Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death

Jacksonville Wrongful Death Attorneys

When someone is killed by the carelessness of someone else in a car accident or other type of accident, there may be little that our criminal justice system can do to help the family. However, in these cases the civil justice system may help the family obtain a measure of justice.

At The Howell Law Firm in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach, Florida, our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to meet with you and answer all of your questions about insurance, compensation for family members, probate issues and other wrongful death issues. As Jacksonville accident lawyers, we will do this at no charge and with no obligation to hire us.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

In Florida, spouses, children under the age of 25 and in some cases parents can take part in a wrongful death lawsuit. The family needs to appoint a personal representative to file the claim on behalf of all family members.

The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is shorter than other types of personal injury cases. You only have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit, so it’s important to begin the legal process early.

What Compensation Can Family Members Receive?

In Florida, family members can seek compensation for:

  • Medical expenses incurred prior to death
  • Funeral expenses
  • The deceased person’s net estate accumulations
  • The loss of no longer having that person in your life

While money can never compensate you for the loss of a loved one, it can at least help the family address the serious financial consequences they will face following the death. It can also hold the responsible person accountable.

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