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Wrongful Death


Gainesville Wrongful Death Attorney

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The loss of a loved one is difficult no matter what the cause. However, an unexpected death caused by the negligent actions of another is all the more heartbreaking. The experienced Gainesville Wrongful Death attorneys, of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., have witnessed, far too often, the devastation that occurs following the tragic fatality of a family member or spouse.

We believe that your loved one would want you to seek justice and the compensation deserved for your loss. They would want you treated with respect and compassion. They would want their life celebrated for its full value, and for justice to be obtained against the person who took them from you.

Our attorneys make it their personal goal to put the maximum amount of money into your hands and seek out every possible source of funds to accomplish this goal. We will also take the appropriate steps to maximize the insurance company’s “perceived” value of your loved one’s life. Insurance companies will do their best to de-value the financial worth of your loved one. With tough and aggressive representation such insurance company tactics can be kept to a minimum.

The wrongful death attorneys, at the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., represent clients not only in Gainesville Florida, but all throughout North Central Florida (Ocala, Alachua, Newberry, Micanopy, Lake City, and others).

Just a few of the types of Wrongful Death cases are:

A wrongful death action is a unique type of action, included under the broader category of personal injury, which allows certain family members of the deceased to seek recovery for the loss of their loved one. Most states, Florida included, have their own laws which govern wrongful death actions. Pursuant to Florida Statute § 768.19, commonly referred to as the Florida Wrongful Death Act:

When the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of any person, including those occurring on navigable waters, and the event would have entitled the person injured to maintain an action and recover damages if death had not ensued, the person or watercraft that would have been liable in damages if death had not ensued shall be liable for damages as specified in this act notwithstanding the death of the person injured, although death was caused under circumstances constituting a felony.

As provided by statute, recovery for damages may be available, whether the fatality was a result of civil negligence, criminal negligence, or a combination of both. Common examples of wrongful death actions include accidents involving motorists, pedestrians, or bicyclists. An action may also be brought against a nursing home, hospital, or doctor for matters involving abuse, neglect, medical malpractice, or other wrongful acts. Workplace accidents and boating accidents are additional types of wrongful death actions. In other cases, recovery for wrongful death may be sought where a consumer was killed as a result of a defective product, or where a product failed to provide appropriate instruction or warning.

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The examples of wrongful death actions provided herein, do not encompass an exhaustive list. Rather, there are a multitude of scenarios that may occur which can entitle the family of the deceased to recovery. A Florida wrongful death attorney can evaluate your matter and discuss your legal rights and options. You may have questions regarding which family member(s) may recover, as well as which types of losses may be recovered. For more information on your rights to recovery, see Florida Wrongful Death Act: Right to Action & Recovery.

Aside from damages for harm associated with psychological, mental and emotional trauma, there are immediate concerns such as funeral expenses, financial support for your family, and handling life insurance policy claims. That is why our wrongful death attorneys offer clients free assistance with life insurance claim applications, in addition to representation for your wrongful death action.

Our dedicated team of Wrongful Death Attorneys make it our goal to put the maximum amount of money into your hands, through seeking out all potential sources of funds. With more than 20 years of combined experience, the Gainesville Wrongful Death Lawyers of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., possess the experience and compassion to understand that you are going through an immensely difficult time. If you suspect that you loved one was killed as a result of the negligence of another, it is imperative that you seek legal consultation, as soon as possible following the incident. There may be time limits associated with the rights to recover for your losses.