Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one or close relative is hard enough without the feelings of doubt that their death was unavoidable. Replaying everything in your mind, trying to figure it out will only keep you from moving on all the more. Come to our firm for the legal counsel that will help you determine whether you have a case for wrongful death. We want to help you seek justice for your loved one and peace for yourself. 

What is a wrongful death claim?

Florida law states that when a person passes away due to the wrongful act, negligent behavior, or breach of contract of another person, you as their survivor can file a wrongful death suit in pursuit of justice for your lost loved one. 

Wrongful death lawsuits may recover damages for the following persons related to the deceased:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Blood relatives dependant on support from the decedent
  • Adoptive siblings dependent on support from the decedent

If you are unsure if you have a legal claim to the settlement, speak with a wrongful death attorney to determine your rights.

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What damages are considered in wrongful death cases?

The state of Florida stipulates the rules regarding the damages that can be recovered in wrongful death cases. In other words, you could receive financial compensation for the following considerations and more:

  • The value of support of services the deceased person had provided to the family member
  • Loss of companionship, guidance, and protection
  • Mental and emotional pain and suffering due to the loss of a child
  • Medical and/or funeral expenses
  • Lost wages, benefits, and other earnings the decedent would have made if they lived

Feeling the loss of a loved one comes at a great emotional cost, which can make it difficult to sift through the above-mentioned damages to determine what should be recovered. Put our firm on your side so you can focus on yourself and your family. You should not put off your grief to deal with the legal side of seeking justice for your family members. 

Other regulations regarding wrongful death cases.

The state of Florida stipulates that you must bring a wrongful death claim to the court in no more than two years from the date of the decedent’s passing. 

Though you are not required by the state to have legal representation for these cases, it is strongly advised that you do. Because of the pushback likely to be received from the parties being sued, you should hire an experienced wrongful death attorney to give you advice and represent you in court if necessary. 

We want to help you find the peace that comes with justice and allow you to grief properly while we handle things for you. With our attorneys on your side, you will receive support and compassion as you move through this process. Don’t wait to get help. Reach out now.

Wrongful Death Attorneys Serving Jacksonville, Florida

Have you recently lost a loved one? Are you questioning whether their death could have been prevented? At Sheftall & Associates, we can help you overcome feelings of doubt by determining if you have a wrongful death case and pursuing justice for you and your loved one. Don't wait to get the closure you need to move forward. Call us today.