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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: Does someone have grounds for medical malpractice if the cause of death was not caused by surgery?

The patient had foot surgery, was in a care facility where they were supposed to have physical therapy and heal, stayed longer because of podiatrist's orders, wasn't until patient was taken to next podiatrist appointment that the doctor noticed she wasn't well and they called... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 23, 2024

A Florida attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm very sorry for the loss of the patient. Based on the brief post, attorneys here could agree with you that closer observation could have been a factor. But the most definitive way to answer your question... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: My case was dismissed without prejudice due to my lawyer, not responding to a judges request. Can I still reopen?

My lawyer, apparently did not have to credentials to practice where my case was moved. The judge asked for an amended summary, even gave an extension. My lawyer never replied. It was dropped without prejudiced. Finally getting a hold of my lawyer. He simply said he hadn’t had a case there in... View More

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

If your case was dismissed without prejudice, you generally have the opportunity to refile it. A dismissal without prejudice means the court has closed the case, but your right to bring the matter before the court again is not barred. This is distinct from a dismissal with prejudice, which would... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: My husband died while he was in county jail from a drug overdose. Do I stand a chance fileing a wrongful death lawsuit?
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Sep 9, 2023

Yes. If the overdose was by medical staff, it's a potential wrongful death claim based on malpractice. If an illegal drug voluntarily taken, it's a potential wrongful death claim based on negligent supervision, but the claim would face some hurdles. If malpractice, consult a lawyer... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: Can non dependent siblings sue for wrongful death in Florida if the other possible recipients are deceased or estranged?

Deceased was mentally disabled and on SSD prior to accident. It was a motor vehicle accident that caused his death, he was a pedestrian.

James Clifton
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James Clifton
answered on Jun 18, 2023

Sorry to hear about your loss, the personal representative appointed by the probate court is the person who will bring the wrongful death lawsuit. A non-dependent sibling can qualify to bring the wrongful death lawsuit and recover damages on behalf of the qualifying family members and the estate.... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: My nephew was killed in a train accident in Florida his sole surviros are his dad and mom. HIS dad is in prison

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed is his dad entitled to half the payout in the lawsuit?

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Mar 14, 2023

Sorry to hear that. Being in prison should not disqualify the father from receiving his fair share, assuming his parental rights have not been terminated, but his fair share is not automatically half. His relationship to his late son is one of the factors to be evaluated.

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1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death, Elder Law and Medical Malpractice for Florida on
Q: how can i help my lawyer get health records from a small living facility that wont give up my deceased fathers records.

it has been a year now. my father was only in her facility for one month. lawyer says they can not subpoena the owner because we are not in litigation. What can i do to help my lawyer retrieve the records.

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jan 23, 2023

I hope you get a useful answer on this forum, but if don't, the type of lawyer you need to look for to obtain another opinion depends on the reason you wish to obtain the records. If you suspect medical malpractice, contact a lawyer specializing in that area. If you want the records for some... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Nursing Home Abuse and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: Who in the state of Florida can file a nursing home neglect case for a parent who has passed away

The parent had 4 children from 4 different mothers but all except for one was a minor. And the minor child was receiving social security from the dad and also child support from him as well

Pamela J. Fero
Pamela J. Fero
answered on Jan 20, 2023

If a loved one has passed away due to neglect or abuse in a nursing home, their appointed representative or next of kin may have the right to file a Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawsuit. If the deceased appointed a representative in their will, that person can take legal action on their behalf.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: On December 22nd 2022 my dog was hit and killed by an Amazon driver on my property,Amazon left and never said anything.

Amazon driver dropped off a package roughly in between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. and upon leaving struck my dog with the vehicle. And left my property without saying anything or contacting amazon. When I came back to my property minutes later my neighbor informed me that Amazon delivered a package and I... View More

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Dec 28, 2022

Sorry to hear about the loss of your pet. I have a dog, too, and can imagine your pain. If the death was accidentally caused (that, is caused by ordinary negligence), you likely have four years from the accident date to take legal action to recover (A) the fair market value of your dog at the age... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: husband died at work I hired firm all info on the case/firm were destroyed. How can I find case info again

The company he worked for was bright future electric in Bradenton Florida his name was Ezra gross he died on 11/10/23 my name is Amy gross my birthday is 7/12/78 I have no idea what the law firms name was the only thing I can barely remember is I think they were based out of Miami area

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Mar 17, 2024

Contact the clerk of court for the county where the case was filed and ask for information concerning the case (probably your name vs. Bright Future Electric).

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Probate and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: Do a settlement check for a nonrelated PI case injury of the decedent's death have to pass through the estate to be paid

PI case not related to the decedent's death was settled by the legal rep as an individual and the settlement check was made payable to the Legal Rep as an individual the plaintiff's attorney to be disbursed. So does the settlement check have to go through the estate if the personal injury... View More

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Dec 5, 2023

Yes. The money is the property of the estate.

