Wrongful Death

If your loved one died due to accident or injuries in Florida or Jacksonville, a wrongful death lawyer can help you recover the financial and emotional damages you and your family have suffered. But wrongful death and negligence suits are complicated-especially considering the emotional and financial stress you may be under during this time-and it’s best to hire a lawyer to lead you through the process

Few lawyers have the experience and resources that Brett Hastings has in handling cases involving automobile injury, accident injury, boating injury, assault and other forms on injury resulting in death. At the Law Offices of Brett Hastings we have a full complement of private investigators, legal nurse consultants, accident reconstructionists and other professionals to help you build and prove your case in court. If someone else’s negligent or malicious acts has taken the life of someone you love, you can get financial relief during this stressful time and make the responsible parties pay for your loss.

Find out more about Jacksonville wrongful death lawyer Brett Hastings & the Law Offices of Brett Hastings in the About section of this web site.



Explanations of Legal View, for Florida & Jacksonville, of Wrongful Death & a Lawyer’s Role in Your Case

Wrongful death is a legal term applied to situations where someone has died from injuries caused by another person’s negligence or willful actions. So if someone dies from an automobile injury that was caused in an accident and the accident was caused by someone else-either someone who wasn’t driving safely or who was driving recklessly-then the family members have the right to sue for damages. Damages that can be claimed in a wrongful death and negligence suit include:

  • Medical and burial expenses related to the loved one’s death
  • Current and future income family members have lost because of the death
  • Loss of companionship for spouse and children
  • Loss of guidance for children
  • Pain and suffering by spouse, children or parents
  • Loss of earning, including future earnings, for the estate of the deceased

There are some other types of damages that can be included in special circumstances. Your Florida or Jacksonville wrongful death lawyer can help you identify them if they apply.

A wrongful death suit can be brought to court by:

  • spouse
  • children
  • dependents
  • parents
  • beneficiaries
  • next of kin (under certain circumstances)]
  • personal representative of the deceased’s estate

In some situations, the court may award punitive damages as well as compensatory damages. Usually this occurs when the defendant’s actions were particularly reckless or malicious. They may also be awarded when a company or organization was at fault and the acts or omissions at issues would be criminal acts if perpetrated by a person.

In Florida & Jacksonville, Wrongful Death Lawyers Required to Prove Three Fact Components

There are three primary facts that must be proved for your wrongful death and negligence claim to be successful. First, it must be proved that the defendant’s act of misconduct, negligence or irresponsibility caused your loved one’s death. Next, your lawyer must prove the deceased has survivors (family or beneficiaries). Lastly, it must be shown that the survivors experienced damages because of the death.

These things may seem simple enough to prove, but can actually be quite complicated-especially if it involves an accident where the person at fault may not be obvious. That’s why it’s best to leave your case of Florida or Jacksonville wrongful death to a lawyer.

Free Confidential Consultation with a Jacksonville Wrongful Death Lawyer

Find out for sure whether you have a wrongful death case and what it will take to win your case. There’s no cost or obligation to talk with Brett Hastings and find out what your rights are and what potential you have for getting compensated for the loss of your loved one and expenses related to their death. You can arrange for a free consultation with Jacksonville wrongful death lawyer Brett Hastings on our Free Consults page.

Or Call Brett Hastings today at 904-247-4400.



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