Gainesville Wrongful Death Attorneys
Would you know what to do if a family member was accidentally killed?
If the answer is no, you're probably not alone. Surviving family members are already emotionally confused following a loss, and Florida's wrongful death laws are complex and complicated. When a loved one dies due to the negligent, careless or reckless actions of another person or entity, certain surviving family members to the deceased are permitted to seek recovery of certain damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. A legitimate case can come from a variety of accidents to include workplace injuries, vehicular accidents, dangerous premises, defective products, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, an airplane crash or pool drowning.
At Schackow & Mercadante, our wrongful death lawyers can seek compensation for certain surviving family members for the recovery of:
- Funeral Expenses
- Medical Expenses
- Pain & Suffering Prior to Death
- Loss of Income & Future Earnings
- Loss of Companionship & Consortium
- Loss of Inheritance & Benefits
Accident Victim Claims Gainesville
Florida's Wrongful Death Act outlines how surviving spouses, parents and children are deemed eligible for compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. Following the death of an immediate family member, an executor or administrator of the decedent's estate (typically a family member) may hire an attorney to document a claim and seek restitution for damages. Under Florida law, there are several exclusions where the surviving family members cannot seek compensation if there is a surviving spouse. In cases where a decedent had an active personal injury claim at the time of their death (and died of non-related causes), the existing legal action survives their death and can be pursued for the deceased's estate. If you have experienced the loss of a loved one, call us toll free at 1-877-798-7700 to discuss your options.
DISCLAIMER: This website does not seek to nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. The content is provided "as is" and should not be construed as legal advice on any matter of personal injury or wrongful death. Victims in and around Gainesville, FL should seek immediate legal counsel following any serious accident or injury.
The Law Offices of Schackow & Mercadante, P.A. proudly serve the Central / North Florida residents of Gainesville, Lake City, Palatka and Ocala.
— Brent Russell
Caring Individuals, Unbridled Drive to Represent Our Interests, and Extraordinary Expertise are a handful of the terms I would use to share our perspective of this astonishing group of professionals. In our view, the success of our case depended upon a Team that were unafraid of a complex and convoluted situation leading to significant damages that had severely turned our lives upside down. To be successful, the Team that would have to heavily invest time and resources to dig through the nitty-gritty details with the very best medical personnel in order to assemble the basis for our case that was anything but simple. Strong leadership within the Team was essential, relentless pursuit of the facts, and non-stop caring for our Family from start to finish. Schackow and Mercadente, P.A. delivered success because of the strength and dedication of their Team. We are eternally grateful for their time, the expertise, and strength of "caring" they demonstrated without hesitation. Lynn, Jerry, and Brian Schackow worked together in a seamless manner to represent our interests and deliver a highly successful outcome. I know they were supported by a team that worked like Bulldogs behind the scenes to collect and document the information that led to our Team's success. We are eternally grateful to Schackow and Mercadante, P.A. for all they did to help put our lives back together. Our very best decision was our very first decision, hire Lynn at Schackow and Mercadente, P.A. Thank you for all you did on our behalf...we will always remember your being there in our time of need.