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Wrongful Death Attorneys - Melbourne, FL

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Every year, over 100,000 individuals pass 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 will suffer because they lost their loved one.

Douglas R. Beam P.A. is a wrongful death law firm in Melbourne, Florida. In our 30 years of service to Brevard County, our personal injury lawyers have helped our clients recover over $100 Million Dollars in settlements and verdicts. Our success in wrongful death law has led to the recognition of being placed on the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, a 10/10 Super Rating on Avvo and consistent placement on Super Lawyers. Additionally, our clients receive 3x more than what they're offered before we're hired.

Doing some research on a wrongful death lawsuit? Interested in seeing your legal options? Take this short quiz or call us at (321) 723-6591 for a free and fast consultation.

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Recognized nationally for personal injury law

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, taking on the world’s largest insurance companies and recovering over $100 Million 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 with our founder, Doug Beam, receiving multi-million dollar verdicts regularly and our managing attorney, Riley Beam, winning $28.5 Million dollars in his first jury trial.

Our reputation as one of the best wrongful death law firms in Melbourne, Brevard County and Central Florida 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 an experienced wrongful death attorney, give us a call. It’s always free and always fast.

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Winning Millions for Surviving Families

A man died after escaping his nursing home and being hit by a train. The surviving family hired us and received a $3,000,000 in judgment.

Do I Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer?

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 of the wrongful death.

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 of a wrongful death, they are often more focused on revenue than helping.

The top insurance companies made over $300,000,000,000 in 2019 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 attorneys have brought in over $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts and 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. If you’re experiencing pain and suffering from a wrongful death and are curious about what legal action you can take, complete this quiz or contact us for a free consultation!

How to Choose a Wrongful Death Lawyer

When 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

What do their clients say about them?

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.

What do their peers say about them?

Great wrongful death lawyers have a reputation amongst their peers for winning their cases. See what groups, awards and recognition that the attorney you are reviewing has.

How many cases are referrals from other lawyers?

Lawyers only refer their cases to the wrongful death lawyers they know can win.

How long have they been trying wrongful death suits?

Having an experienced wrongful death lawyer is critical, as cases can sometimes grow to be quite complex.

If there is no recovery, do they still charge a fee?

Different wrongful death attorneys structure their contingent fees differently. Make sure you have an understanding of how they charge and when.

Do they have the financial resources and staff to handle your case?

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.

How Much Can You Win in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The average wrongful death settlements range from $500,000 to over $1,000,000.

Here in Melbourne, Florida, Douglas R. Beam P.A. has had $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts.

Why the difference? It all depends upon damages.

Damages is the phrase 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 work 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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Hard Is It To Prove Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death suit can vary in difficulty. All cases are built upon a wrongful death lawyer proving four things.

Negligence

A wrongful death attorney must prove that their client’s family member’s death was caused in part or in whole by the carelessness, recklessness, or by negligent actions of the defendant.

Breach of Duty

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.

Causation

The wrongful death attorney will now need to prove that the duty that was breached resulted in the wrongful death.

Damages

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, medical expenses, burial costs, funeral costs, 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 circumstance, it is vital you hire an experienced wrongful death lawyer to make sure you are getting the assistance you deserve during this trying time.

How Does a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Work?

In a wrongful death lawsuit, a personal injury attorney is working to prove four things.

Negligence

The plaintiff’s family member’s death was caused in part or in whole by the carelessness, recklessness, or by negligent actions of the defendant

Breach of Duty

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.

Causation

The duty that was breached resulted in the wrongful death of the plaintiff

Damages

The compensation being requested is for damages from the wrongful death. Damages can include hospitalizations, medical expenses, burial costs, funeral costs, 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 their client.

How Long Does It Usually Take to Settle a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death lawsuit generally settles within 1 to 4 years.

Hire a Wrongful Death Lawyer

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For over three decades, our firm has helped those who have suffered a wrongful death in their Florida throughout Melbourne, Florida and Central Florida. The expertise that our wrongful death attorneys possess and our record of successfully representing clients has allowed our firm to become a leading Brevard County wrongful death 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 help@dougbeam.com or fill out the simple form below.

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