Ocala Wrongful Death Lawyer
Few experiences are more painful than losing a family member, especially when the death is sudden and caused by another’s negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing. If you need to pursue compensation for your losses through a wrongful death claim, Marianne Howanitz, P.A. can help by providing assertive and compassionate representation at every stage of the legal process. Our Ocala wrongful death lawyers understand how difficult it is to put the pieces together after a loved one’s death, knowing one piece will always be missing. Our goal is to relieve your stress and ease your grief by delivering an unparalleled level of personal attention and sound legal guidance.
Florida Wrongful Death Law
A wrongful death lawsuit may arise from a variety of circumstances, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, injuries to children, dangerous property conditions, and defective products. After a loved one has passed away due to someone else’s “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract,” the deceased individual’s estate may bring a wrongful death claim. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of the deceased person’s surviving family members who are eligible to recover damages under Florida’s wrongful death law. These individuals are:
- The deceased person’s spouse, children, and parents
- Any blood relative or adoptive sibling who was partly or wholly dependent on the deceased person for support or services
In Florida, the statute of limitations for bringing a wrongful death lawsuit is generally two years from the date of death, so you must act relatively quickly to seek the compensation your family is entitled to after a tragic accident. Attorney Marianne Howanitz, P.A. has years of experience handling wrongful death claims in Florida, negotiating with insurance companies, and taking cases to court if necessary. She also offers the compassionate and personal attention you need during this incredibly difficult time.
Damages Available to Surviving Family Members
Florida law also sets out the rules for awarding damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Surviving families may receive compensation for medical or funeral expenses, the value of support and services the deceased person provided, and the loss of companionship, guidance and protection provided by the deceased person. Parents may also recover for the mental and emotional pain and suffering due to the loss of a child.
Speak with Marianne Howanitz about Your Wrongful Death Claim
Losing a loved one in an accident is one of the greatest tragedies anyone can endure. However, it is precisely because of the toll a wrongful death takes that Ms. Howanitz is so passionate about helping spouses and next of kin fight for just compensation. If someone else is to blame for your family member’s death, we want to represent you in holding them accountable and obtaining the largest possible settlement or verdict for your loss. While no amount of money can undo what’s been done, if you are entitled to compensation under Florida law, you should stand up for your rights. Please contact our Ocala wrongful death lawyers today for a free consultation.