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Wrongful Death Litigation in Tallahassee

How the Statute of Limitations Affects Your Wrongful Death Attorney's Case

Wrongful death lawsuits are designed to ensure that justice is served and that all responsible parties pay for what they’ve done. A wrongful death lawsuit is also designed to compensate surviving family members for the financial and emotional hardships that they have endured as a result of their loved one's death.

When it comes to wrongful death litigation, you want to make sure that you talk with a lawyer and file a lawsuit as soon as possible despite the grief you are experiencing.

The reason that you want to act so quickly is because of the statute of limitations that governs wrongful death lawsuits, which is the period of time that you have to file a suit.

The Tallahassee wrongful death attorneys at Shapiro Law Firm, P.A. offer the following useful information regarding the statute of limitations in this type of litigation.

Examples of circumstances resulting in a legitimate wrongful death suit include:

Lawsuit Eligibility

Wrongful death laws are different from one state to the next. In order to stand the best chance of prevailing on your claim, you must:

  • Be an immediate family member of the deceased.
  • Have an official death certificate as proof of your loved one’s death.
  • Have suffered emotional and/or financial hardship as a result of the wrongful death.

State Statute Of Limitations

Every state has its own individual statute of limitations for wrongful death litigation, and a qualified lawyer who specializes in wrongful death cases will be able to help you get a better understanding of the statute in your particular state.

Depending on where you live, you can have as little as a few months in which to legally file a lawsuit, or as much as a few years. Once that statute of limitations has passed, however, your claim will become invalid no matter how legitimate it might actually be.

Special Circumstances

There are special situations in which you may qualify for an exception to the statute of limitations for wrongful death litigation. For example, if the actual cause of a person’s death wasn’t discovered until after the statute of limitations had passed, then a claim can still legally be filed even though the limitation has expired. An attorney in your area can let you know if any special circumstances apply in your case.

You’ll want to make sure that your wrongful death case is handled by a reputable and experienced lawyer in order to improve your chances of receiving the maximum compensation available to you under the law.

To learn more about the wrongful death litigation process, or to receive a FREE consultation with an experienced Tallahassee wrongful death attorney from Shapiro Law Firm, call (850) 629-7226 now.

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