Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Florida

Death is already a very traumatic event in anyone’s life. The loss of a loved one is so difficult and earth-shattering. The only thing that could make that death even more difficult to deal with is knowing that it was wrongful, or the result of negligence.

Losing a family member due to wrongful actions or negligence not only leaves families emotionally struggling but also leaves many families with financial difficulty if the deceased is the primary provider of the family.

No amount of time and compensation can replace the loss of the survivors from the love and comfort of their parents. They have also lost the chance to care for and guide their child. Death is inevitable but it is made even more difficult when caused by someone else’s carelessness.

Wrongful deaths in Florida are caused by numerous factors. Below are the top 3 causes of dreadful deaths prompting families and loved ones to file wrongful death lawsuits.

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Automobile Accidents

Vehicular collisions are the most common cause of death in Florida with around 3,000 accidents annually. Florida has 16 million drivers and averages hundreds of car accidents every day leading to thousands of deaths every year.

Vehicular tragedies in Florida are often caused by reckless driving, driving under the influence, speeding, driving while using mobile phones, the other driver’s carelessness, and others. Many fatal road accidents could have been prevented should the driver is responsible enough and understands the risks of driving intoxicated, multi-tasking, or ignoring traffic laws and regulations.

Accidents at Workplaces or While at Work

Workplaces show high risks of wrongful deaths and fatalities especially works involving manual labor and construction jobs. Even office workers and non-construction employers are prone to accidents at work like fall, slip, trips which in most cases, these wrongful deaths are due to negligence on the part of the building administrators or property owners.

These could have been prevented if they have put appropriate markings and signs for wet floors cleared the hallways from clutter, secured floors with uneven surfaces, dried off spills and oily surfaces, and other preventable hazards. Working longer hours or multiple shifts resulting in a fatal accident because of exhaustion also falls under the accidents at workplaces category.

Medical Malpractice

One of the saddest causes of wrongful death lawsuits comes from the medical industry. People seek medical help to recover from illnesses or injuries and avoid complications. Unfortunately, medical practice is one of the top reasons for wrongful deaths in Florida due to human mistakes.

Even with the doctors’ and nurses’ knowledge, skills, and experience, there are still instances when patients die because a medical personal failed to follow procedures or simply missed something.

Misdiagnosis, dosing errors and failure to identify adverse reactions on prescription drugs, hospital infections, surgical errors, and failure to inform the patient of the possible risks of a procedure or medication, and others are common medical errors.

Other wrongful deaths in Florida following the topmost include pedestrian and bicycle accidents, product liability, boating accidents, swimming pool accidents, amusement park rides accidents, birth injuries, nursing home abuse, and fatal dog bites.

A surviving family member can only file a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida for 2 years within the time of death.

Speak With a Wrongful Death Attorney

If a family member or loved one has passed unexpectantly and you suspect their death was the result of negligence, contact one of our wrongful death attorneys as soon as possible.

Speak with a personal injury attorney in West Palm Beach and get the guidance you need to file a wrongful death lawyer. Our West Palm Beach law office is located at 1645 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd #900, and our wrongful death legal experts are on call 24/7 to offer free consultations when you call: (561) 566-5021.


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Sean Greene

Sean Greene

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Sean J. Greene has recovered more than $150 million in the past 10 years for clients. He specializes within the firm in wrongful death, personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home malpractice, and product liability cases. Sean has represented coaches and players in the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB) who have been victims of personal injuries. In 2001, after winning a trial on liability, he recovered $11,200,000 for the family of David Griggs, the former Miami Dolphins player who died in an automobile accident in Broward County, Florida. He has received the highest distinction of an AV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, which recognizes Sean as possessing “Very High-Preeminent” legal ability with “Very High” ethical standards. Additionally, he is a member of the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum whose membership is limited to trial lawyers who have achieved a trial verdict or settlement in the amount of $1,000,000 or more. Sean is widely known in South Florida, as he cohosted the TV program “Your Legal Rights” and lectures throughout the state of Florida on various legal issues.