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"Whether it's a whiplash, serious injury or wrongful death case, we pride ourselves on representing you with the personal service and aggressive representation that you expect and deserve!" -Attorney Ron Sholes​

Back Injury

After a trial, we obtained a verdict of 3.5 million for our client that sustained low back injuries requiring two surgeries and a lifetime of pain management.

Semi-Truck Accident

Our client was involved in a commercial vehicle accident which led to spinal fusion surgery requiring a spinal cord stimulator.

Long-Term Injuries

We obtained a $2.5 million verdict for our client that suffered a fractured arm and leg, necessitating surgery, as well as spinal injuries requiring long-term pain management for spinal injuries.

Auto Accident

We obtained a verdict for our client who sustained spinal injuries in an accident that required spinal fusion surgery.

Auto Accident

We obtained a $1.95 million verdict for a client who sustained spinal injuries in an auto accident which required a lifetime of pain management and need for future surgery.

Motorcycle Crash

Our client was involved in a motorcycle crash and sustained injuries. We were able to recover $1,450,000.

Commercial Vehicle Accident

Our client was involved in a commercial vehicle accident and sustained injuries. We were able to recover $1,300,000.

Product Liability

Our client sustained injuries due to a faulty product. We were able to recover $1,000,000

Semi-Truck Accident

$1.0 Million
We recovered for our client injured in an accident resulting in shoulder and spinal injuries.

Slip & Fall Injury

$1.0 Million
We recovered for our client who was injured in a fall at an apartment complex.


Strength, Compassion, and Personal Service to Effectively Handle Wrongful Death

The untimely loss of a loved one is a tragic event. This unfortunate tragedy is compounded when the loss is due to the negligence or recklessness of another individual or entity and simply shouldn’t have happened. When dealing with such a wide range of emotions, it can be difficult to consider the legal ramifications of your loss. Time is often of the essence, as evidence preservation is even more critical in cases involving serious injury or death. At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we have a team of licensed investigators who work hand-in-hand with Ron and our seasoned attorneys on each and every serious injury and wrongful death case. This is much different than most other firms, where you simply do not have direct access and contact to the law firm’s owner—or possibly even your assigned lawyer. Simply put, we do things differently, and we take pride in providing aggressive representation with the personal service you expect and deserve. Please reach out to our team and speak directly to one of our experienced wrongful death attorneys in Florida or Georgia.

How the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. Can Help

At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we handle wrongful death claims due to simple negligence, reckless driving, criminal behavior such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), medical malpractice, workplace hazards, toxic and dangerous consumer products, and unmarked public hazards throughout Florida, Georgia, and the Southeastern U.S. Our attorneys are licensed in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina. We represent the surviving families of persons who wrongfully died of injuries suffered under a wide range of circumstances, from auto accidents and truck accidents, to negligent security and product liability. We understand that the wrongful death of a loved can leave family members distraught with both sorrow and anger, and that’s why we handle these claims with care. Although we aggressively fight for our client’s rights in serious injury and wrongful death cases, we also understand the importance of compassion and service—personal service to the client and family who have suffered this extreme loss. We also know that while no amount of money can ever replace your loved one, it is important to hold the negligent party responsible for their actions by pursuing compensation for your loss.

Our firm can help guide you and your family through the legal intricacies of Florida wrongful death litigation while we investigate and present your claim and support your family through a difficult process of transition.

Learn more—schedule a free, confidential consultation by calling us at
(855) 933-3881 or by contacting us online today

Wrongful Death Laws: What You Need to Know

If someone you love has suffered a wrongful death, state law may provide you with the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit to recover monetary damages. Our familiarity with Florida and Georgia wrongful death laws can protect you from inadvertent mistakes that might jeopardize your right to compensation. At the same time, our experience with the proof of liability and damages against negligent defendants can help maximize the overall value of your claim. Depending on where a wrongful death occurs, a wrongful death lawsuit may entitle spouses, children, parents, and other loved ones to financial compensation for emotional suffering, the deceased person’s economic value, and other damages.

What Is “Wrongful Death?”

In Florida, Georgia, and other states, “wrongful death” is defined by law. In Florida, state law (Fla. Stat. § 768.19) defines wrongful death as the death of an individual caused by any “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty” by another person or party. Georgia’s wrongful death statute (Ga. Code § 51-4-1) states that a death is considered wrongful if it “results from a crime, from criminal or other negligence, or from property which has been defectively manufactured, whether or not as the result of negligence.”
Essentially, if the person who died (typically referred to as the “decedent”) would have been entitled to bring a personal injury claim or product liability claim had he or she lived, his or her death is likely considered “wrongful” under state law.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

State laws also detail who may file a wrongful death lawsuit. In Florida, only the personal representative of the decedent’s estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit. The personal representative, sometimes referred to as the “executor” of the estate, is typically someone who is either named by the decedent in a last will and testament or, if the decedent passed away without creating a last will and testament, someone appointed by the court to serve as the personal representative. While the personal representative must be the one to bring the wrongful death action in Florida, they do so on behalf of certain eligible family members, such as the decedent’s surviving spouse and children.

In Georgia, a wrongful death lawsuit may be brought by certain eligible family members. The order of who may bring the action is also designated by law.

In Georgia, the following family members are entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit (in order):

So, if there is no surviving spouse, the decedent’s surviving children would be next in line to file a claim. If there are no spouse or children, the decedent’s surviving parent(s) may file a wrongful death lawsuit. If there is no surviving spouse, child, or parent of the decedent, the administrator or executor of the estate may bring the wrongful death action on behalf of the estate and/or the decedent’s next of kin.

In Georgia, no other family member—such as a grandparent or sibling—may file a wrongful death claim.

What Damages Are Available in Wrongful Death Cases?

The purpose of filing a wrongful death lawsuit is twofold: first, the family can seek justice on behalf of their loved one who has passed away by holding the at-fault party accountable. Second, and in a more practical sense, eligible surviving family members may recover financial compensation for certain losses associated with the death of their loved one. These losses, which may be economic or non-economic in nature, are referred to as “damages.”

In Florida, eligible individuals can recover the following damages in a wrongful death lawsuit:

Additionally, the estate may recover the following damages in a Florida wrongful death case:

Surviving family members of those wrongfully killed in Georgia may seek similar—but slightly different—damages under state law.

In Georgia, eligible surviving family members may seek the following types of wrongful death damages: damages in a Florida wrongful death case:

How Long Do You Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Both Florida and Georgia have statutes of limitations, or filing deadlines, on wrongful death lawsuits. In Florida, most wrongful death cases are subject to a two-year statute of limitations, beginning on the date of death. However, if the decedent’s death was the result of homicide, manslaughter, or murder, there is no statute of limitations, regardless of whether criminal charges have been made or whether anyone is convicted of a crime related to the decedent’s passing.

The statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits in Georgia is also two years from the date of the decedent’s death. However, if the person died as a result of a crime, such as murder or manslaughter, the statute of limitations is “tolled,” or temporarily stopped, until the criminal case against the defendant is completed, up to six years. Once the criminal case has concluded, regardless of the outcome, eligible surviving family members have two years from this date to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Additionally, the wrongful death statute of limitations may be tolled up to five years in cases where the decedent’s estate has not been probated.

Schedule a free consultation today; call (855) 933-3881 or contact us online to get started.

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      Jacksonville, FL 32225
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      Starke, FL 32091
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      Palatka, FL 32177
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      Orange Park, FL 32073
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      Jacksonville, FL 32206
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      Jacksonville, FL 32207
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      Jacksonville, FL 32210
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      Southside, FL 32216
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