If someone is responsible for the death of your loved one, intentionally or unintentionally, our law firm will help you receive compensation.
When someone is killed due to negligence, The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can help you receive compensation for pain, suffering, medical, funeral costs and more.
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Son Died in a House Fire
Throughout the trial, Sean was an aggressive litigator and a highly trusted advisor of mine. He helped me secure the future of my children and honor the memory of my deceased wife. He worked very hard and he spent so much time on our case. Thank you.
An extraordinary lawyer! Sean has helped our family receive just compensation after we lost my husband in a terrible plane crash. He was very courteous and always easy to get a hold of when we had questions. I definitely recommend him for those needing a strong legal advocate to deliver winning results.
A friend of our family recommended the services of Sean Cleary after I lost my grandfather in a runway collision. Mr. Cleary proved that he was negligently directed into another plane before disaster occurred and his experience helped us achieve a result we are happy with.
A big thank you to Mr. Cleary and his dedicated team for the help they provided us with in our case. His expert advice, hard work and dedication to this case were exceptional. Mr. Cleary is definitely the lawyer you should see if you are looking for a knowledgeable professional, aggressive litigator and fair man.
Mr. Cleary is truly a lawyer that you can count on to bring justice in your case. He was very courteous and dedicated his time to helping me file a lawsuit after I have lost my wife in a helicopter crash. My family and I are very pleased with the result and recommend Mr. Cleary's services for all those who need legal advice and professional legal representation.
For trustworthy legal services, seek the help of Sean Cleary. Our family was devastated when we lost a member following a helicopter accident. We were recommended the services of Mr. Cleary and we are very grateful for the help we received. He is definitely a true professional, a man dedicated to helping others.
My husband was killed in a plane crash and I needed the help of a professional and experienced lawyer. Mr. Cleary was exceptional along the way, always easy to contact and always made sure all my questions were answered. Nevertheless, he is the go-to attorney for all those seeking nothing short of excellent legal representation.
We were satisfied by Mr. Cleary's legal services.
Clients were satisfied by Mr. Cleary's legal services.
Sean is an outstanding professional, transparent and very diligent; he personally dedicated time and attention to my case; he always responded my calls promptly, keeping me informed all the time. His knowledge and advises are very accurate and valuable. Definitely, great lawyer.
I would highly recommend Sean Cleary. Not only is he a very knowledgeable attorney he takes the time to explain the law to ensure you understand every aspect of your case. He is also very sensitive to the needs of you and or your family during very trying times.
From day one, Mr. Cleary had faith in my case. He paid attention to every detail with great professionalism. He did not shy away from any challenges and went the extra mile to provide what he promised.
Highly recommended. Sean is smart, conscientious, detail-oriented and extremely knowledgeable in his field. Always gets excellent results for his clients.
My husband was shot accidentally at a shooting range facility. I really appreciate everything Sean did for us.
Mr. Sean Cleary has proved to us that he is a true professional dedicated to his clients and went above and beyond to bring justice to our tragic case. He is a man of his word, knowledgeable, and paid attention to every detail with great professionalism, without shying away from the challenges we faced along the way. Definitely recommend him as an attorney!
I have tragically lost my brother in a horrible accident but Mr. Cleary has helped our family and we would recommend him without hesitation. He was straightforward, courteous and can adapt to a changing environment if the case becomes more complicated. He is a professional and extraordinary attorney.
We would like to express our gratitude towards Mr. Cleary and his team for the help we have been provided during the difficult times we faced after my sister's and her husband's accident. He is extremely hard working and dedicated his time to deal with our case properly. We are very thankful for Sean's help and highly recommend him.
Sean represented our family after we have tragically lost 2 members following a rear end crash. He was very sensitive to our needs in the difficult times we faced following the accident. Sean was a true professional and helped us receive just compensation for our losses.
I would like to thank Mr. Cleary for his legal services. His experience, support and knowledge helped us achieve a phenomenal result that we are very grateful for. I recommend his services without doubt, he is not just an aggressive litigator but also a person you can trust.
Mr. Cleary helped us obtain a significant amount of compensation that covered the death of my husband, the injuries of our passenger and the injuries that I have suffered following our accident. He helped us settle the case prior to trial and was very supportive and helpful during our difficult time.
Our family sought legal representation after a member of our family was killed in a rollover crash. Our case was settled prior to trial for a significant amount thanks to Mr. Cleary's hard work, wisdom and professionalism. He flawlessly handled our case and helped us get piece of mind after this traumatizing experience.
Sean represented my family after my wife died from an infection following surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach. Sean was not just an aggressive litigator but also a trusted advisor whose wisdom and experience with the medical malpractice system helped us achieve a phenomenal result that honored the memory of my deceased wife and assured the financial future for my children. I very much doubt that any other lawyer in the community would have worked so hard, spent so much time, and fought so many battles on our behalf. For complex medical malpractice cases that require serious brainpower and technical know-how, there is no better lawyer in Florida than Sean Cleary.
