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.
Our client was involved in a commercial vehicle accident which led to spinal fusion surgery requiring a spinal cord stimulator.
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.
We obtained a verdict for our client who sustained spinal injuries in an accident that required spinal fusion surgery.
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.
Our client was involved in a motorcycle crash and sustained injuries. We were able to recover $1,450,000.
Our client was involved in a commercial vehicle accident and sustained injuries. We were able to recover $1,300,000.
Our client sustained injuries due to a faulty product. We were able to recover $1,000,000
We recovered for our client injured in an accident resulting in shoulder and spinal injuries.
We recovered for our client who was injured in a fall at an apartment complex.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Surviving family members of those wrongfully killed in Georgia may seek similar—but slightly different—damages under state law.
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.
Call The Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. at 855-WE-FIGHT or fill out and submit our online contact form to request a free initial consultation today. We look forward to hearing your story and sharing how we can help you get back on your feet.
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