Florida wrongful death lawyers employ the Discovery Rule
With all the talk about the statute of limitations placed upon wrongful death claims, it’s important to be represented by a lawyer that knows how to make every second count. That’s why the best lawyers apply the Discovery Rule. This rule of law used by senior lawyers to better provide themselves time to successfully try a wrongful death case can incredibly helpful in obtaining the maximum amount of compensation for a client.
How is the Discovery Rule used? Read on to gain a better understanding of what experienced lawyers are doing to provide the best outcomes for victims of wrongful death.
Before the statute of limitations clock starts, a reasonable amount of time is granted in order for a lawyer to determine the cause of death and pursue the proper amount of Discovery in the case. At this point, the best lawyers want the entire “book” of the client’s life; not a short briefing. This “book of your life” can take quite a while for a lawyer that lacks years of experience in wrongful death claims; younger lawyers must work alongside senior lawyers and learn from the best to better themselves for the client.
The Discovery Rule is why a lawyer must be familiar with every aspect of wrongful death claims. They must have extensive knowledge in and out of the courtroom in order to act quickly and reasonably. They must know how to properly apply the Discovery Rule without wasting a single second “paper pushing”, or trying to merely get the client out the door with a paltry sum.
It’s important for a lawyer to have this knowledge of the Discovery Rule because it’s most often found helpful and therefore applied in wrongful death claims, which in and of themselves are a time sensitive, and all around sensitive matter.
With the Discovery Rule, the court must determine whether the victim could have reasonably known that illness or injury catastrophic enough to be fatal was to occur before they passed away. Then, a lawyer must use their experience to credibly determine whether or not the death was directly caused by another person. If the victim can be proven to have reasonably known an injury or illness was considered fatal, only then does the clock begin ticking prior to the actual death.