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Board Certified Trial Attorneys Helping You & Your Family Find Justice

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 wrongful death 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 wrongful death attorney from Roman & Gaynor today.

We Have Recovered Over $85 Million for Our Clients

  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for Injured Pedestrian
    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $520,000.00 Settlement in Auto Accident
    A husband and wife were traveling 55 mph in the middle lane when they were suddenly side-swiped. Their vehicle sustained tremendous property damage to the driver’s side and the mirror had even ripped off the door. The at-fault driver fled the scene, but was later charged and arrested for a DUI. The insurance adjuster initially offered to settle the claim for a very minimal amount. The wife underwent neck surgery and the husband had back surgery. After operative reports were submitted to the adjuster, the policy limits of the at-fault party were tendered along with two underinsured motorist policies in this case for a total resolution of $520,000.
  • $425,000.00 Settlement After Semi Tractor Trailor Runs Client Off Road
    Roman and Gaynor's client was driving on US-19 in Louisiana behind a Semi-truck with a trailer attached. After clipping the side of the clients car, the trailer came completely unhinged, causing a devastating collision, resulting in closed head injury. After protracted litigation, settlement was reached in the amount of $425,000.

Reviews From Our Clients

  • “Thank you everyone at Roman & Gaynor. You really took care of me.”

    Luis G.

  • “At Roman and Gaynor it is not just about winning your case, it is also about making sure that you are taken care of physically and emotionally.”

    Co Ah

  • “He assured me that my only job was to heal and that they would take care of everything else.”

    April L.

  • “They Provided Helpful and Prompt Responses.”

    Edward R.

  • “Coming away from our first meeting, I knew that all would be well and that I was in good hands.”

    Robert M.

  • “They really do take their job serious and they really care about their clients!”

    Karen W.

  • “I couldn't be more happy or satisfied.”

    Jessica T.

  • “Thank you for believing in me and my case and always providing sound guidance. ”

    Ryan H.

  • “I am very satisfied with your service and I will recommend it to anybody.”

    Esther R.

  • “There is nothing you can do to improve in our eyes.You and Grace are perfect.”

    Oscar L.

  • “We truly want to thank you for not only representing us but all of your help, guidance and friendship.”

    Harry & Ellie H.

  • “I have complete trust and faith in your law firm and if ever needed use your firm again.”

    Marie S.

  • “I feel the staff and handling of my case was impressive and extremely professional.”

    Loretta R.

  • “Your firm cares about taking care of their people. I would refer them and use them again if needed.”

    Sultana M.

  • “This was a difficult situation Mark and Cate made it easier.”

    Mary C.

A Firm That Stands Out

  • Over 60 Years of Combined Experience
  • Two Attorneys Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Over $85 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • 24 Hour Availability
  • Free, No-Obligation Case Evaluations
  • No Fees Unless We Win Your Case

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