Clearwater Wrongful Death Attorney

Compassionate and Capable Legal Representation

Losing a loved one is a tremendously painful experience, and one that can be made more difficult if their death was preventable. When another’s negligence or wrongful act plays a role in the death of your loves one, it’s important to know that you may be able to take legal action to secure justice and compensation.

By working with a wrongful death lawyer from Roman & Gaynor, you can have the support to take your claim to court and hold the at-fault party accountable. Our lawyers understand that this is a difficult time, and we place an emphasis on providing compassionate, personalized, and experienced representation to get you through this time and the legal journey ahead.

Florida's Wrongful Death Law

Florida's wrongful death act, in Chapter 768 of the Florida Statutes, outlines the purposes, procedures, and laws regarding wrongful death civil actions. Essentially, the statute defines a wrongful death claim as a civil legal action filed against a wrongdoer who is at fault for causing the death of another. Regardless of whether the situation may entail a criminal trial against the wrongdoer in question, family members must seek recoveries of their damages through civil proceedings. As stated by the statute, a decedent's surviving relatives including spouse, children under 25, parents and dependent relatives, and adoptive brothers and sisters are eligible to pursue compensation through these means.

In order to recover damages, it must be proven that another's negligence, carelessness, or wrongful act resulted in the death of your loved one. How this legal element will be established in your case will depend on a number of factors. If, for example, another driver caused a fatal car accident after running a red light, they can be held liable for compensating the survivors of the decedent. Once liability has been established, damages may include the following:

  • The value of lost support and services (from the date of injury to death)
  • Lost support and services
  • Loss of companionship and protection
  • Mental pain and suffering
  • Loss of parental companionship, instruction, and guidance
  • Medical and funeral expenses
  • Net accumulations

In cases that involve intentional misconduct or gross acts of negligence committed by the wrongdoer, survivors can seek punitive damages as a way to further punish at-fault parties and to deter others from committing similar acts, Drunk driving accident cases, for example, may involve punitive damages.

Work With a Compassionate Wrongful Death Lawyer in Clearwater

Having guided numerous families through the emotional turbulence of these experiences and the complexities of the claim process, we have become well-tuned to the needs of those we serve. Knowing full well just how difficult a wrongful death can be, our attorneys make it our unwavering mission to remain available 24 / 7 and to always offer our genuine support. Additionally, we draw from our extensive experience and specializations in civil litigation to ensure that wrongdoers are held accountable for their actions and that families recover the compensation they deserve.

If your loved one has recently passed at the hands of another, place your trust in a firm that truly cares about helping you rebuild your life. Passionate and prompt, our legal team will respond immediately to your request for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Discuss your needs, voice your questions and concerns, and learn how our firm's compassionate, caring, and highly capable lawyers can help you surface from these turbulent seas.

Contact a Pinellas County personal injury attorney from Roman & Gaynor today.