West Palm Beach Wrongful Death Attorney
Florida wrongful death lawsuits are filed by the surviving family members of those who have died because of the negligent or reckless conduct of another. These suits can be brought after a variety of deadly accidents, from motor vehicle crashes and construction site accidents to medical malpractice and product liability cases. In a wrongful death lawsuit a surviving family member—such as a spouse or child—seeks to hold the wrongdoer accountable for their conduct which led to their family member’s death.
All wrongful death lawsuits are unique in that they seek to provide accountability and compensation specifically for the losses suffered by the surviving family member. When a loved one is killed because of the misconduct of another, more than just the victim is harmed. Families suffer tremendously. Wrongful death statutes therefore give those close family members the right to bring a legal claim seeking redress for their own unique losses.
Similar to other civil claims, to file a Florida wrongful death lawsuit the plaintiff must generally show that their loved one’s death was caused by another’s negligent or intentional conduct. In addition, the family member must show that they suffered loss of financial support, love, comfort, care, assistance, and general society that was provided by the victim.
The plaintiff in these cases is capable of recovering both economic and noneconomic damages. For example, a wife who loses a husband in a construction accident may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover her husband’s total lifetime expected earnings that were lost as a result of the accident, money for funeral expenses, and medical costs. In addition, plaintiffs who file these lawsuits can seek to recover a variety of other damages, such as lost insurance benefits, pain, suffering, mental anguish, and loss of companionship.
Our Palm Beach wrongful death lawyer at the Law Office of Eric H. Luckman is board certified in civil trial law and has years of experienced working on behalf of families that have lost loved ones due to the negligent or intentional misconduct of others. We understand the complex mix of emotions that are involved in these cases, and are aware that most families have many questions about how the legal process will work in their case. Please consider contacting our office for a free consultation where our attorney will explain how the law might apply and what legal options are available.
Statutes of limitation rules apply in virtually all civil cases, and so it is important to get in touch with a legal professional in a timely manner to preserve your rights. If you live in Florida and believe that a family member has died because of another’s misconduct, feel free to call our office at (561) 737-3133 or leave us a message via our online questionnaire.
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