No amount of money can truly compensate the loss of a human life. But every dollar we recovered in those cases made a real difference in the lives of the people left behind. Each recovery sends a strong message that the type of negligence that leads to fatal accidents is not acceptable here in Florida. And that financial compensation helps grieving families rebuild their lives when they need help most.
Get help from a fatal car accident lawyer who understands Florida's laws
Legally, civil cases emerging from fatal car accidents are known as wrongful death lawsuits. A civil claim of wrongful death is distinct from any criminal charges, such as vehicular homicide, which may be pursued by the State of Florida in connection with the same death. Because the burden of proof in civil court is lower than in criminal court, it may be possible for your family to recover financial compensation even if the driver who caused the accident was acquitted of criminal charges.
A wrongful death case must be pursued by the personal representative of the deceased person's estate on behalf of the spouse, children, parents and any other relatives who were dependent on the person who died. Under Florida law, the personal representative has four years from the date of death to pursue a claim, with some exceptions.
Because of the restrictions set by Florida law, the amount the grieving family members can recover is often limited. However, our attorneys have the experience and resources needed to overcome those limits in many cases. In one notable case, we were able to recover over a million dollars for a very deserving family due to negligent infliction of emotional distress (NIED). This is a claim for financial compensation after a family member sees the victim at the accident scene and suffers physical symptoms due to the emotional distress.
The accident changed your family's future. Call a compassionate attorney today.
For over 40 years, Pajcic & Pajcic has been a trusted advocate for Jacksonville residents during the most difficult times of their lives. When you contact us, we'll listen. We'll seek to understand what happened and how the death has affected your and your family's lives. Then we'll go to work - to hold the negligent party accountable and get the compensation your family needs.
We would be honored to meet with you for a free consultation and help you understand your legal rights. There is no obligation, and our discussion will be completely confidential. Call 904-358-8881.