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Panama City Wrongful Death Attorney

Compassionate & Aggressive Legal Representation for Grieving Families

When a loved one dies, the grief can be overwhelming. When the death was caused by negligence, the emotional pain is often compounded by a sense of injustice.

At Perry & Young, we understand that no amount of money can ever compensate you for the loss of someone you love. However, we also believe that you should not have to suffer financial hardship due to someone else’s negligence.

Our Panama City wrongful death lawyers are here to help. We have a proven track record of success and are prepared to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.


Call (850) 215-7777 or contact us online for a free consultation.


What is Wrongful Death?

In the state of Florida, a wrongful death is defined as one that is caused by the “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract” of another party. In other words, if an individual, company, or entity causes a fatal accident due to their own careless, reckless, or wrongful actions, they can be held liable for the victim’s death. This means that the at-fault party can be required to pay financial compensation to the victim’s surviving family members.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Florida?

In Florida, only certain individuals are eligible to file a wrongful death claim. Specifically, only the personal representative of the deceased’s estate can file a lawsuit. This individual is typically named in the deceased’s will or estate plan. If the deceased did not name a personal representative, the court may appoint one. The personal representative is responsible for filing the lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s surviving family members.

In Florida, the following individuals may be eligible to receive compensation in a wrongful death claim:

  • The deceased’s spouse
  • The deceased’s children
  • The deceased’s parents
  • The deceased’s other blood relatives who were at least partially dependent on him or her for support

If there are no surviving family members who are eligible to receive compensation, the court may award financial damages to the deceased’s estate.

How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Florida?

In the state of Florida, there is a time limit for filing a wrongful death claim. This is known as the “statute of limitations.” Under Florida law, the statute of limitations for wrongful death is two years from the date of the victim’s death. In some cases, the statute of limitations may be “tolled,” or extended, for a period of time.

For example, the statute of limitations may be tolled if:

  • The personal representative of the deceased’s estate was not aware of the cause of the death
  • The personal representative of the deceased’s estate was not aware that the death was caused by the negligence or wrongful actions of another party

It is important to consult with an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Panama City as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss the filing deadline.

What Types of Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Claim?

At Perry & Young, P.A., our Panama City wrongful death attorneys know that no amount of compensation can ever make up for the loss of someone you love. However, a successful wrongful death claim can help you recover the financial resources you need to pay for medical bills, funeral costs, and lost wages. It can also provide you with a sense of justice and closure.

Surviving family members may be eligible to recover compensation for:

  • Medical bills for the deceased’s final injury or illness
  • Funeral and burial/memorial service expenses
  • The value of the deceased’s lost support and services
  • The value of the deceased’s lost companionship and protection
  • Mental/emotional pain and suffering
  • Lost income, benefits, and other forms of financial support
  • Lost inheritance

In some cases, the court may also award “punitive damages.” These are intended to punish the at-fault party for especially egregious or wrongful conduct. Punitive damages are not available in all wrongful death cases.

How Can a Panama City Wrongful Death Lawyer Help My Family?

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident caused by the negligence or wrongful actions of another person or party, you must consult with an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Panama City as soon as possible. At Perry & Young, we understand how devastating and life-changing a fatal accident can be. Our team is here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide you with the compassionate, personalized legal representation you deserve.

When you choose our firm, you get:

  • Compassionate, personalized legal guidance: We understand that every case is unique. We take the time to listen to your story and understand your goals so we can tailor our approach to your specific needs.
  • Aggressive, results-driven advocacy: We are not afraid to stand up to major insurance companies and corporations on your behalf. Our lawyers are highly skilled trial attorneys who know how to win in court.
  • Regular, open communication: We provide all our clients with our personal cell phone numbers and email addresses. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns.

Call us at (850) 215-7777 or submit an online contact form today to request a free, no-obligation consultation.


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