Florida Wrongful Death Lawyer
A wrongful death claim is a civil action that is made by the surviving family members of an individual who has passed away due to the misconduct or negligent actions of another individual or entity. In a Florida wrongful death case, state laws allow the decedent’s loved ones to file a claim seeking monetary damages in order to provide compensation to those who depended on the deceased for emotional and financial support.
Wrongful death occurs when an individual’s reckless, deliberate, or negligent behavior results in another individual’s death. In order to establish that a wrongful death truly occurred, an attorney or the decedent’s family must be able to prove that the individual had a duty of care to the deceased, that the individual breached this standard of care, that the decedent’s cause of the injury or death were a direct result of the individual’s wrongful actions, and that damages resulted.
Common causes of wrongful death in Florida include motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, birth injuries, and workplace accidents.
According to the Florida Wrongful Death Act, survivors who may file a wrongful claim include the decedent’s spouse, child or parent, or any other relative or adoptive brother or sister who was dependent on the decedent for emotional or financial support. Compensation in a wrongful death case includes related medical expenses, the decedent’s burial expenses, loss of companionship, lost income, and pain and suffering.
It must be noted, however, that there is a set time limit for filing a Florida wrongful death claim, and that failure to file a claim within this time limit may disallow the potential claimant from seeking compensation for their losses.
For those who have lost a loved one, taking legal action may not be their first priority. It is, however, very important for a decedent’s survivors to consider consulting with a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible, as they will likely face financial and legal difficulties apart from their emotional suffering. Monetary compensation obtained from a wrongful death lawsuit can greatly ease the financial burden.
Contact Our Florida Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
If you are dealing with the unexpected and wrongful death of a loved one, contact the wrongful death lawyers at the Law Offices of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney. We will fight to help you obtain the compensation that recognizes the value of the decedent, and help you recover from your loss.
Put our 40 years of experience to work for you. Call us today toll free at 1-800-299-8878 or use our online form. We can provide you with a free and confidential case evaluation. We serve victims of wrongful death throughout South Florida and have offices in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Okeechobee, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach.
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