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Wrongful Death

What is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is when the negligence or misconduct of another causes someone’s death. Wrongful death can result from an auto accident, premise liability, on-the-job accident, or medical malpractice.

While there may be a criminal law component in the prosecution of someone who caused the death of another, a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil case between the family of the deceased and the individual responsible for their death.

Was your loved one killed in an accident caused by another person’s negligence or misconduct?

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Who can sue in a wrongful death case?

It’s vital to understand Florida law and wrongful death lawsuits. In Florida, the only person who can file a wrongful death lawsuit is the personal representative (what many other states refer to as an Executor) of the individual’s estate. The personal representative is selected by either the decedent in their will, or if the decedent died without a will, the Court will appoint a personal representative, usually a family member, based on certain statutory criteria.  

A personal representative is the only person who can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the Estate as well as eligible surviving family members and dependents. Occasionally, other surviving heirs and the appointed personal representative may disagree over whether to pursue a wrongful death claim. In those cases, it may be necessary for the other heirs to file a petition with the probate court to direct the personal representative to file a wrongful death lawsuit.  

In a wrongful death claim, some, but not all compensation is paid directly to the estate. Some compensation is paid directly to the surviving family members and dependents of the deceased. What portion of the settlement goes to each surviving family member depends on a number of different factors.  

Additionally, the personal representative has a legal obligation to name every survivor who would have any legal claim to a portion of any settlement proceeds prior to the proceeds being distributed. Failure to do so can result in that personal representative becoming liable to those unnamed beneficiaries for any settlement proceeds to which they were otherwise entitled to.  

For these and many other reasons, it is extremely important for any personal representative or surviving family members who believe their loved one has passed away as a result of the careless, reckless, or intentional acts of another to discuss the facts of their potential claim with an experienced wrongful death attorney.  

We will always put you first and fight for justice if we believe you have a case.  

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Meet Our Attorneys

Daniel J. Glassman

Daniel J. Glassman

Personal Injury Super Lawyer, 2013-2014

(352) 505-4515 Dan@PutClientsFirst.com

AREAS OF PRACTICE 

  • Wrongful Death
  • Car Accidents
  • Personal Injury

ABOUT DAN 
Since 1995 Dan has spent his entire legal career protecting the rights and interests of individuals who have suffered serious injury and loss.

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Nick Zissimopulos

Nick Zissimopulos

Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law

(352) 505-4515 Nick@PutClientsFirst.com

AREAS OF PRACTICE 

  • Wrongful Death
  • Car Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense

ABOUT NICK
Nick is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar. He practices in both State and Federal courts in Florida.

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John J. Kelly

John J. Kelly

Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Family Law

(352) 505-4515 John@PutClientsFirst.com

AREAS OF PRACTICE 

  • Criminal 
  • Personal Injury
  • Family Law

ABOUT JOHN

In prosecuting more than a thousand criminal cases in the Alachua County Office, John has obtained extensive knowledge of the rules, policies, and procedures used by the State in Gainesville, FL, and surrounding areas.

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Paul B. Brockway

Paul B. Brockway

Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist

(352) 505-4515  Paul@PutClientsFirst.com

AREAS OF PRACTICE 

  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Trial (Board Certified)
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

ABOUT PAUL

Paul B. Brockway became a Criminal Prosecutor starting in 1987, also Civil Litigation, Civil Trial Attorney, Wrongful Death from 1997 to present.

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Jesse Smith

Jesse Smith

Criminal and Civil Litigation

(352) 505-4515 Jesse@PutClientsFirst.com

AREAS OF PRACTICE 

  • Criminal 
  • Personal Injury 
  • Administrative
  • Appellate Employment

ABOUT JESSE
Member of the Florida Bar Association since  2007. Jesse Smith joined the firm of Glassman & Zissimopulos after a diverse legal career in the public and private sectors.

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