Jacksonville Wrongful Death Lawyer
Quite possibly, the only thing more traumatic than the death of a loved one is when that death was caused by another person’s negligence. The thought that the death of a husband, wife, child, parent, or sibling was the result of someone’s carelessness at their job or downright intoxicated recklessness behind the wheel of a vehicle is sometimes just too much for a mourning person to process. However, when it comes time to move towards the healing process, those mourning family members may be able to grasp a glimmer of hope for the future by seeking legal and financial retribution.
Whether the wrongful death was induced by a profit-seeking corporation that cut one too many corners or from a freak accident in which a pit bull jumped a fence and unleashed a fatal attack, the deceased victim’s family members may be entitled to damages capable of covering funeral expenses, medical bills, loss of consortium, and lost wages. Loss of consortium refers to the financial compensation involved when there is an emotional loss of love or companionship. Loss of consortium becomes particularly relevant when there are young children that have been deprived of a mother or father to give them care while growing up. The exact financial compensation of loss of consortium is determined by a jury in most cases. Lost wages refers to the financial loss in salary or wages that a family goes through when a member is taken away before their time. It is calculated based on the amount the deceased would likely have earned until retirement. If you have suffered the loss of a family member due to another party’s negligence, contact an experienced Jacksonville wrongful death lawyer at once.
Negligence Needs to Be Proven in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Just like a personal injury lawsuit, a wrongful death lawsuit will only be successful if a negligent party can be found and held liable. However, unlike many personal injury cases, the key witness (the victim that perished) will not be able to tell their side of the tale, unless the death was a slower process that was prolonged by years of illness or days in the hospital suffering from injuries. Because of this, and the potentially large financial outcome, wrongful death lawsuits are inherently more complex and delicate matters than a personal injury suit.
Wrongful Death May Stem From a Variety of Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 38,804 unintentional poisoning deaths in 2013. That number surpases traffic deaths (33,804), gun deaths (33,636), and falls (30,208). Poisoning takes a back seat to deaths caused by medical errors, which recent estimates put at greater than 400,000 deaths per year. Whether the accident occurred on a weekend trip, driving to the grocery store, or on the job (there were 4,251 work related deaths in 2014 according to the U.S. Department of Labor), if the accident was the fault of another, you may be able to collect funds necessary for the future of yourself and your family.
Contact our Experienced Jacksonville Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
Call The Pendas Law Firm today at 1-888-573-6327 to speak with an experienced Jacksonville wrongful death lawyer to find out more. Our successful lawyers will lead you through each step of the way in recovering compensation for your loss.