Facing the loss of a loved one can be one of the most difficult and traumatic experiences of your life. The pain and grief that accompany such an event are only magnified when the death is unexpected and results due to the negligent actions of another person. If the death of your family member was caused by someone else’s wrongdoing or negligence, you may have the right to pursue a case for wrongful death to obtain the compensation that you and your family are entitled to. If your loved one was the victim of a wrongful death in South Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Brickell, and West Palm Beach, Englander Peebles is here to stand with you during this difficult time and will aggressively advocate for your rights.The Florida Wrongful Death Act.
Wrongful death claims in Florida are governed by the state’s wrongful death act. Under this statute, an individual who causes the death of another by a wrongful act or negligence may be liable for damages if the deceased person who was injured would have been able to file suit and recover damages if he or she did had survived. As with every cause of action, the statute of limitations provides a defined period of time in which a wrongful death claim must be filed. Should you fail to file a lawsuit within the time period set by the statute of limitations, you may be forever barred from recovery.What Compensation is Available in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In pursuing a wrongful death claim in Fort Lauderdale, you should immediately seek the help of an experienced and aggressive personal injury attorney to represent the interests for you and your family. Englander Peebles will help you navigate complex issues involved in wrongful death suits. The wrongful death statute specifies potential survivors who may be entitled to damages. Further, Florida law requires plaintiffs to identify all potential beneficiaries of a recovery for wrongful death in addition to the deceased individual’s estate in the complaint filed with the court, as well as their relationships to the victim. The compensation that may be available to the family of a wrongful death victim include:
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of the loved one’s companionship and protection;
- Medical bills and ambulance costs incurred prior to death;
- Lost wages and loss of future income; and
- Funeral and burial expenses.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, you should contact Englander Peebles today for a free consultation. We are seasoned and aggressive Florida personal injury attorneys practicing in South Florida and are here to assist you and your loved ones during this most difficult time. We handle cases on a contingency basis – we are only entitled to a fee if we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. You may reach Englander Peebles by phone at (954) 500-4878 or through our contact form. There are strict timeframes for filing a claim so please don’t hesitate to contact us now.