Wrongful Death

Since 1988, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen has represented families who have lost loved ones to someone else's negligent actions. Our firm has a proven track record of success, winning millions of dollars in rightful compensation for our clients.

Coral Gables Wrongful Death Lawyers

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The loss of a loved one can be devastating. In the wake of such a tragedy, you may be unsure of where to turn.

If your loved one was killed due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another person or entity, you are owed compensation for your loss. At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, our Coral Gables wrongful death lawyers can help you seek just compensation for your family's loss. We can help you fight for the justice your family deserves.

For a free consultation with our wrongful death attorneys, call (866) 629-1061 or submit an online request form.

What is Wrongful Death

According to Florida law, wrongful death refers to a civil action that arises when a person's death is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of another party. The Florida Wrongful Death Act, found in Chapter 768 of the Florida Statutes, provides a legal framework for pursuing compensation for the wrongful death of an individual.

Under Florida law, surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim if the death was caused by:

  • Car accidents

  • Truck accidents

  • Motorcycle accidents

  • Premises liability

  • Slip and falls

  • Medical malpractice

  • Workplace accidents

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Florida?

Under Florida law, a wrongful death claim can be brought by the personal representative of the deceased person's estate on behalf of the surviving family members who have suffered damages as a result of the death. Surviving family members may include the decedent's spouse, children, parents, and other dependent relatives.

To establish a wrongful death claim in Florida, the following elements must typically be proven:

  • Duty of care: The defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased person. This duty may arise from a legal obligation, such as in a medical malpractice case, or from a general duty to exercise reasonable care.

  • Breach of duty: The defendant breached their duty of care by acting negligently, recklessly, or engaging in wrongful conduct that led to the death.

  • Causation: The defendant's breach of duty was the direct cause of the decedent's death.

  • Damages: The surviving family members have suffered measurable damages as a result of the death. Damages may include loss of financial support, loss of companionship, mental anguish, and medical and funeral expenses.

In Florida, you have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim. If the wrongful death was caused by a crime, you have two years from the date of the crime to file a claim.

What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim?

In a wrongful death claim, surviving family members can seek compensation for all of their losses. The goal of a wrongful death claim is to provide financial support to the family members who were left behind.

At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, our Coral Gables wrongful death attorneys can help you seek compensation for all of your family's losses, including:

  • Medical expenses

  • Funeral costs

  • Lost wages

  • Loss of companionship and support

  • Loss of inheritance

  • Mental anguish

  • Pain and suffering

  • And more

The amount of compensation you can recover will depend on the circumstances of your case. If the deceased was the family's primary breadwinner, for example, the surviving family members will likely need financial support. In such a case, the surviving family members can seek compensation for the loss of income, loss of future earnings, and other financial losses. If the deceased was not the primary breadwinner, the surviving family members can still seek compensation for their loss of companionship and support. In such a case, the surviving family members can seek compensation for their loss of the deceased's companionship and support.

Do not hesitate to contact Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen today at (866) 629-1061 to let us help you through this difficult time.

A Legacy of Compassion & Excellence

Working With Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen
  • Changing Lives by Changing The Law

    Since our firm opened, we've made it our mission to get justice for our clients and their families. We've not only taken on cases that other firms had turned down, but we've also fought to get unjust laws and restrictions overturned or modified.

  • A Team of Legal Professionals

    Complex legal cases require extensive research, trial experience, and industry knowledge, which is why we always have a team of attorneys working on every case we take on. Our team-centric approach to litigation means that we're able to really focus on getting our clients the best possible outcome.

  • There Are No Upfront Legal Fees

    We handle all of our claims on a contingency fee basis and will handle all legal fees, court costs, and expert fees related to your specific case. With decades of experience in this industry, we have a wealth of experts we work with routinely to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care.

  • We Understand the Medicine

    Our attorneys not only take the time to understand the evidence in your case, but also the pathology and medical techniques used in your specific situation. We believe that any attorney that takes on these types of cases needs to be on equal footing with medical professionals and physicians. 


Millions Recovered on Behalf of Our Clients
  • Medical Malpractice Eight-Figure Settlement Achieved for Family Involved in a Medical Malpractice Case
  • Medical Malpractice Eight-Figure Settlement for Failure to Timely Treat a Heart Attack

    After successfully opening and stenting a 53-year-old man's blocked artery, while in the recovery room, the patient suffered another heart attack, but this time it took medical staff nearly 90 minutes to get him back to the catheterization lab. Due to the delay, his heart stopped. He was revived in the operating room, but he suffered a hypoxic brain injury, causing massive brain damage.

  • Medical Malpractice Eight-Figure Settlement for Victim of Nursing Medical Malpractice

    A middle-aged woman was in a hospital recovering from a brain aneurysm. While recovering in her hospital room, she grew agitated and began pulling on the tracheostomy tube connected to her neck. The nurse on duty documented that she was pulling at her tubes six different times in 24 hours, and yet did nothing to prevent her from being able to dismantle the tubes.

  • Hotel & Resort Liability Eight-Figure Settlement in Premises Liability Case

    A Massachusetts man was visiting Key West, Fla. for vacation. During his time at a resort restaurant and bar, the tourist jumped into the water adjacent to the property and severely injured his neck, leaving him quadriplegic.

  • Florida International University Pedestrian Bridge Collapse $100,000,000
  • Judgment on Behalf of Miami Doctor $1,750,000

    A $1.75 million vehicle collision judgment in Volusia County on behalf of a Miami doctor who was permanently injured as a result of an automobile accident.

  • Jury Verdict Against the University of Florida $23,500,000

    A $23.5 million medical malpractice jury verdict against the University of Florida on behalf of a woman who suffered a massive stroke when a medical procedure to ease her migraines went wrong.

  • Jury Verdict Against Vision Air $5,000,000

    A Multidistrict and Class Action Litigation jury verdict in Nevada federal court against Vision Airlines to recover unpaid hazard pay on behalf of the pilots and flight attendants who operated Vision’s Air Bridge into the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Jury Verdict for Palm Beach County Residents $19,000,000

    A Multidistrict and Class Action Litigation jury verdict on behalf of residents of Palm Beach County, Florida, whose citrus trees were cut down by the state as part of its program directed toward the elimination of citrus canker.

  • Jury Verdict on Behalf of a Former Major League Baseball Star $898,000

    A medical malpractice jury verdict on behalf of a former Major League Baseball star against an ophthalmologist for negligence in the removal of a cataract and implantation of an artificial lens in our client’s left eye.

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