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Wrongful Death

The untimely death of a loved one can devastate family members and friends, leaving them alone to pick up the pieces.

Regrettably, many times family members die due to the negligence of others. The unexpected death of a loved one because of carelessness can leave the family lost and in a financial bind. When this type of situation occurs, you need an experienced wrongful death attorney to fight for you. Henry Gare Personal Injury Attorney and wrongful death lawyer, provide wrongful death case representation for Jacksonville and North Florida.

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The Jacksonville, Florida Law Offices of Henry E. Gare can assist with answering any questions concerning your wrongful death claim, regardless of where in Florida the fatality happened. As a survivor of a deceased loved one, you could be eligible to file a wrongful death claim and recover the following losses:

Loss of love, comfort, companionship, and moral support of the family member

The monetary value of the financial support which the survivor would have received from the decedent if not for their untimely death

The value of their household assistance the deceased party would have provided

As a medical negligence attorney, Henry Gare understands the medical industry laws.

If a loved one has died at the hands of medical negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death. Medical negligence lawyers work hard to uncover the truth for their clients and hold the medical facility liable for their actions. After a loved one has died, certain people can file a claim for wrongful death. Contact Jacksonville, FL, wrongful death lawyer Henry E. Gare online or call (904) 387 6101 to ascertain if you are authorized to file a claim for wrongful death. Our consultation is free and confidential.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common types of wrongful death lawsuits in Jacksonville?

If your love one dies as a result of a car crash, medical malpractice, a defective product or a work place accident you may have a claim for wrongful death. For over 25 years Henry Gare Personal Injury Attorney has helped families who have a Jacksonville claim for wrongful death.

Who can bring a claim for Wrongful Death in Jacksonville?

You might know that when someone dies, they leave an “estate.”  Their “estate” basically includes the sum total of everything that they owned during their lifetime, which is left to beneficiaries, either in a will or (if there is no will) as the beneficiaries are defined and determined by statute in Florida.  So the first
category of claimants entitled to sue under Florida’s wrongful death statute is someone called the “personal representative of the estate,” who is entitled to bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of any and all estate beneficiaries.  The problem with the first category is that the available damages are somewhat limited.

The personal representative may also bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the “survivors” of the person who died. In fact, the personal representative is required to include all survivors in any wrongful death action. These survivors may also be part of the estate (the first category). But they are different because they are entitled to recover different types of damages, which can often lead to much higher damages settlements or verdicts. Florida’s wrongful death statute defines who qualifies as a survivor, in some ways unfairly excluding those strongly affected by the death of a loved one. Survivors sometimes entitled to more significant damages (should the case otherwise be proven) are:

  • The decedent’s spouse;
  • The decedent’s children (although minor children, defined as those under the age of 25, are entitled to higher damages);
  • The decedent’s parents; and
  • When they were at least partially dependent on the decedent for support or services, blood relatives including adoptive brothers and sisters.