Jacksonville Wrongful Death Lawyer
Need to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit? Call (904) 701-0591.
Losing a loved one can be an overwhelming ordeal to process, no matter the cause. However, when their life was lost because of another person's negligent or reckless actions, it takes on a new level of tragedy. You deserve to be compensated for your tragic loss. No amount of money will ever replace the companionship and support of a family member, but a settlement may help to ease your suffering and make it easier for you to move on.
At the Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A., our Jacksonville wrongful death lawyers sincerely want to help you achieve the best possible outcome and have the skills to represent you in preparing your claim and dealing with insurance companies. Call us today for a consultation and to learn how much your claim may be worth.
Common Wrongful Death Claims in Florida
Wrongful death lawsuits are based on negligence and wrongful acts, which can include several different scenarios and circumstances. Florida Statutes section 768.19 defines a wrongful death as, "When the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of any person."
Common types of wrongful death cases in Florida include:
- Car accidents
- Boating accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Drunk-driving accidents
- Dog bites
- Nursing home abuse
- Motorcycle accidents
- And more
Because the circumstances of each wrongful death claim are unique, it can be incredibly difficult to prove liability. An attorney will not only help you navigate the legal proceedings but will also help gather the evidence and testimonials necessary to build the strongest case possible.
What Legal Protections Are In Place?
Section 786.16 of the Florida Statutes provides for the right of survivors to file a wrongful death claim, with the goal of shifting the losses resulting from the accident from the family to the wrongdoer. You can pursue legal action on behalf of your spouse, parent, child or any other blood relative or adoptive sibling upon whom you have been dependent. Children are allowed to seek remedies up to the age of 25.
The law stipulates that damages should be calculated liberally, and may include:
- Lost support and services, including the amount of income your family could reasonably expect to have derived from the decedent in the future
- Loss of companionship and protection
- Mental pain and suffering
- Medical expenses incurred during treatment for the illness or injury
- Funeral expenses
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, then filing a wrongful death claim not only allows you to be justly compensated, but it also allows you to hold responsible parties accountable.
Compensation for Family Members
It is highly advisable to speak with Jacksonville wrongful death attorney from our firm before accepting a settlement from the insurance company, as your claim may be worth far more than you have been offered. Insurance carriers are eager to limit their financial losses, and will often attempt to take advantage of a grieving family's anxiety to recover compensation by offering a quick settlement with a waiver of the right to pursue further damages.
Seek justice and closure for your family today. Dial (904) 701-0591 or contact us online to take the first step towards filing a claim.
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