Jacksonville Wrongful Death Lawyer
At Douglas & Carter, our Jacksonville wrongful death lawyers are frequently called upon to represent accident victims who have suffered some of the most serious and catastrophic injuries imaginable in Florida motor vehicle accidents. Some accidents are so severe that the victim does not survive the accident. In those situations, Florida law allows the person’s estate or family members to pursue a Wrongful Death claim against the negligent driver, to hold that driver accountable for his or her negligence and to help the family members left behind deal with the costs and challenges this loss has produced in their lives. Our wrongful death lawyers are here for you during this difficult time and will work diligently to recover a fair amount of compensation to help you deal with your loss. Losing a beloved family member to another’s negligence is hard enough; you should not be further harmed with financial hardships during this difficult time.
Facts about Florida Wrongful Death Law
Florida’s wrongful death statute allows a lawsuit for any death caused by a wrongful act, negligence, default or breach of contract which would have provided the basis for a personal injury lawsuit if the person had not died. The lawsuit can be brought by the personal representative of the estate, and certain family members who survived the deceased may also join in the lawsuit. These family members include the spouse, children, parents, and siblings or other blood relatives if they depended in some way on the deceased for support.
If successful in proving that the other party’s negligence was responsible for causing the death, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit can recover the following damages:
- Final medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of earnings from the date of injury to the date of death
- Loss of net earnings the person could have been expected to accumulate had premature death not occurred
- Loss of support
- Loss of services
- Loss of the companionship and protection of a spouse
- Loss of the companionship, instruction and guidance of a parent
- Mental pain and suffering for the loss of a spouse, parent or child
How Our Lake City and Jacksonville Wrongful Death Lawyers can Help
Since one or even both parties involved in a serious car accident may be deceased, wrongful death lawsuits can be especially difficult to prove. Our decades of experience handling car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian and boating accident cases in Lake City and Jacksonville means we know how to investigate an accident, determine who was at fault, and gather the facts necessary to prove a case of negligence and wrongful death. Losing a loved one is hard enough without having to overcome financial hardships at the same time. Let us help you hold negligent parties accountable for their actions and get you the financial help you need to care for yourself and your family.
Experienced Legal Representation for Wrongful Death in Lake City and Jacksonville
If you have lost a loved one because of the negligence of another in Lake City or Jacksonville, contact Douglas & Carter for a no-cost, confidential consultation with an experienced and successful Jacksonville wrongful death lawyer.