Fort Lauderdale Wrongful Death Attorneys
When you lose a loved one as a result of someone else's wrongful act, the State of Florida has declared that the costs associated with that death should be paid by the at fault party, rather than the deceased’s family.
Under Florida's Wrongful Death Act, the spouse, children, parents or other relatives dependent on a person who suffered a wrongful death may bring suit and request compensation for their losses. If you have recently lost a family member, and you believe that their death may have been a wrongful death, you should contact a Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorney from the Florida Injury Law Group right away. As you struggle with the emotional aftermath, you should not have to bear the full brunt of the economic consequences of your loss.
Survivors may recover compensation for any medical and funeral expenses related to the death and, in some cases, for the loss of a loved one's companionship and protection. They may also be compensated for future wages earned or saved by the person who died, as well as the value of other services that they would have received from their relative. Calculating anticipated earnings may be difficult, and may require the help of experts such as economists and actuaries; the same is true when assigning a monetary value to the variety of services that relatives normally provide to each other without pay — such as housecleaning, transportation or help with schoolwork.
In some cases, if when a death was caused by a person or entity's intentional or reckless conduct, the courts may impose punitive damages as well — compensation intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from taking similar actions in the future.
There are specific time limits that apply to the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit — usually two years from when the wrongful death was discovered. Filing too late may block any recovery. On the other hand, families often need time to recover from the initial shock of the death of a loved one, and the bereaved family members have many thoughts that take precedence over those related to legal action. During this period, the help of an experienced Ft Lauderdale wrongful death attorney can be key to any future recovery.
An attorney from the Florida Injury Law Group can take the lead in preserving evidence, finding and organizing the information typically required by insurance companies, gathering a team of expert witnesses and generally setting the stage for successful negotiations or, when necessary, subsequent litigation. An experienced wrongful death attorney can also guide families in situations in which it is often difficult to determine which people or entities were at fault and should be held responsible. While no one can eliminate the pain associated with the death of a close relative, an effective attorney can help keep family members from having to shoulder the resulting financial burden, as well.
If you have any further questions about a wrongful death claim or if you or a family member has been injured in an accident and would like to speak to one of our Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorneys, please call us or contact us here.