The sudden death of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult ordeals to handle. When an
accident occurs that leads to the preventable death of a family member, it can be especially
devastating for those left behind because the loss was unexpected and preventable. Family
members and beneficiaries of the victim may have many questions and concerns regarding their
loved one’s death and its impact on their future.
When someone is killed because of someone else’s recklessness or negligence, the family and
beneficiaries of the deceased may file a civil lawsuit known as a wrongful death claim, seeking
compensation from the wrongdoer for their losses. No amount of money can make things right
after the loss of your loved one. But our knowledgeable wrongful death attorneys at Nooney,
Roberts, Hewett & Nowicki have observed that a wrongful death settlement can help a grieving
Florida family achieve closure and regain financial stability after the loss of a loved one who
helped support the household.
Our experienced wrongful death lawyers at Nooney, Roberts, Hewett & Nowicki are here to
answer your questions, stand by your side and advocate on your behalf. With our office in
Jacksonville, we will examine one’s death and work diligently to ensure that you receive the full
compensation that you deserve for your loss Call us at (904) 398-1992 or fill out a fast and
convenient form to schedule a free initial consultation with our experienced and aggressive
wrongful death attorneys!
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit filed by the personal representative of the deceased’s
estate on behalf of the immediate survivors. If your loved one died because of the carelessness or
negligence of others, you may have a right to seek compensation.
A wrongful death lawsuit seeks monetary damages from the at-fault party that caused the
preventable death, signifying the conduct was intolerable.
Wrongful death is separate from any criminal prosecution of the person or company that caused
the victim’s death. For example, a drunk driver may be charged by the police and face criminal
prosecution for causing a fatal crash. The drunk driver also may be held accountable by the
family of the person killed through a wrongful death lawsuit, demanding financial damages from
the drunk driver’s insurance company.
Many circumstances leading to fatal injuries may be the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit in
Florida including a:
▪ Car accident
▪ Truck accident
▪ Motorcycle accident
▪ Pedestrian accident
▪ Boating accident
▪ Bicycle accident
▪ Construction accident
▪ Negligent medical care
▪ Unsafe or mislabeled products
▪ Dangerous conditions on a property
▪ Work-related accidents
▪ Intentional criminal acts.
In Florida, compensation can be sought for certain types of losses in a wrongful death lawsuit.
▪ Loss of care, guidance, and companionship that person provided to loved ones
▪ Mental pain and suffering
▪ Loss of support services the accident victim provided
In some cases that involve intentional or outrageous conduct, punitive damages also may be
sought to punish the wrongdoer.
Wrongful Death Damages Coverage in Florida
The deceased’s estate also may receive compensation for certain types of losses:
▪ Medical and funeral expenses
▪ Lost earnings from the date of injury to death
▪ Future lost income the deceased would have earned
▪ Pain and suffering before the accident victim died.
These are complex cases to pursue. That is where an experienced Florida wrongful death
attorney from Nooney, Roberts, Hewett & Nowicki can make a significant difference in the
outcome of your case. Our firm has decades of experience handling personal injury and wrongful
death claims and is well regarded by our peers in the Florida legal community. Our
compassionate wrongful death attorneys are available to listen to your questions and concerns
and discuss the appropriate steps to take next. Call us at (904) 398-1992 or fill out a fast and
convenient form to schedule a free initial consultation.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
The State of Florida allows a wrongful death lawsuit to be brought on behalf of the accident
victim’s immediate family, including the spouse, children, parents, and other relatives who were
dependents of the deceased.
Each survivor may seek to recover the value of lost services and support from the date of the
loved one’s death and the importance of future lost support and assistance. The surviving
husband or wife may claim compensation for the loss of their loved one’s companionship and
protection and mental pain and suffering from the date of the fatal accident.
Minor children may seek compensation for the loss of parental instruction, guidance and
companionship, and pain and suffering. Parents of a deceased minor child may recover from
mental pain and suffering from the date of the accident in which the child was fatally injured.
Each parent of an adult child killed may be eligible to seek compensation for pain and suffering
if there are no other survivors.
Florida Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death Claims
The length of time allowed to file a Florida wrongful death lawsuit is typically four years.
However, the length of time allowed in wrongful death claims involving medical malpractice is
two years. More time may be allowed to file a medical negligence wrongful death claim in cases
involving fraud or intentional concealment by a health care provider, causing a delay in
discovering the cause of death.
If you ignore the Florida wrongful death statute of limitations and fail to take legal action within
the time allowed, the court may dismiss your claim.
It takes time to investigate the circumstances of a death and identify who should be held
accountable for the wrongful death. Therefore, it is essential to contact a Florida wrongful death
attorney as soon as possible to begin work on your wrongful death claim.
Wrongful Death Settlement Payouts
We will submit a demand letter to the appropriate insurance companies demanding compensation
for your losses and negotiate aggressively on your behalf. We will keep you informed of our
negotiations on your behalf, and any settlement offers received. We will offer trusted guidance
based on decades of experience to help you make well-informed decisions.
Our attorneys have been helping individuals and families rebuild their lives after devastating
losses for many years. Wrongful death cases can take many months to resolve. You want to work
with an established wrongful death law firm with the resources to pursue the case to a desired
Nooney, Roberts, Hewett & Nowicki handles wrongful death claims on a contingent fee basis, so
you do not have to worry about how to afford an attorney when your family is experiencing
financial stress due to losing a loved one. You will not owe any attorney’s fee unless we
successfully obtain compensation for you through a wrongful death settlement or jury award.
How Can Our Wrongful Death Attorneys at Nooney, Roberts, Hewett & Nowicki Help
Our compassionate attorneys can review the circumstances of your loved one’s death and explain
your legal rights and the appropriate next steps. If negligence or misconduct on the part of
another individual or company caused your loved one’s death, you might have a right to hold the
wrongdoer accountable. Choosing the right wrongful death attorney can make all the difference.
If we believe that you have a valid wrongful death lawsuit, our attorneys will thoroughly
investigate the fatal accident to determine what caused your loved one’s death and who should
be held responsible.
Call Nooney, Roberts, Hewett & Nowicki at (904) 398-1992 or fill out a fast and convenient
form to schedule a free initial consultation with our experienced and aggressive wrongful death
attorneys. We will await your call!