Since the circumstances that may lead to wrongful death are of a great variety, the statistics reported in the U.S. are shocking. For example, in Florida, medical malpractice alone is shown to cause each year over 10K deaths. Over 3 million injuries per year result from transportation accidents and an estimated number of 40K are fatal. Statistics show that nearly 800 children die each year in the U. S. in motor vehicle crashes. Statistics also report 12K yearly injuries that lead to over 100 deaths involving school buses. As published by the US Coast Guard, about 8K boating accidents occur each year, and over 700 are fatal. The construction industry accounts for the highest total of worker deaths, with 937 deaths annually.
Almost 200K people die from fatal injuries annually, the equivalent of about one person every three minutes. Many of them, about 37K each year and nearly 101 people every day of the year are traffic fatalities.
The people or entities named in your claim will depend on the details of your case.
For example, if a loved one was killed in a car accident when a drunk driver struck him or her, possible defendants in your wrongful death claim might include:
Statistics regarding traffic accidents where a big rig is involved portray a harsh image of victims of collisions. The U.S. Department of Transportation informs that more than a half-million truck accidents occur each year. These accidents cause around 5K deaths annually, which represent 12 percent of all traffic-related deaths.
Florida's roads saw more than 4.4K fatal traffic accidents annually in recent years, with an average of nearly 350 involving trucks. These studies also revealed an aspect that is even more startling: 98 percent of truck accident victims are drivers and occupants of cars. In other words, most of the time trucking crashes injure other travelers-not the truck driver.
Drivers are directly liable for the crashes they cause. However, when truck crashes occur, depending on the details of the case, there may be more than just the drivers who are held accountable for being at fault.
Liability might also apply to:
In some cases, truck drivers travel in teams. One person drives the truck while the other person rests and then they switch. When a truck crash involves a co-driver, this person may also be able to sue the driver and the trucking company, if he or she was injured in the accident.
Medical malpractice is a broad category of types of legal action including misdiagnosis, surgical, care and medication errors, etc. Medical malpractice cases are lengthy and complex processes, with long investigations and complicated proofs.
Studies conducted by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) show that one in five medical errors are potentially serious or even fatal.
In the United States, medical errors are the third cause of death, leading to at least 250K deaths every year.
In a medical malpractice claim, the following parties may be possible defendants liable for causing the death of your loved one:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 17K people die in the U.S. annually because of slip, trip, and fall injuries. Slip and fall accidents in Miami and Florida are the common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and these account for 46% of fatal fall injuries among older Americans.
Landowners, business owners, homeowners, landlords, and municipalities are expected to keep their property free of physical hazards that endanger people who are allowed access because they were invited for business, commercial, or social purposes.
Also, landowners can be held liable for injuries suffered on their property by anyone, including trespassers. Landowners should make reasonable efforts to correct dangerous conditions or warn others of the danger with a sign.
Typical sites of premise liability cases include:
Reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that in Florida almost 300 people suffer each year fatal occupational injuries. The highest rates of workplace fatalities keep natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations atop the list of America's most dangerous jobs with an estimated one in every five worker deaths being in construction. In the construction industry, the leading causes of worker deaths are slips and falls, followed by struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
If a death occurs due to a workplace accident and a third party other than the employer was to blame, you may file a wrongful death action against that party. Examples of potentially liable parties in a wrongful death claim following a workplace accident include:
According to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statistics, dangerous or defective products, from malfunctioning auto parts to faulty medical devices, resulting in nearly three million injuries and 22K fatalities every year in the United States. Any type of manufactured product on the market can be dangerous or defective including foods, drugs, cosmetics, toys, and more.
In product liability cases, compensation may be recovered from either the manufacturer, distributor, or a retailer. Anyone in a product’s chain of distribution could potentially be liable for an injury. A chain of distribution is anyone who has handled a product from the time it left the manufacturer’s warehouse to the time in which it was stocked in the store for purchase by a customer.
If you lost a family member due to wrongful death and are unsure what your next step is, contact our Miami wrongful death lawyer today to get help.
Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, wrongful death lawsuits can be filed by the spouse or any blood relative (children, parents, siblings) or adoptive sibling who is dependent on the decedent for particular types of support or services. The surviving relatives who can recover damages for wrongful death are known as beneficiaries or survivors.View full answer
The damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death case include economic damages, such as medical costs, funeral costs, the loss of the decedent’s financial contributions, and noneconomic damages that can include compensation for grief and the loss of companionship. In some cases, punitive damages can be recovered, as well.View full answer
A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal civil action brought by the family members of a person who died or was killed as a result of a person’s or entity’s negligent behavior or as a consequence of an intentional act. When a person dies as a result of an exterior act of negligence, the surviving relatives can seek compensation for their loss, such as potential lost wages from the deceased, losing companionship, or funeral expenses.View full answer
The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim in the state of Florida is two years from the date of death. For example, if your loved one passes away because of another's recklessness or negligence on January 1, 2016, you must file a Florida wrongful death claim by January 1, 2018. However, certain extensions may apply in very few cases, depending on the nature of the action. An attorney can assess the specifics.View full answer