The loss of a loved one is always tragic, but this is especially true when the death occurs unexpectedly. It is even more unfortunate when the loss was caused by someone else’s carelessness. A wrongful death action can be brought when a loved one is killed through the negligence, recklessness, or criminal acts of another. In other words, when a loved one is killed due to another’s failure to use reasonable care, the personal representative of the deceased may sue for monetary compensation. As South Florida accident and wrongful death attorneys we understand that this can be a very trying time and we are here to help you. Wrongful death actions can result from car, train, and amusement park accidents, among countless other causes.
Each year up to 100,000 individuals die because of another person’s negligence or malpractice. Although money cannot replace your lost loved one, it can help you move forward when you know the guilty party has been held responsible. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person, our Miami-Dade wrongful death attorneys can assist you.
Wrongful death actions are civil suits brought by survivors who were dependent on the deceased for financial or emotional support. Florida wrongful death cases are generally brought, on the behalf of the deceased, by a surviving spouse, parent, or child. Common causes of wrongful death are vehicular accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, dangerous work-related conditions/substances, product malfunction, and criminal negligence.
Under Florida statutes the negligence that took place does not have to be the direct cause of death, rather it is sufficient if it is the cause of injury that subsequently leads to death. The value of your claim depends on several factors, including the earning potential of the deceased. Please note that the time an estate or a loved one has to make a wrongful death claim is limited to two (2) years under Florida law. Therefore, it is imperative that a Broward County wrongful death lawyer is contacted as soon as possible.
The following can be recovered in a successful wrongful death claim:
- The estate may recover both medical and funeral expenses.
- A spouse may recover for loss of economic support and household services.
- A spouse may recover for mental pain and suffering and loss of companionship.
- A relative who is dependant or partially dependant on the deceased may recover for the loss of support.
- Children under the age of 25 may also recover for pain and suffering, loss of companionship and parental guidance.
In the unfortunate event that you have lost a loved one to an untimely death, DRG Firm is here to assist you. Trying a wrongful death case can be complex, and demanding. It is not something you should attempt to undertake on your own. Let us represent you so that you can take the time needed to grieve your loss. Please call us at 1.888.413.8353 for a free consultation. Our staff is available 24/7 for your convenience.