Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful Death and Catastrophic Accident Lawyer
If a loved one’s death is due to the negligent act of another, the survivors of the deceased may have a wrongful death legal claim. Under Florida law, spouses, children and parents of wrongful death victims may be eligible to recover damages, including economic damages for lost wages, medical and funeral expenses as well as non-economic damages for loss of companionship of the family member and emotional suffering. In some cases, if the wrongful death was due to an intentional or unwarranted act, the survivors may also have a claim for punitive damages.
In cases involving wrongful death, the attorney representing the surviving family must:
- Identify the Responsible Parties.
Wrongful death claims are often difficult to prove, and in some cases, fault lies with multiple parties. Success in determining and proving wrongful death often requires thorough investigation of the underlying facts to accurately reconstruct the accident and establish fault. This is often difficult, as the deceased cannot provide the facts.
- Establishing the amount of damages.
Even after fault is established, the responsible parties and their insurance companies and lawyers will debate and dispute the amount of damages they caused.
While it can be difficult to identify the responsible party and accurately and fairly calculate the damages and ultimate loss caused by a wrongful death, our attorneys will employ private investigators and consult with a nationwide network of medical experts, accident reconstruction engineers, human factors experts and other professionals who can testify to the cause of the fatal injury. We will often employ the use of highly specialized companies to create a video presentation of the deceased’s family members, co-workers, relatives, friends and neighbors in order to help the jury understand the true nature of the loss that the survivors will endure.
While replacing what you have lost is impossible, we strive to maximize your compensation so that you will have the necessary resources needed to restore your life and recover.