A legal cause of action for wrongful death may exist when a person dies from the negligence of another. Potential beneficiaries include, but are not limited to: surviving spouse, children and/or parents. Such a situation may arise in a number of different contexts; car accidents, bus accidents, machinery accidents, construction accidents, motorcycle accidents, All Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s) accidents, bicycle accidents, diving accidents, pedestrian accidents, boating accidents, swimming pool accidents, truck accidents, tractor-trailer accidents and aviation accidents.

The following are types of damages which could be available under Florida law:

  1. Sorrow, mental anguish, and loss of solace, which includes loss of society, companionship, comfort and guidance
  2. Any reasonably expected loss in income of the decedent suffered by the survivors/beneficiaries, as well as net accumulations of the decedent
  3. Any reasonably expected loss of services, protection, care and/or assistance which the decedent provided to the survivors/beneficiaries
  4. Expenses for the care, treatment, and hospitalization of the decedent incident to the injury resulting in death
  5. Reasonable funeral expenses.

Under the difficult emotional circumstances of these cases, our attorneys strive to be sensitive to the losses of our clients while working vigorously in their representation.


$ 2,750,000 Verdict

Awarded to parents of a 31 year-old single female who perished on board an American Airline airplane that crashed against a mountain range near Cali, Colombia. Federal Southern District Court of Florida.

$ 2,350,000 Settlement

Awarded to a mother of 36 year-old single male who was bicycling at night along U.S.1 and was struck and killed by an 18 wheeler. Miami Dade Circuit Court.

$ 2,250,000 Settlement

Georgia Hospital/Physician diagnosed a non-emergent cardiological condition, scheduled surgery for 2 weeks later and discharged patient who tragically died at home the next day due to a missed diagnosis involving a life threatening, emergency cardiological condition. Rick Dolan co-counseled with Georgia counsel and negotiated a pre-suit settlement for surviving family members.

$ 540,000 Settlement

Mother, passenger in SUV, was tragically killed when SUV struck disengaged tractor-trailer tire on highway. Partial settlement obtained from tire repair company which tendered $1,000,000 policy at 2012 mediation. $1,000,000 policy was divided amongst Personal Representative (for surviving children) and two separately represented, injured passengers in SUV rollover. Litigation in process against other parties.

*The facts and circumstances of your case may differ from the matters in which past results and testimonials have been provided. All past results of cases handled by the Firm are not provided and not all clients have given testimonials. The past results and testimonials provided are not necessarily representative of past results obtained by the Firm or of the experience of all clients or others with the Firm. Every case is different, and each client’s case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits.




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