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Wrongful Death

If you’ve lost a loved one, the thought of engaging in a legal battle for compensation may be the last thing on your mind, or perhaps it’s the only thing consuming your thoughts. Grieving is a deeply personal process, and navigating such a tragic ordeal is incredibly challenging. While seeking compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one can’t bring them back, it can provide relief for funeral expenses and cover lost pay or benefits that would have contributed to the household. Wrongful death settlements may also encompass compensation for non-economic damages, addressing pain and suffering, and the loss of companionship and guidance that the departed loved one would have provided.

The sudden occurrence of a wrongful death due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions adds immense grief to the family members left behind. Pursuing a settlement might feel conflicting, yet it serves the purpose of holding the responsible party accountable and alleviating some of the financial burdens resulting from the tragic loss.

In a wrongful death case, the personal representative assumes the role of the plaintiff on behalf of the family. Any damages recovered by the personal representative are directed towards benefiting the surviving family or the victim’s estate.

Wrongful deaths can stem from various causes, such as car accidents, unsafe products, hazardous working conditions, medical malpractice, unsafe premises in commercial or residential spaces, and incidents involving pedestrians and cyclists.

Criteria for a wrongful death case:

  • The defendant’s behavior leading to the victim’s death was reckless, negligent, or intentional.
  • If the victim had survived, they would have had grounds to bring a case against the defendant.
  • A personal representative is identified to act on behalf of the victim’s family and estate.
  • The loss of the victim resulted in the loss of financial or personal support for the family.

If you suspect that your loved one’s death resulted from someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts, you may be eligible for financial compensation covering:

  • Funeral Expenses: Compensation for the victim’s family to address funeral costs.
  • Medical Expenses: Inclusive of hospital stays, medications, exams, tests, and physical therapy, even if the victim did not survive.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for the financial impact on those depending on the victim, covering lost future wages.
  • Emotional Harm: Addressing the emotional toll on the family, providing compensation for pain, suffering, or therapy.

Seeking damages for a wrongful death cannot reverse the loss, but it can ease the financial burden. Attorney Garnes, an adept Florida wrongful death attorney, will guide you through this process with compassion and understanding.

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