Losing a loved one in an accident is an experience words can hardly capture. The suddenness, the shock, the weight of the moment, and the lingering heartache are myriads of emotions that many cannot fathom. At The Ruth Law Team, we recognize that no amount of consolation can truly mend the void. While the road ahead may seem overwhelming, know that you’re not alone on this journey.

With over 40 years in the heart of Tampa, our team has walked beside countless families through such trying times. We’ve witnessed the courage and resilience that emerge even amidst profound sorrow. While we can’t bring back what was lost, our commitment is to shoulder the legal burdens on your behalf, ensuring you can focus on healing and remembrance.

If you are ready or curious about the next steps, please call our office at (813) 212-3765. Let us be your guiding hand through the legal intricacies ahead.

To schedule a FREE consultation with an attorney to determine if you have a case, please call (813) 212-3765 or schedule an appointment online.

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Why Should You Choose The Ruth Law Team?


We have over four decades of experience representing fatal accident victims in Tampa, FL, and throughout the state.


Our firm has recovered millions in damages and compensation throughout our 40+ years of representing clients.


Our firm values honest communication and open dialogue with clients, so you always feel connected and updated about the situation.

Our Fatal Accident Case Results


Settlement for Family of Man Killed by a Negligent Driver

We obtained more than a million-dollar settlement for the family after their loved one was killed by a negligent driver. Our client was proceeding through a green light when another… read more?

Settlement for a family after a company failed to properly secure a truckload of pallets

We represented the family of a gentleman who tragically passed after a motorcycle crash. This family contacted us when their loved one, who was riding his motorcycle, collided with a… read more?

Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Grocery Store Parking Lot

Our wrongful death attorneys obtained this cumulative settlement for a family who suffered a terrible loss. Our client was simply walking to his car in a grocery store parking lot… read more?

Settlement For The Family of a Truck Accident Victim

Our client was driving a dump truck on the highway when a driver (who was driving under the influence) failed to maintain his lane and collided with our client.  Our… read more?

Verdict For Family Of Man Killed By A Negligent Driver

A 27 year old male was tragically killed on his motorcycle while riding on Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in south St. Petersburg, FL. A graduate of the United States… read more?

Settlement in Severe Car Crash

Victim suffered multiple strokes caused by injuries resulting from the collision and ultimately died.

NOTE: Client may not obtain the same or similar results.

Tampa Fatal Accident Attorney

Fatal Accident Aftermath

While physical injuries resulting from fatal accidents are evident and widely recognized, survivors often grapple with an intricate web of less tangible yet profoundly impactful repercussions. Though less visible, these manifestations can resonate deeply and define the long-term healing journey for families. Here’s a comprehensive look into the deeper layers of impact stemming from fatal incidents:

  • Emotional Trauma: The sudden loss of a loved one can bring about a torrent of emotions – from shock and disbelief to deep-seated sorrow, anger, and guilt. These feelings can be long-lasting and challenging to navigate.
  • Financial Stress: Beyond immediate funeral costs, the absence of a loved one might mean the loss of a significant income source, leading to mounting bills, outstanding debts, and the daunting task of financial restructuring.
  • Legal Process: Navigating the intricate landscape of personal injury law, filing claims, and seeking justice is not only time-consuming but can also be emotionally taxing, especially when mourning.
  • Loss of Support: Beyond the emotional void, the practical support a loved one provided – child care, household chores, or even companionship – leaves a tangible gap in daily life.
  • Lifestyle Changes: The absence of a family member often necessitates significant adjustments in living arrangements, routines, and future plans.
  • Heirs’ and Beneficiaries’ Claims: Legal intricacies often emerge when determining rightful heirs or beneficiaries, leading to potential disputes and the need for legal clarity.
  • Counseling and Therapy: To cope with the overwhelming emotions and life changes, many find solace in professional counseling and therapy sessions, marking another facet of the post-accident journey.

Recognizing and addressing these layers is essential for holistic healing and restoration. At The Ruth Law Team, we remain steadfast in our commitment to understanding, acknowledging, and advocating for every dimension of your challenges.

To schedule a FREE consultation with an attorney to determine if you have a case, please call (813) 212-3765 or schedule an appointment online.

Potential Damages Available to Tampa Fatal Accident Victims’ Families

When faced with the devastating aftermath of a fatal accident, understanding your rights and potential avenues for compensation becomes paramount. Such compensation not only addresses the financial repercussions of the tragedy but also acknowledges the profound emotional toll on families. Here is a breakdown of the potential compensation avenues you might explore:

  • Medical Expenses: Covering any medical bills related to the accident, from emergency services to prolonged treatments or surgeries prior to death.
  • Funeral and Burial Costs: Alleviating the financial burden of laying a loved one to rest.
  • Loss of Income: Compensation for the deceased’s lost wages and potential future earnings, especially if they were a primary breadwinner.
  • Loss of Consortium: Compensation for the loss of companionship, love, care, and affection, often claimed by spouses or life partners.
  • Pain and Suffering: Addressing the physical and emotional pain endured by the deceased before passing.
  • Property Damage: Reimbursement for any damaged property, like cars or personal belongings.
  • Punitive Damages: Awarded in cases where the responsible party’s actions were particularly negligent or malicious, aiming to punish and deter similar behavior.