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: If I decide to get an abortion, Can I sue the doctor or facility in the event of injury to my body or if I died?
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jun 28, 2022

Abortion care and any other kind of medical care must meet certain professional standards. If there is negligent conduct that is deemed to fall below those professional standards, and the negligent conduct is determined to be the cause of injury or death, there would be a potential medical... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: Can I sue the hospital for medical negligence due to the sudden death of my mother-in-law who had Covid -19?

My 70-year-old mother-in-law passed away unexpectedly earlier this year after being admitted to our local hospital twice within a week. At the time of her passing, she was suffering from COPD, had a heart stent, was on long-term opioid for more than 30 years among other health problems. In the last... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 9, 2022

This is something a Florida attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for four weeks. I'm very sorry for your family's loss and the ordeal your mother-in-law went through. As a general observation, the matter could have elements that make for a difficult case. Hospital... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: In florida can I request an autopsy of my mother since I'm next of kin. There are legal reasons behind the matter

My mother was brutally beaten by her husband now ex. This took place less than a year ago. My mother was very healthy until he had beaten her and she was hospitalized. She had neurological damage, bleeding of the brain etc. I want to have an autopsy done to find the cause of death so that if it was... View More

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Mar 8, 2022

First, I would file a police report with the local agency who investigated the assault to put them on notice that your mother has died and you believe that it was caused by the first assault. There is a year and a day rule that most jurisdictions follow that establish that if a death occurs within... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Federal Crimes, Government Contracts and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: What is the best way to find/establish a lawful team to sue a prison for negligence, wrongful death, & other violations?

Prison Location: North Carolina

My Location: Florida

Relation to deceased: Daughter

Date of Death: 10/18/2020

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Dec 12, 2021

So sorry to hear about your daughter. Since this happened in North Carolina, you must search for an attorney in that state. Look for attorneys handling civil rights. Options: (A) Click on the Justia find-a-lawyer tab up top; (B) Search the National Lawyers Guild site at... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: My father is in ICU in Orlando FL due to covid. He has been in ICU and on a ventilator since 8/28. He has a DNR, but n

But no living will or advance directive. They took him off sedation 3 days ago, and have called us to tell us he has lesions on his brain and that they “believe” he’s brain dead. But when asked the doctor cannot say for certain he sees brain damage. Today is Sunday 9/26. They want us to agree... View More

Linda Liang
Linda Liang
answered on Sep 27, 2021

It depends on whether your father designated health care surrogate or proxy. If he did not, the law provides a pecking order of person to make decision on his behalf. The first on the order is court appointed person, followed by the spouse. If you have reason to believe that your step mother is not... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: How get charged murder if was if was beat death

How shoot gun knocked out

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jun 18, 2021

Your inquiry is not understandable. Perhaps you should get someone to help you type your question.

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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Wrongful Death, Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice for Florida on
Q: A doctor at Memorial hospital discharged my aunt in worse condition. Prepaid cemetery plot is no longer available.

The only reason why we didn't push for my aunt to be transferred to another hospital was that multiple administrative members assured us that the doctor who discharged my aunt would no longer be assigned to her. 3 days later her heart stops and is in ICU, we then find out that same doctor who... View More

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jun 16, 2021

You have asked two entirely different questions:

1) If your aunt suffered damages because of how the doctor or hospital treated her, you might want to consult an attorney who practices in that area.

2) You might also want your attorney to review the contract between your family...
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1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: HOA - No liability insurance / money / road maintenance. Negligence accident on road - property owners liable?

October 1981 Subdivision recorded. Private Roads. Plat dedicates use of roads to Property Owners. No language on plat transferring Developer road interests to anyone. No HOA mentioned on record plat. Separate "Declaration of Restrictions" filed by Developer in Public Records several days... View More

Barbara Billiot Stage
Barbara Billiot Stage
answered on Apr 12, 2021

Generally, if the roads are private roads dedicated to the owners, the owners would be equally and severally liable, meaning any judgment would be paid by the one or ones who are able to pay. A judgment would be against every owner and if not paid, a lien against each property. Your neighbors... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death, DUI / DWI and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: As a home owner, can I be held liable if someone in my home drinks then drives intoxicated and hurts or kills someone?

I live in Florida. This person is a relative 27 y/o and resides with me. On more than one occasion they have arrived home and passed out behind the wheel. I need to protect the rest of my family.

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answered on Apr 12, 2021

Can you be sued? Yes. Will the suit be successful for a wrongful death claim against YOU? Probably not. Is the relative covered on your auto insurance policy? An injured party may go after your homeowners policy, but I don't know how successful that would be.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: Can my a family member sue a pharmaceutical company over the death of a loved one?

My stepmother was prescribed xenazine, for treatment of Huntington disease. Xenazine has the known side effects of depression and suicidal thoughts. My step mom was never depressed or suicidal before taking this treatment. 4 years ago, she committed suicide at home.

Is it probable to ask... View More

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Apr 11, 2021

Arising from the situation you describe are potential product liability and medical malpractice claims. However, you may have a statute of limitations problem. Not sure which State you are referencing, as you are writing to Fla. attorneys on Justia, but you are writing from Birmingham, Alabama.... View More

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