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Every year, over 100,000 individuals pass away because of wrongful death. Wrongful death occurs when one person causes the death of another person, whether accidentally or on purpose. The surviving family is often left not only with grief, but a sincere need to be helped financially. A wrongful death claim is a remedy that attempts to measure the financial loss that the family suffers because they lost their loved one.
Douglas R. Beam P.A. is a wrongful death law firm in Melbourne, Florida. We've served Brevard County for over 30 years. Our personal injury lawyers have helped our clients recover over $1 Billion Dollars in settlements and verdicts. Our success in wrongful death law has led to recognition by prominent organizations. We are on the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, have a 10/10 Super Rating on Avvo, and have consistent placement on Super Lawyers. Additionally, our clients receive 3x more than what they're offered before we're hired.
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Insurance companies know our law firm. For decades, the team at Douglas R. Beam has made a name for themselves by representing surviving families of wrongful death. We've taken on the world’s largest insurance companies and recovered over $1 Billion Dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Our team has a reputation for being experienced, well-connected, and successful. Douglas R. Beam P.A. has scored huge verdicts. Our founder, Doug Beam, regularly receives multi-million dollar verdicts, and our managing attorney, Riley Beam, won $28.5 Million dollars in his first jury trial.
We have a reputation as one of the best wrongful death law firms in Melbourne, Brevard County, and Central Florida. Our reputation comes from the trust of our community. We’ve grown because of our results and how we treat our clients. If you’re looking for a wrongful death attorney with a proven record, give us a call. It’s always free and always fast.
“Riley Beam and his office are very knowledgeable and supportive. They make dealing with a bad situation the best possible. Someone is always there to help or answer questions when you need them, no matter time or day of the week.”
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A man died after escaping his nursing home and being hit by a train. The surviving family hired us and received $3,000,000 in judgment.
After a wrongful death, many surviving families may be surprised to know that they have legal options for compensation. The individual responsible for the wrongful death, and their insurance company, are required to uphold certain duties to the surviving family.
Every day, we are shocked to find how little insurance companies want to offer surviving families of wrongful death. On average, we find that insurance undervalues injury claims by 2 to 100 times what we get for our client. It’s a broad spectrum, but it proves a point.
Most people don’t understand how badly insurance is setting them up for the future.
Few can understand how devastating a wrongful death can be. What can appear to only be tragic for the individual can take on enormous demands for the family financially, emotionally, and physically. To make matters worse, insurance is known for fighting wrongful death lawsuits tooth and nail. When it is time for insurance companies to fulfill their duty to the surviving family, they are often more focused on revenue than helping.
The top insurance companies made over $300,000,000,000 in 2019. They did this by making sure they were paying out claims that were favorable to them. Great wrongful death lawyers know the tricks of the insurance companies. At Douglas R. Beam P.A. our wrongful death attorneys have brought in over $1,000,000,000 in settlements and verdicts. We have helped our clients, on average, receive 3x what they’re offered before our firm is hired.
If you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one due to wrongful death you should speak with a Melbourne, Florida personal injury attorney. Do this as quickly as possible. Once a wrongful death takes place, insurance begins working to make sure they pay you the least amount of money possible. Are you experiencing pain and suffering from a wrongful death and are curious about what legal action you can take? Contact us for a free consultation!
Are you hiring a wrongful death attorney? We encourage people to use the following criteria to make sure they are choosing the best law firm for a wrongful death suit.
Wrongful death suits can be complex, challenging, and difficult. See what other clients who have used these attorneys have to say about how the wrongful death lawyer treated them during their time. A positive track record is a great sign.
Great wrongful death lawyers have a reputation among their peers for winning their cases. See what memberships, awards, and recognition that the attorney you are reviewing has.
Lawyers only refer their cases to the wrongful death lawyers they know can win.
Having an experienced wrongful death lawyer is critical, as cases can sometimes grow to be quite complex.
Different wrongful death attorneys structure their contingent fees differently. Make sure you have an understanding of how they charge and when.
Wrongful death lawsuits can, at times, cost upwards of $250,000 to try. Make sure that, when it comes time to show up, your wrongful death lawyer will be there.
The average wrongful death settlements range from $500,000 to over $1,000,000.
Why the difference? It all depends upon damages.
Here in Melbourne, Florida, Douglas R. Beam P.A. has had $1,000,000,000 in settlements and verdicts.
A wrongful death claim is very serious, and they often result in a significant amount of damages paid as compensation. Damages is the term used in the insurance industry to understand what the insurance company needs to pay for. Damages could be anything from a broken bumper to a serious injury to a loss of wages that was caused by a serious injury. How much money being paid out by insurance is dependent upon the damages.
Normally, when people interact with insurance companies, they do not understand how damages operate. They don't know how to calculate, document, and prove the damages that have taken place in a wrongful death suit.
When you sue for a wrongful death, you are telling an insurance company that they owe more than what they are offering. How much you get all depends upon the damages you or your personal injury attorney can prove.
A wrongful death suit can vary in difficulty. All cases are built upon a wrongful death lawyer proving four things.
A wrongful death attorney must prove what caused their client’s family member’s death. They must show it was caused in part or in whole by carelessness, recklessness, or by the negligent actions of the defendant.
Next, the plaintiffs will need to be able to prove that the defendant owed a duty to the victim. An example of duty on the road is that motorists must drive safely. In hospitals, doctors have a duty to maintain a person’s health.
The wrongful death attorney will now need to prove that the duty that was breached resulted in the wrongful death. For example, the death could be the direct result of medical malpractice.
How much is paid out in a lawsuit is based upon damages. Damages are the cost incurred due to the wrongful death. This can include hospitalizations and medical expenses. It may also include end of life expenses like burial and funeral costs. Damages also typically cover income loss, loss of potential earnings, a loss of protection, guidance and inheritance, as well as pain and suffering.
The difficulty of a wrongful death suit is dependent upon how hard it is to prove the items listed above. In this circumstance, it is vital you hire an experienced wrongful death lawyer. Your attorney will make sure you are getting the assistance you deserve during this trying time.
In a wrongful death lawsuit, a personal injury attorney is working to prove four things.
The plaintiff’s family member’s death was caused in part or in whole by carelessness, recklessness, or by the negligent actions of the defendant
The defendant owed a duty to the victim and did not uphold it. An example of duty on the road is that motorists must drive safely. In hospitals, doctors have a duty to maintain a person’s health.
The duty that was breached resulted in the wrongful death of the plaintiff. For example, your loved one might have been killed in a construction accident caused by the construction company's negligence.
The compensation being requested is for damages from the wrongful death. Damages can include hospitalizations and medical expenses. It can also include end of life expenses like burial and funeral expenses. Damages also cover income loss, loss of potential earnings, a loss of protection, guidance and inheritance, as well as pain and suffering.
If these things can be proven, the wrongful death attorney can get the proper compensation for the surviving family members.
A wrongful death lawsuit generally settles within 1 to 4 years.
For over three decades, our firm has helped those who have suffered a wrongful death throughout Melbourne, Florida and Central Florida. Our lawyers possess great expertise and have a record of successfully representing clients. This has allowed our firm to become a leading Brevard County personal injury law firm.
If you have suffered a wrongful death in your family, call us today. Our team is available at all hours of the day and will act quickly to protect your rights. For an immediate consultation, call our phone number (321) 723-6591, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the simple form below.
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