If someone dies at work and it's clearly the fault of someone at their
company, pursuing a wrongful death case isn't just a matter of winning
righteous compensation for your loss — it's also a way to make
sure the company doesn't let their employees get that negligent again.
Of course, in order to attain that goal, you have to actually win your
case and make sure that the company feels the pain of having to pay out
for it's employee's lack of proper care.
Winning is the only way that you'll get the compensation you deserve
as well — and it's not that easy to do. You can be assured the
company you hold at fault will put ample money into a lawyer to try to
prove themselves innocent (or at least convince you to accept a lowball
settlement.) That's why you need the assistance of a wrongful death
lawyer: Tampa families simply don't have the expertise to represent
themselves and win — and winning changes everything.
If the individual that perished was the sole breadwinner, for example,
there are only two possible outcomes: either the family is devastated
and has to completely change it's lifestyle often literally overnight
in order to deal with the sudden loss, or the case is won and the company
will not only pay for the funeral, but for a significant portion of the
deceased's income, allowing the family the money they need to find
a more reasonable and less life-shattering way to deal with their extraordinary loss.
It all comes down to the quality of your wrongful death lawyer. Florida
law generally limits lawyers working on contingency (which is how all
wrongful death cases are billed) from taking more than one-third of your
compensation as their fee — which means you can basically count
on any lawyer taking one-third of your compensation as their fee. So the
cost isn't a factor.
The difference that matters, when you get right down to it, is in which
attorney makes you comfortable and makes you feel like s/he can get you
the win you're after. Every attorney will promote themselves —
the ones with years of experience will tout the value of a high win/loss
ratio; the ones without that time under their belt will talk about how
they're hungry and more willing to put in the long hours than a older
lawyer. You can believe whichever pitch suits — just make sure that
the lawyer you eventually decide on doesn't rub you the wrong way,
and that you're comfortable doing everything they ask you to, and
you'll be headed down the right path.