Common Types Of Wrongful Death Claims
The loss of a beloved family member can be a tragic experience, but the loss can be even greater when it happens because of an avoidable accident caused by others. If you have lost a loved one because of an accident in Delray Beach, you may have a case for wrongful death against those responsible for the fatal accident. If you are interested in learning more about your legal options from a compassionate and experienced Delray Beach wrongful death attorney, call or contact Earnhart Law today for a free consultation.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims
A wrongful death claim occurs anytime an accident caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts of one party results in the death of another. Some of the most common types of wrongful death claims in Florida include the following accidents:
- Car accidents,
- Medical malpractice,
- Workplace accidents,
- Truck accidents,
- Pedestrian accidents,
- Motorcycle accidents,
- Defective products,
- Negligent security,
- Slip/trip and falls,
- Aviation accidents,
- Bicycle accidents,
- Attractive nuisance cases,
- Boat accidents,
- Dog bite attacks,
- Premises liability claims, and more.
It is critical that when a fatal accident happens, the family of the victim speak with a knowledgeable wrongful death attorney as soon as possible about the case. It may be difficult to consider when loved ones are grieving, but Florida law only allows the family two years from the date of the victim’s death to file a wrongful death claim for the loss. If a case is filed past that time limit, the court may throw the case out entirely and bar the family of the victim from collecting any damages in compensation. Florida also has special rules surrounding who may file a wrongful death claim and in what order, which is why you should always talk to a lawyer before moving forward with this type of case.
Compensation for Wrongful Death
In Florida, compensation for a wrongful death claim includes damages for the estate of the victim lost in the accident as well as compensation for their loved ones. Damages for the victim’s estate include payment for any final medical expenses related to the accident, funeral costs, burial expenses, lost wages and benefits between the date of the accident and their passing, and the value of lost future income and benefits never earned because of their untimely death. Compensation for loved ones includes payment for the loss of support and services of the victim, emotional distress, any expenses covered by family members after the accident, and for the loss of the victim’s companionship, protection, instruction, and guidance. To learn more, call or contact our office today.
Call or Contact Our Office Now
Have you lost a loved one due to a tragic accident in the Delray Beach area? If so, you may have a valid wrongful death claim against those responsible for the loss. Call the office or contact us today at Earnhart Law to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable wrongful death attorney about your case today to learn more about your legal options.