Florida Laws on Wrongful Death
Florida law gives close family members the right to pursue a legal claim for compensation after their loved one is killed as a result of someone’s careless behavior. If a driver drivers in a risky way, for example, or if a doctor botches a surgery or fails to diagnose a medical condition, then the family members of those who die from the mistake can sue the responsible person or entity for wrongful death. In a wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiff (surviving family members) have the legal burden to prove that the defendant did something wrong and that his negligent or bad actions were the direct cause of death. The plaintiff also must prove the extent of the losses that occurred because of the wrongful death. This includes financial losses, such as lost income the deceased cannot earn, funeral costs and medical expenses for treatments before the death. It also includes non-economic or non-financial losses such as compensation for the loss of companionship of the deceased.
Only certain family members, such as spouses and children, can pursue wrongful death claims and there is a time limit and strict procedural rules that must be followed. A West Palm Beach wrongful death lawyer at Steinger, Greene & Feiner can help family members to ensure their rights are protected and to have the best chance of a successful claim.
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Types of Wrongful Death Cases
There are many different situations where someone may become responsible for a death and made to compensate surviving loved ones. Some of the different situations that can lead to a wrongful death case include:
- Accidental drowning if a pool was not properly secured or supervised
- Car accidents if the driver broke safety rules or was unreasonably careless behind the wheel
- Defective product cases where manufacturers released a dangerous product onto the market
- Medical malpractice claims where doctors misdiagnosed a patient or otherwise failed to provide reasonable quality care
- Slip and fall cases or other situations where property owners failed to maintain their property in a safe way before inviting visitors in
These are just a few of many situations where you may have a wrongful death case if your loved one has been killed. If you believe someone else caused the death of your family member, you need to get in touch with a West Palm Beach wrongful death lawyer today to learn about your legal rights.
Contact a West Palm Beach Wrongful Death Attorney Today
The West Palm Beach wrongful death attorneys at Steinger, Greene & Feiner have helped clients throughout the Florida area to pursue claim after they have lost a loved one. We treat every case with compassion and understanding and do everything we can to help ensure that no one suffers financial harm due to the death of a loved one. To learn more or to speak with one of our West Palm Beach wrongful death lawyers about your case, contact us today.
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