A death in the family is never an easy topic to discuss. However, if you believe that your loved one died as the result of the negligence or recklessness of another person or company, you may be able to recover compensation for his or her wrongful death through a wrongful death claim.
At Ward & Barnes, we handle all types of wrongful death claims, including wrongful death claims caused from automobile accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, slip/trip and falls, and mesothelioma/asbestos. Like all of our injury cases, our Pensacola law firm never charges a fee up front and we only get paid if we make a recovery for our clients.
Unlike criminal charges, a wrongful death claim does not aim to put the negligent or reckless person in jail. Instead, wrongful death claims pursue justice for the family of a deceased loved one through the civil court system. Florida has set-up a complex system for wrongful death claims that allows families to pursue damages from the person or company that is responsible for the death of the family member. Through a wrongful death claim, our Pensacola personal injury attorneys can help you recover both economic and non-economic losses that you have suffered as a result of the wrongful death in your family, including:
- Funeral Expenses
- Medical Expenses
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Companionship
- Loss of Income and Work Wages
- Loss of Future Earnings
- General Damages
- Loss of Inheritance
- Loss of Benefits
Florida's wrongful death act also dictates who can recover each category of damages. Any family member can recover for economic losses such as funeral expenses and medical expenses. A spouse is entitled to recover for his or her emotional grief, pain and suffering, and the loss of the spouse. Parents of a minor child are entitled to recover for emotional grief, pain and suffering, and the loss of their child. Parents of an adult child may also be entitled to recover for their emotional grief, pain and suffering, and loss of their child. The wrongful death act also supports claims by minor children to recover for the loss of a parent and the child's suffering. Adult children that have lost a parent may also be entitled to recover for their loss of a parent and pain and suffering.
The death of a family member is one of the most devastating experiences you will endure in your lifetime. In addition to the extreme emotional damages, the loss of a family member can result is unfair economic injuries that can devastate families and their way of life. While there is no way to bring back your loved ones, we at Ward & Barnes are focused on bringing justice to your family and ensuring your financial safety for the future. If our Pensacola law firm can help you with a potential wrongful death claim, please give us a call for a free consultation.