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Orange Park Wrongful Death Attorney
Wrongful Death Claims in Clay County
The sudden, unexpected loss of a loved one is the worst thing a person can endure. If your family member died due to another person or party’s negligence, you deserve justice. At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we know that no amount of legal action can undo the suffering you have experienced, but by filing a wrongful death claim, you can recover the financial resources you need to manage unanticipated losses and move forward in the healing process.
At our Orange Park office, we represent clients throughout Clay County. Our team offers compassionate, empathetic support and personal attention every step of the way. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call and answer any questions you may have. As a client, you will even receive your attorney’s personal cell phone number. Our only goal is to help you navigate the process of securing justice—for your loved one, for yourself, and for your entire family.
Florida Wrongful Death Laws
Like other states, Florida has several wrongful death laws that affect the claims filing process. Here, we’ve provided a brief overview of these laws to help you obtain a general understanding of how these types of cases work. For more information, including specific details on how our team can assist you in bringing a wrongful death claim in Clay County, please contact us directly.
Florida’s Definition of “Wrongful Death”
In Florida, a death is considered “wrongful” if it resulted from negligence, wrongful (unlawful) conduct, default, or breach of contract. Generally speaking, this means that if the decedent (the deceased) had lived and would have had grounds for a personal injury claim, the death is classified as “wrongful.”
Common causes of wrongful death include:
- Car crashes
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle collisions
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle crashes
- Slip and falls
- Unsafe premises
- Boating accidents
- Acts of violence
These and other tragic events can—and frequently do—lead to fatalities that could have and should have been avoided.
Who Is Allowed to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In Florida, the personal representative of the decedent’s estate must be the one to file the wrongful death claim. Although family members who are not the personal representative cannot bring the claim themselves, damages are typically sought on their behalf.
Who Can Recover Wrongful Death Damages in Florida?
As previously mentioned, the personal representative of the decedent’s estate brings the claim on behalf of certain eligible family members.
These family members include:
- The surviving spouse
- Any surviving child/children
- The surviving parent(s)
- Any blood relative or adoptive sibling who was dependent on the decedent in life
Additionally, when the personal representative brings a wrongful death claim, they also typically seek damages on behalf of the estate itself. This simply means that the estate can recover compensation for certain payments it made in relation to the wrongful death.
What Damages Are Available in Wrongful Death Cases?
Both the estate and eligible surviving family members (as outlined above) may recover compensation for certain damages through a wrongful death claim.
As an eligible surviving family member, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Any medical expenses you paid in relation to your loved one’s final treatment/care
- Funeral and/or burial expenses directly paid by you
- The value of support/services your loved one provided to you
- Pain and suffering associated with the loss of a child
- Loss of companionship, guidance, love, support, and protection
While a financial recovery can never truly “compensate” you for the losses you have experienced, a successful wrongful death claim can allow you the ability to manage unexpected challenges and provide you with the space you need to heal.
How the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. Can Help
Following the unexpected and tragic loss of a loved one, you should not have to worry about navigating the legal process on your own. Our Orange Park wrongful death attorneys understand what you have been through, as well as the many difficulties that still lay ahead. We are here to guide you through the process and help you fight for the justice you and your family deserve. Our team will handle every detail of your case so that you can simply focus on spending time with your loved ones.
We do not collect any attorneys’ fees unless/until we recover compensation for you, and you never owe any out-of-pocket expenses. We provide legal services in Spanish, Russian, and German and are available to take your call 24/7. When you call, you will always be connected with a real, live person who can answer your questions and guide you through the next steps.