Navigating the legal landscape after a tragic loss is complex and emotionally taxing. Understanding potential compensation is just one step in a broader journey toward justice and closure. While no monetary amount can ever truly compensate for the loss of a beloved individual, seeking these damages can provide families with a semblance of financial stability and acknowledgment of the wrongs done. The Ruth Law Team remains committed to guiding families through this intricate process with compassion and dedication at every step.

Next Steps After a Fatal Accident

The moments, days, and weeks following a tragic head-on collision can be overwhelmingly disorienting. Knowing which steps to take during these times can offer a semblance of direction amidst the storm. Here’s a recommended course of action to navigate this painful journey:

  • Secure Legal Representation: Before making any decisions or statements, reach out to a trustworthy attorney. With The Ruth Law Team by your side, you can find guidance tailored to your specific situation, built on over 40 years of serving the Tampa community.
  • Document Financial Impact: Begin collecting receipts, bills, and any financial documents related to the accident. This will aid in accurately representing the monetary toll the incident has taken on your family.
  • Cooperate with your Legal Team: Transparent communication with your attorney is crucial. Provide all necessary information promptly and consult with them before making any decisions related to the accident.
  • Avoid Negotiating with Insurance Companies: It’s natural to consider engaging with insurance providers, but doing so without legal counsel can be risky. Let your attorney handle these interactions to protect your interests.
  • File a Wrongful Death Claim: If you believe the accident was due to someone else’s negligence, your Tampa attorney can guide you through the process of filing a wrongful death claim, striving to secure the justice your loved one deserves.
  • Seek Emotional Support: The emotional healing process is essential beyond legal and financial measures. Lean on family, friends, support groups, or counselors to navigate the grief and regain a sense of balance.

In this incredibly challenging period, every step taken with care and caution can significantly impact your healing trajectory and quest for justice. Allow The Ruth Law Team in Tampa to walk this path alongside you.

To schedule a FREE consultation with an attorney to determine if you have a case, please call (813) 212-3765 or schedule an appointment online.

Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?

Limiting your discussions and avoiding providing detailed statements without legal representation is advisable. Always prioritize consulting with your attorney, like those at The Ruth Law Team, who can offer guidance on how and when to engage with insurance representatives to safeguard your rights and interests.

Additional Fatal Accident Resources

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit after a fatal accident?

Losing a loved one in a fatal accident can be an overwhelming and devastating experience. It is even more difficult when the accident was caused by the negligence or misconduct of another person or party. In such cases, the family members of the deceased may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for their losses. So, who can file a wrongful death lawsuit after a... read more?

What is the statute of limitations for filing a fatal accident claim?

When a loved one dies in a fatal accident, it can be difficult to know what to do next. If you are considering filing a wrongful death claim, one of the most important things to know is the statute of limitations for your case. The statute of limitations is the time period in which you are allowed to file a claim, and it varies depending on the state and the circumstances of the case. Here... read more?

What is the average settlement for a fatal accident case?

When a loved one dies in a fatal accident, it can be a devastating experience for their family and friends. In addition to the emotional pain and suffering, there may also be financial losses, such as medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost income. Many people wonder what the average settlement is for a fatal accident case, but the truth is that there is no set amount. Every case is unique,... read more?

Contact Our Fatal Accident Attorneys

When tragedy strikes, navigating the path forward can seem daunting. Amidst the pain and uncertainty, having a steadfast legal ally can make all the difference. With over 40 years of serving the Tampa community, The Ruth Law Team is ready to guide, support, and advocate for you in these challenging times. Let us be your beacon, illuminating the path to justice and healing. Contact us today at (813) 212-3765 for a free, no-obligation consultation – we are here to help you navigate this difficult journey, and you pay no fees unless we win your case.

Steven and Jenna Ruth Evaluating a Personal Injury Case

Our Tampa Injury Law Offices

Located conveniently in Tampa, our Tampa car injury law offices are designed to meet your needs. With decades of experience serving the Tampa community, we pride ourselves on our approachability and commitment to helping those in need. Whether you prefer an in-person visit or a virtual consultation, our dedicated team is always ready to assist, offering both options free of charge to ensure you get the guidance you deserve.

Contact Our Tampa Office (By Appointment Only)

Physical Address:
511 West Bay Street #450
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 212-3765

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 16847
St. Petersburg, FL 33733

About The Ruth Law Team

For over 40 years, The Ruth Law Team has been helping those who were injured due to an accident, defective product, nursing home abuse, and more. If you or someone you love was wrongfully hurt, The Ruth Law Team will guide and support you through the legal process.

Our team of passionate and experienced personal injury attorneys will fight for what you deserve. If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys and have your case evaluated, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (813) 212-3765. Our lines are open 24/7.

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