I have been a member of the Orlando community, practicing law for over 35 years. I’ve spent my career helping families that have lost loved one, recover medical, funeral and burial expenses, loss earnings and for their mental pain and suffering, loss of companionship and guidance. I will personally handle your case from start to finish. I do not delegate your case to a junior attorney.
You can feel confident that my personal and practiced approach will give you a strong voice and protect your rights.
Insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind and will often work to limit the amount of money they have to pay out to accident victim’s families. Do not talk to the insurance company or sign anything, since you don’t know the true value of your case and may be entitled to a lot more than the insurance company is offering.
Florida law proves specific damages to a deceased’s survivors.
“Survivors” who are entitled to damages are typically the decedent’s spouse, children, parents and any blood relative. A personal representative of the deceased’s estate is typically appointed to bring the damage claim on behalf of the survivors.
Each survivor may recover the value of loss of support and services of the deceased in the past and future loss of support and services. The surviving spouse may recover for loss of the decedent’s companionship and protection and for mental pain and suffering.
Minor children for purposes of the wrongful death statute are defined as children less than 25 years of age. Minor children may recover for loss parental companionship, instruction, and guidance and for mental pain and suffering. Each parent of a deceased minor child may also recover for mental pain and suffering. Each parent of an “adult” child may also recover for mental pain and suffering, if there are no other survivors. Medical and/or funeral expenses are also recoverable.
The decedent’s estate may also recover for the loss of earnings and loss of prospective net accumulations.
“Support” is defined as contributions in kind as well as money that survivors are entitled to recover for.
“Services” is defined as tasks, usually of a household nature that will be an expense to the survivor that the survivors are entitled to recover for. “Net accumulations” is defined as the part of the decedent’s expected net business or salary income, including pensions that the decedent probably would have retained as savings and left as part of his or her estate had they lived a normal life expectancy. “Life expectancy” is the average number of years determined by government statistics a person of that age would be expected to live.
Types of Wrongful Death:
Wrongful death can involve car accidents, motorcycle accidents, falls, medical negligence and other types of accidents. If a claim cannot be settled with the at-fault party’s insurance company then a lawsuit can be filed to recover damages for the survivors. If the claim is not settled during litigation then a jury of six (6) people decide the claim of fault and damages the survivors may be entitled to.
Mr. Ayers has for 35 years settled and tried numerous wrongful death claims throughout Florida involving pedestrians, car accidents, motor cycle accidents, and other types of accidents and has been successful in recovering settlements and verdicts for his clients.