According to the Florida Department of Health, injuries are the leading cause of death for individuals in the state between the ages of one and 44. For all residents of Florida, injuries are the third leading cause of death, following only cancer and heart disease. In 2011 alone, 12,364 people lost their lives due to injury in Florida, which accounted for 7.2 percent of all residents who died over the course of the year.
Unfortunately, many of the injuries that led to fatalities occurred in car accidents, in drowning accidents, because of falls, while doing recreational activities, or in other circumstances where the injuries could have been prevented. If anyone, whether a company or an individual, acts in a way that causes these injuries, the entity responsible for the injury and resulting fatality needs to be held accountable for the harm done. A Fort Lauderdale wrongful death accident lawyer at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can represent those who have lost their loved one and help them to pursue a claim for compensation.
Under the law, someone who is negligent or who breaches his legal obligation to others must be held accountable for all financial and non-economic losses his intentional or negligent behavior causes. Usually, it is the injured victim who pursues a personal injury claim against the person or entity responsible for causing injuries.
When the injuries are fatal, however, the injured victim is not there to pursue a claim on his own behalf. Rather than allowing the wrongdoer to get off scot-free, the laws in Florida allow close family members such as spouses, children or parents of the deceased to make a wrongful death claim.
It is up to you, however, to actually take legal action if your loved one has died. You need to pursue the wrongful death claim, prove that the defendant did something wrong, and show that the negligent or intentional behavior was the direct cause of death. You also need to prove the extent of your losses.
It can be complicated to understand how to file a wrongful death lawsuit and even more difficult to learn the rules of evidence and build a strong case that will entitle you to get full and fair compensation for wrongful death. You may also face lots of pressure from the insurance company representing the responsible defendant to settle your case.
To negotiate successfully with the insurer, to gather the right evidence and to succeed at getting the money you deserve, whether in court or through a settlement, you need the help of a Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorney who knows the ins-and-outs of Florida law.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorneys have extensive experience helping those who have lost loved ones. We’ll take care of all legal aspects of your case for you, from gathering the necessary evidence to filing the right papers with the court to negotiating with the insurer.
In every situation, we’ll keep you updated and communicate regularly on the progress of your case. We’ll treat your claim with the compassion and understanding you deserve and we’ll dedicate our legal skills to getting you the greatest amount of compensation possible for medical bills and costs, lost income, funeral expenses and lost companionship damages.
You should never face financial hardship because someone else has caused your loved one to die. The sooner you take action, the sooner you can resolve your case, get the money you need and deserve under the law and begin to move on with your life.
To learn more about your legal rights and about how to get your claim started, contact a Fort Lauderdale wrongful death lawyer at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene today.