When a loved one dies, it is often unexpected and leaves the grieving family in a state of shock.
These feelings of grief, anger and shock may be intensified when the cause of a loved one’s death is due to the negligence of someone else. At Simpson & Associates, we are empathetic to these struggles.
Our goal is to guide you through this process with compassion and determination.
Florida lawsuits are usually brought on behalf of the deceased by the surviving spouse, child, or parent. Florida Statute 768.16-768.26 is known as the Florida Wrongful Death Act.
The Act establishes the public policy of the state to shift the resulting losses from the survivors of the decedent to the wrongdoer. There are numerous wrongful death situations, which include, but are not limited to:
- airplane accidents, motorcycle accidents, or automobile accidents
- criminal attacks
- medical mistakes or medical malpractice
- supervised activity, i.e., work or school scenarios
- defective products or products liability
Our wrongful death attorneys are skilled and focused. We are prepared for every facet of your case from pre-suit negotiation to trial.
When the lawsuit goes to court, the judge or jury may award pecuniary damages to the grieving family. Pecuniary damages are economic damages, or more commonly described as “out of pocket” losses suffered by the aggrieved family.
The aggrieved family may be awarded funeral and medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and more. Additionally, in some instances, punitive damages may be awarded. Punitive damages are meant to punish wrongful conduct by the negligent party.
A judge or jury may impose punitive damages when the action is intentional, reckless, or grossly negligent and results in the death of another party, Punitive damages are meant to punish the offending party and discourage similar acts in the future.
If someone else’s negligent actions caused the death of your loved one, you need a strong, competent attorney to represent you. Simpson & Associates has significant experience in successfully resolving such cases, and will work diligently to resolve your wrongful death case.