After losing someone you love, if that loss was caused by someone else's negligence, you can talk with a lawyer. Although a wrongful death lawsuit will not make everything better or minimize your loss, it can be a tremendous help during the challenging time after the death of a loved one.
Talk with the attorneys of Goldberg Noone Abraham, about your case. We have more than 80 years of combined experience, and we handle all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims for clients throughout Southwest Florida. We will help you obtain justice and compensation for your losses.
What Is Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death case is one in which the negligence of a person results in the death of another person. This can include the same sort of events that lead to lawsuits requiring a personal injury attorney: automobile accidents, slip-and-fall accidents and incidents of medical malpractice, to name a few.
In a wrongful death case, since the deceased person is not able to represent themselves to pursue a claim against the at-fault parties, someone else must serve in that capacity on behalf of the estate of the deceased. Papers are filed with the court to request that the person be appointed as the personal representative of the decedent's estate.
What Type Of Damages Are Survivors Entitled To?
There are two types of damages generally awarded in wrongful death cases: economic and noneconomic damages. The term “economic damages” refers to the financial losses of the deceased individual, which means items like the medical bills incurred prior to the death, as well as loss of income, funeral expenses and other items. Noneconomic damages take into consideration things like the survivors' pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of enjoyment of life for the surviving family members, and the pain and suffering of the decedent prior to their passing. If the death of a person resulted from a work-related accident, the survivors my only be entitled to a workers' compensation claim, which in general does not even begin to cover the expenses incurred as a result of the death, much less any future losses or financial obligations.
Get Answers From A Compassionate, Experienced Legal Team
We understand that you are facing a difficult time; a wrongful death claim might be something you are reluctant to pursue. Our lawyers are happy to take the time with you to listen to your situation, answer your questions and help you determine the best course of action.
When you call Goldberg Noone Abraham, you will speak with an attorney. We will not pass you off to an assistant or junior lawyer.
There is never a fee for an initial consultation, and we never charge attorney fees unless and until we obtain a successful verdict or settlement on your behalf.