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What Damages Can Be Compensated In a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

What Damages Can Be Compensated In a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Coping with the loss of a loved one is one of the most challenging things we could ever do—especially if their death was preventable. If you lost a loved one in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you have the right to see compensation for their loss. The Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorneys at Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. offer free consultations so that families can receive the guidance they need during this challenging moment.

What Does Florida Consider a Wrongful Death?

Florida states that when a person’s death is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract of another person, family members can bring a civil lawsuit in Florida’s courts. Since wrongful death cases are civil claims, they can only be brought to the court by the family and not the government. A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit helps family members receive compensation for their loss. Although the monetary compensation won’t bring back your loved one, it can help you cover related expenses and support your family, so that you can grieve without worrying about your financial stability.

Damages in Florida Wrongful Death Cases

Every wrongful death claim is different, so it is dependent on the facts and circumstances of the case, in addition to who files the lawsuit. Wrongful death claims are expressed solely in terms of money damages. Although a criminal case can be ongoing, a wrongful death claim ultimately addresses different concerns.

Damages that surviving family members may receive include the following:

  • Support & Services: you may receive the value of support and services your loved one had provided to you and your family member. This may include lost income or benefits.
  • Loss of Companionships: you can receive compensation for loss of companionship, guidance, and protection.
  • Pain & Suffering: You can get compensated for the mental and emotional distress caused by the loss of your loved one.
  • Medical & Funeral Expenses: the medical and funeral expenses you have to pay after the loss of your loved one can also be compensated.

Lost a Loved One? Call Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Today!

No amount of money will bring back your loved one or erase the pain you and your family are suffering. It can, however, provide you with the financial support you need during this challenging time. The parties responsible for the loss of your loved one should also be held liable for their negligent behavior. Filing a wrongful death claim may also prevent others from experiencing the same issue. The Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorneys give you one-on-one attention to every one of our clients, and we personalize every case based on our client’s needs.

Contact our Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorneys today at (954) 543-1788 to schedule an appointment.


Our Victories

  • Not Guilty, Acquitted at Trial Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Outcome: Client was alleged to have used his vehicle to strike victim, and there was video of the incident which could have been interpreted to actually show the crime. The state was offering significant prison time before trial. By meticulous planning and strategic cross-examination to expose the motives and fabrications by the alleged victim, and an eyewitness in support of the alleged victim, Rudenberg & Glasser convinced a jury to acquit the client and avoid a mandatory long prison sentence.

  • Domestic Violence
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser went to trial and were able to show during cross-examination that the alleged victim was the aggressor and that the client acted in self-defense. The jury returned a not guilty verdict almost immediately following trial.
  • Domestic Violence With 911 Call and Pictures
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser took the case to trial after fleshing out inconsistencies in the alleged victim's account. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty and the client's unblemished record was preserved.
  • False Arrest

    Outcome: Attorney Glasser was able to show with video footage that his client did not commit the alleged offense and furthermore, the police officer who ordered his arrest was negligent in his investigation and improperly supervised.

    Read more about this story on the Sun Sentinel.

  • Probation Only Federal Conspiracy to Commit Mail & Wire Fraud

    Outcome: Through compelling sentencing memorandum and passionate oral argument, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to convince the federal court judge to sentence their client to treatment for substance abuse, and no incarceration, even though the client had a lengthy criminal history and the Government was seeking prison time.

  • Felony DUI: Client was in an Accident and Left the Scene
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser filed a compelling motion to suppress evidence based on law enforcement's actions during the investigation. Rudenberg & Glasser were able to persuade the prosecutor prior to the motion to suppress hearing that the charge should be broken down from a felony to a misdemeanor and the client was offered probation instead of the previously sought prison sentence.
  • Final Injunction Hearing
    Outcome: Client desperately needed to avoid a final injunction on his record. Rudenberg & Glasser defended him at the hearing and proved that the Petitioner was not in fear for her safety. The judge dismissed the injunction.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Resisting Police Officer Without Violence
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg presented evidence that the police officer’s version of events was not credible, and that accusations were made to justify excessive use of force by police officer. Jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than five minutes.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanors: DUI & Possession of Cannabis
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg won a motion arguing the DUI checkpoint was conducted in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the Judge entered an order suppressing all evidence. Case was dropped by the State, and client avoided a mandatory conviction for DUI, as well as mandatory fines and license suspensions.
  • $250,000 Pre-Trial Personal Injury

    Outcome: Client was injured by a malfunctioning door, requiring stitches and leaving a scar on client's knee. There were limited medical bills and no surgeries, but through extremely challenging and successful negotiations, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to secure a settlement of $250,000.

What Our Clients Are Saying

We go above and beyond to be there for clients to provide them with the best outcome possible.
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    John J.

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    DUI Client

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  • “I don’t usually post reviews but I had to make an exception in this case. Mike and everyone at the office were beyond helpful. Went to court twice once to find out my charges the last to find out everything was dropped. I couldn’t have asked for a more pro”


  • “Proved to be the best legal team there is! They not only helped me avoid jail time, but got my probation terminated the same day!”

    Dallas B.

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