When a family loses a loved one due to the negligence of another, the emotional and financial toll of wrongful death can be devastating for parents, children or spouses.
Beyond the immediate cost of healthcare and funerals, the long-term loss of income can leave survivors struggling to make ends meet at the same time they try to cope with the deep emotional injuries caused by the loss of the loved one.
At Ward & Barnes, our experienced attorneys handle all types of wrongful death claims. For example, we help clients fight for fair compensation for wrongful death claims due to negligent drivers who cause automobile, trucking and motorcycle accidents. We also help families pursue damages from doctors and healthcare workers who cause the death of a loved one through medical malpractice errors. Whether your wrongful death case involves a defective product or exposure to asbestos, we’re here to help.
Wrongful Death Claims in Florida
Unlike criminal cases, wrongful death claims do not result in incarcerating the responsible person. Instead, our wrongful death attorneys pursue justice in a civil case for the family left behind. Florida’s complex system governing wrongful death claims creates avenues for families to pursue damages from the person or organization that is responsible.
When you choose Ward & Barnes in Pensacola to represent your wrongful death claim, our personal injury attorneys work to help you recover economic and non-economic losses caused by 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
Our attorneys will also help you understand how Florida’s Wrongful Death Act dictates who can recover damages. While the death of a loved one can emotionally and financially injure any number of family members, Florida law is very specific in who has the right to recover for those damages. Generally, any member of a family may recover for the economic losses caused by the death, such as funeral expenses, medical expenses or lost economic support.
However, only certain family members can claim damages for their emotional losses and pain and suffering. Generally, the surviving spouse and minor children can claim these losses. The parents of a minor child can claim these emotional losses as well. In certain situations, the surviving parents of an adult child can claim emotional losses.
Likewise, sometimes the adult children of a deceased parent can claim emotional losses. The analysis of who can claim what damages under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act is complicated and is highly dependent on the specific family situation. Our attorneys understand how to navigate this complicated legal landscape to pursue damages for the victims of medical malpractice.
Caring Representation in Wrongful Death Claims
Losing a family member due to wrongful death is one of the toughest experiences a family can face. Extreme emotional damages and unfair economic injuries can devastate families and cause life-altering hardships. Ward & Barnes knows this is a sensitive time for all involved. Our attorneys are focused on getting justice for you and your family and getting compensation for your loss.