You may not want to involve an attorney, and we completely understand. But in over 40 years of handling wrongful death cases, we've found that the compensation and closure afforded by taking legal action can help families get through this difficult time. While no lawsuit can truly compensate for the loss of a human life, the funds recovered in a wrongful death claim can help provide for the people left behind and help them rebuild their lives.
That's why we urge you to meet with The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic for a free, confidential consultation.
Understanding wrongful death lawsuits in Florida
In essence, a wrongful death claim is similar to a personal injury claim, but it is filed on behalf of a person who has died. The claim must be filed by the personal representative of the deceased person's estate on behalf of the surviving family members as well as the estate itself.
A wrongful death claim is a civil action distinct from any criminal charges the State of Florida may bring in connection with the death, and the defendant in the wrongful death claim may not be the same as the defendant in the criminal case. For example, if someone is killed in a physical assault in an apartment complex with poor security, the person who actually committed the assault will face criminal charges, while the owner of the apartment complex may be named as a defendant in a premises liability case for the wrongful death.
In wrongful death cases in Florida, the following damages (financial compensation) can be sought:
- Compensation for support and services that the decedent (person who died) provided to the surviving family members
- Loss of companionship, care and guidance that the decedent provided
- Mental and emotional pain and suffering for the surviving family members
In addition, the estate can be compensated for financial losses sustained due to the death, such as medical and funeral expenses, lost wages that the deceased person would have earned, and pain and suffering for the deceased person's final illness or injury.
We handle tough cases with care and compassion
These cases are never easy. The laws surrounding wrongful death actions are complex, and to an insurance company, even a tragedy is just exposure to their bottom line. Our attorneys will listen to your story and understand how the death has affected your family. Then, we'll put our resources and experience to work for you.
Some of the significant recoveries we've made on behalf of deserving families include:
Some of our cases have involved overcoming significant legal obstacles to recovery for our clients. These types of cases are where Pajcic & Pajcic's extensive experience makes a meaningful difference. For example, in one case, we were able to overcome statutory limits on wrongful death cases by making a claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress (NIED) after family members witnessed the deaths of a grandfather and young grandson.
Our attorneys can advocate for your family
While no lawsuit can ever make things right after a person's wrongful death, we've seen the difference that our work has made for hundreds of grieving families. Taking legal action can help provide for you and your family as you work to rebuild your lives and move forward. In addition, a verdict in a wrongful death case can provide invaluable closure, an acknowledgment that your loved one's death was caused by someone else's negligence and that person has been held accountable.
That's why we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys today. Our discussion is completely confidential and there is no obligation. We just want you to know how we can help. Call 904-358-8881.