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Wrongful Death Lawyer Protecting the Rights of Families in Florida

After a death due to negligence, our law firm helps Florida families demand justice

When you lose a family member in a fatal accident of any sort, it can create a situation that is so emotionally overwhelming that it becomes difficult to fully comprehend what the repercussions for your family’s future are. Not only do you lose the companionship and guidance provided by your loved one, but everything your family has built together can be put at risk.

If the death was caused by someone else’s negligence, it can make everything seem that much more unfair. However, this situation might also provide you with the opportunity to pursue justice through financial compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. An experienced wrongful death lawyer can handle the legal process on your behalf, allowing you to focus on your family and your grief.

Based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, the dedicated legal team at The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. understands the complexities of wrongful death cases. Mr. Shomo is a caring and compassionate wrongful death lawyer who can handle the legal process on your behalf, allowing you to focus on your family during these most challenging times. Our law firm is committed to providing compassionate guidance and dedicated representation as you seek the compensation and closure your family deserves.

Among Mr. Shomo’s meaningful case results is a $10,900,000 outcome in a case involving a seat belt and seat back failure that tragically led to death. This outcome emphasizes Mr. Shomo’s commitment to holding negligent parties accountable and achieving substantial results for families facing the profound loss of a loved one.

What is wrongful death?

Wrongful death occurs when someone’s passing is caused by another person or party’s wrongful actions, negligence, or breach of duty. It is a legal action brought on behalf of the deceased person’s estate to seek financial compensation for the loss of life. This legal concept is different from criminal charges like homicide, which are pursued by the state.

In simpler terms, a wrongful death lawsuit aims to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions or negligence that led to the death. This legal process seeks to provide justice for the deceased and their surviving family members by seeking compensation for the loss and any related damages caused by the wrongful death.

What types of damages can I pursue?

When a loved one’s passing is caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions, a wrongful death lawsuit can be brought on behalf of a certain individual to seek compensation for the losses incurred as a result. Generally, two types of damages are awarded in wrongful death cases: economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages:

  • Medical expenses incurred before the loved one’s passing
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of inheritance or financial benefits

Non-economic damages:

  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased before their passing
  • Emotional distress and mental anguish suffered by surviving family members

Who can file?

Wrongful death lawsuits are not just about the money —they are a way for those closest to the deceased to address the heavy burdens that come with such a loss. By allowing certain individuals to file these claims, the legal system recognizes the huge impact losing a family member can have on every part of life. Not everyone is permitted to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida; only the following can:

  • Spouse or domestic partner
  • Child or stepchild
  • Parent or sibling
  • Financially dependent blood relative
  • Financially dependent adoptive sibling
  • The personal representative of the deceased’s estate

How long do I have to file?

In Florida, there is a time limit known as the “statute of limitations” for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Generally, you have two years from the date of the individual’s passing to initiate legal action. However, the deadline can vary depending on the circumstances. So, if you believe you have a wrongful death claim, seek legal guidance as soon as possible to ensure that you take the necessary steps within the statute of limitations period.

Do I need to hire a wrongful death attorney?

Suffering the loss of a loved one is always a profoundly traumatic ordeal, especially when their passing stems from another party’s negligence or wrongdoing. At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A., we are devoted to holding accountable those responsible and obtaining the compensation necessary to cover funeral costs, lost income, loss of companionship, and other related damages.

Let Mr. Shomo and his team help you through the traumatic aftermath of your family member’s fatal accident. We understand civil tort law, and we’ll give your case the benefit of our full attention and knowledge. Get the settlement your family deserves; you shouldn’t have to accept anything less.

To discuss the details of your case with a compassionate wrongful death lawyer in Florida, schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Simply complete the online contact form on this page or give us a call at 561-659-6366. Get the legal help your family needs to protect what you’ve been working toward.

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