Losing a loved one is an indescribable pain, and when that loss is the result of another's negligence or wrongful actions, the emotional toll is compounded by a sense of injustice. At Glober + Glober Attorneys, P.A., we recognize the devastating impact of wrongful death on families, and we are committed to providing compassionate and dedicated legal representation to help you seek justice for your loved one.
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What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is defined as “a negligent or willful act that results in the taking of an individual’s life.” Current law allows for the decedent’s heirs and beneficiaries to file an action of wrongful death against those responsible. It’s important to understand that a wrongful death action is different from criminal charges. So, a defendant who is acquitted of wrongful death in a criminal court can still be sued by the victim’s family. Rely on expert legal counsel from an experienced attorney to help you understand the complexities and gain rightful compensation.
- What are some of these complexities?
- Can the cause of the accident that led to the victim’s death be proved in court?
- Can the negligence of another individual/party be proved as the cause of wrongful death?
- Could the accident have been prevented?
A wrongful death resulting from a physical blow during an altercation or a fight is considered to be intentional. A wrongful death resulting from an omission or failure to act is considered to be unintentional; however, the effect is still the same, and the individual who intentionally or unintentionally caused a wrongful death can (and should!) be held accountable.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Generally, the following parties may be entitled to seek compensation:
- Surviving Spouse: The surviving spouse has the primary right to file a wrongful death claim. This includes husbands, wives, and same-sex spouses who have lost their partners due to another party's negligence.
- Children and Parents: In the absence of a surviving spouse, children of the deceased may have the right to file a claim. Parents of a deceased minor child or adult children who have lost their parent may also be eligible to seek compensation.
- Other Dependents: If there are no surviving spouses, children, or parents, other dependents who relied on the deceased for financial support may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
What Damages Could Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim?
Potential damages may include:
- Economic Damages Medical Expenses: Reimbursement for medical bills and expenses related to the deceased's final injury or illness.
- Funeral and Burial Costs: Coverage for funeral and burial expenses, helping alleviate the family's financial burden.
- Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the emotional distress and mental anguish experienced by the surviving family members.
- Loss of Companionship: Recognizing the loss of love, companionship, and guidance the deceased would have delivered.
- Punitive Damages: In certain circumstances involving gross negligence or intentional misconduct, the court may award punitive damages. These are intended to penalize the responsible party and deter similar behavior in the future.
Contact Our Wrongful Death Attorney in Jacksonville Today
Glober + Glober Attorneys, P.A. is dedicated to supporting grieving families and seeking justice for wrongful death victims. We know the complexities of wrongful death cases and are committed to providing personalized and compassionate representation. Contact our wrongful death attorney in Jacksonville today to schedule a consultation. Let us stand by your side and fight for the rights of your loved one.
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