A wrongful death is one that occurs due to negligence, recklessness, or deliberate behavior by another person. It can be challenging to prove wrongful death, as evidence must be given to prove the negligence that lead to the passing. If your loved one’s life has been taken, call us to see what legal recourse you have. Our personal injury lawyers will give you a free case evaluation and show you how we may be able to help.
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What Determines if a Death is Wrongful?
If a love one dies due to the negligent, reckless, or deliberate behavior of someone else, the surviving family members have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. By negligent or reckless, we mean that the responsible party had a certain standard of safety or performance to uphold. A reasonable person in their place would not have acted similarly, or caused the same result. For instance, a doctor has the medical community’s standards to adhere to. Drivers also have care to take on the road, and a reasonable driver would pay attention to the road and obey the laws, etc. It will be up to you and your lawyer to prove that the responsible party failed to uphold their duty, and as a direct result of their negligence, your loved one was killed.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil case that would take place separately from any charges pressed by the state for any illegal actions. In a wrongful death lawsuit, a personal injury lawyer, such as one from our firm, would work to get you and your family compensated fairly for your loss. Obviously no amount of money can make up for the tragedy that has occurred, but we will aim to recover enough to provide for your family, and take care of any expenses that have come up as a result of the incident.
If the deceased was a provider for the family, or their beneficiaries, you may be able to recover damages to cover that loss. There are other areas you can try to recover damages in, too. If your loved one, or you and your family, have been through emotional trauma and stress, or pain and suffering, we may be able to get you compensated for your hardships. A spouse may be able to be compensated for loss of consortium, and losing marital benefits.
Florida has a time limit on how long you can wait to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If not filed in a timely manner, you will forfeit your chances of filing a claim in the future. If you believe that your loved one's death was caused by the negligence, recklessness, or deliberate action of another, then consult with an attorney. Our lawyers are here to help you understand your legal rights, and to determine if you should pursue a wrongful death claim. As a trial-based firm, we are prepared to represent you and fight for your rights. Give us a call today for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Our law firm is headed by Mr. Peebles, who has the aim to provide solid representation to victims of all types of personal injury claims. Our staff give personal and compassionate care to all of our clients. If you want to know how you can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton and surrounding areas of South Florida, call us.