opened prior to the filing of the wrongful death claim such that the personal representative may sue in the name of the estate. Though surviving family members are entitled to damages in connection with the wrongful death, only the personal representative can sue or make a claim on the survivors’ behalf in this context.
This is just one of a number of examples why it is so critically important to consult an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible after the wrongful death of a loved one.The team of dedicated attorneys at Rue & Ziffra will inform you of the intricacies of bringing and maintaining an action for the wrongful death of your loved one and will carefully guide you through the entirety of the process. The last thing you and your family members need in the aftermath of a tragedy is to add dealing with the insurance industry to the long list of personal and familial matters that must be addressed.
The Daytona Beach accident attorneys at Rue & Ziffra, P.A. have over 25 years of experience in representing the victims of serious automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents and other personal injury claims. To learn more about their firm, visitwww.rueziffra.com
Rue & Ziffra, P.A., proudly serves areas throughout and around Volusia County and Flagler County, Florida, including, Port Orange, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, DeLand, Deltona, Bunnell, Orange City, Sanford, Orlando and Leesburg.
If you or a family member have suffered a personal injury in Florida, you can learn more about your rights by contacting an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer at the firm of Rue & Ziffra:
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