Wrongful Death Information - Palm Beach Attorneys
The passing of a family member or loved one can be a very traumatic experience for most people. When that death has occurred due to the negligence of another person or object, that feeling can be dramatically increased.
It's important to note that when an individual dies as the result of an automotive accident, defective product, medical malpractice, a workplace injury or even a malicious act, certain survivors may be eligible to file a wrongful death suit against the responsible party. In fact, close relatives of a deceased victim may also be able sue the "at fault" party for the loss of any financial support that was previously supplied by the deceased.
Here at Gordon & Doner P.A, we genuinely understand the distress that can be associated with the unexpected loss of a loved one and can help to recover compensation for the deceased’s medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other related expenses that have arisen all as a result of the negligence of another person.
To learn more, simply fill out and submit the "Free Case Review" form located to the right - it's free.
About Wrongful Death Claims
Considered to be part of the “personal injury” tort family, a wrongful death personal injury tort holds a person or entity (defendant) accountable for causing damages to another person (plaintiff). In legal terms, wrongful death refers to a fatality that has occurred due to the negligence or misdeeds of another person, corporation or entity.
Wrongful death cases generally arise from a variety of circumstances including:
- vehicle crashes
- medical malpractice
- dangerous or defective products
- workplace and job-related mishaps
- construction site accidents
.... amongst many other possible situations and scenarios.
Whatever the cause of a wrongful death, it is widely acknowledged that the impact on the survivors can be devastating. The void that is often felt by everyone who must continue on without the companionship and support of their loved one can be quite depressing.
With this in mind, we strongly believe that negligent parties must be held liable and accountable for their actions. Our team is dedicated to upholding the rights of the injured, and will fight to ensure that a fair and just verdict is attained for your case.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
The Florida Legislature has passed a statute that specifically provides rights to the families of those who have died as a result of negligence or an intentional act of another. Consequently, most wrongful death claims that are filed against a negligent party are generally initiated by or on behalf of the spouse, children or family member of the deceased.
However, in some unique situations, someone other than the deceased's immediate family may be entitled to recover damages if they relied upon the deceased for support. If you are unsure if you are eligible, contact us today. We offer a 100% FREE initial case review, which allows our clients to submit the details of their case to our attorneys, who will review that information and then determine if there are grounds to file a lawsuit.
If so, we will advise on the best way to move forward with proceedings.
Key Factors Required To Prove Negligence
In order for a wrongful death case to be successful, negligence of the at fault party must be established and proven. There are four critical components of negligence that are generally required, and are considered imperative to achieving a favorable outcome.
These four components include:
- the defendant had a duty to the deceased
- the defendant failed in that duty (breach of duty)
- that the fatality was caused by the defendant’s breach of duty
- that the survivors are entitled to damages as a result of the loss of their loved one
By ensuring that every possible area is catered to, our team can help the families and loved ones of wrongful death victims to assemble a highly robust case, giving it the best possible opportunity to obtain a successful verdict.
Settlement Amounts and Compensation
These types of claims are often filed in order to obtain monetary damages, with the total financial compensation for a "wrongful death" judgment being comprised from a combination of factors.
In most instances, these will include:
- to compensate for the lost the income the decedent would have provided
- expenses associated with the death (e.g., medical, funeral, and burial)
- lost benefits from the death, (e.g., insurance, retirement, etc.)
- pain and suffering
- mental anguish suffered by the survivor(s) of the decedent
- survivor’s loss of emotional support
- loss of companionship
..... including the loss of care, protection and/or guidance that would have been received from the decedent.
It's also worth considering that in certain circumstances punitive damages may also be awarded dependent on the facts of the case however, these damages are only awarded when intended to punish a wrongdoer(s) and to prevent them from harming others again.
Contact our Palm Beach Wrongful Death Attorneys Today
Here at Gordon & Doner, our wrongful death attorneys have represented many families who have suffered the devastating loss caused by a death. If you have lost a loved one due to another’s misconduct or carelessness, contact us today.
With decades of experience helping injury victims, we proudly serve residents throughout Florida including:
.... just to name a few.
To find out how we can help, contact us today at 1-855-722-2552 - a member from our intake staff will answer your call and after collecting some initial information about your case, will connect you to one of our attorneys - it's that easy.
If you would prefer to start immediately, simply fill out and submit the "Free Case Review" form located at the top of this page.