Ocala Wrongful Death Attorneys
Let Us Help You Hold Those Responsible for Your Loved One’s Death Accountable
The loss of a loved one is never easy. It can be especially devastating if that loss was a result of someone else's negligent or intentional actions. In Florida, if someone dies due to the fault of another person or entity, their surviving family members may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
At Schackow & Mercadante, we're here to assist you. Our team of compassionate and experienced Ocala wrongful death attorneys is dedicated to supporting you and your family as you pursue the justice you rightfully deserve. We specialize in advocating for victims of negligence, including those who have been impacted by tragic and fatal incidents.
During this incredibly difficult period, we're committed to providing the personalized legal representation you require. Rest assured, we'll be by your side, fighting for you and your family throughout the entire process.
Call us at (352) 261-6767 or get in touch with us online today for a free consultation with our dedicated wrongful death lawyers in Ocala, FL.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Ocala?
Under Florida's wrongful death statute, only certain family members of the deceased person are eligible to file a claim. These typically include the surviving spouse, children, parents, or other blood relatives who were financially dependent on the deceased person. If none of these individuals exist, the personal representative of the deceased person's estate may bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
What Types of Damages Can Be Awarded in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Florida?
If a wrongful death lawsuit is successful, the family members may be awarded damages to compensate for their losses. These can include things like medical and funeral expenses, lost wages or benefits, lost companionship, and emotional pain and suffering. Punitive damages may also be awarded in certain cases, such as when the defendant's actions were particularly egregious.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Florida?
In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the date of the person's death. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule that can extend or shorten the time limit, so it's important to consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney to ensure that you don't miss any deadlines.
What Must I Prove in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
To succeed in a wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove several key elements:
- First, they must show that the defendant had a legal duty to the deceased person (for example, a duty to operate their vehicle safely or to provide proper medical care).
- Next, they must prove that the defendant breached that duty (by, for example, driving recklessly or providing substandard medical treatment).
- Finally, they must show that the defendant's breach of duty directly caused the person's death.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Ocala Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
If you believe that your family member's death was the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, you should speak with our Ocala wrongful death lawyers at Schackow & Mercadante to see if you have a viable wrongful death claim. We can give you a better understanding of the basic principles of wrongful death lawsuits in Florida, so you'll be better equipped to navigate the legal process and seek the justice and compensation that your family deserves.
Give us a call at (352) 261-6767 or contact us online today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our experienced wrongful death attorneys in Ocala.
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