At Steinger, Greene & Feiner, our West Palm Beach wrongful death lawyers represent surviving family members who have lost loved ones in auto accidents, slip and falls and other situations where negligence or wrongdoing led to death. Our attorneys understand how devastating it can be when a family member is taken away from you because another person or entity did something wrong or failed to live up to his legal obligations. While we know there is nothing that can make the pain of loss go away, we will fight to protect your legal rights and ensure you have the best chance of getting the maximum compensation available to you for your losses under Florida law.
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.
A personal injury can occur in a variety of ways, but almost all have the same results in common. Suddenly, your life is disrupted and possibly jeopardized physically, emotionally, and financially by an accident or incident which could have been prevented.