Pursuing Compensation After A Wrongful Death
A fatal accident typically brings several layers of hardship at once to surviving next of kin: emotional trauma, financial pain and practical problems. The death of a close family member is normally hard under any circumstances, but the suddenness of an accident and the awareness of someone else’s negligence or deliberate, harmful acts can bring great anguish.
The process of mourning – including a funeral, burial and a family’s adjustment to loss – takes time and energy. In the meantime, numerous practical matters demand attention, such as opening an estate and searching for life insurance policies. A skilled, dedicated lawyer can be a reassuring ally and advocate at this time.
Taking Prompt Action To Start Building Your Case
At George Feldman McDonald, we are discreet as well as efficient at getting a prompt investigation underway. We carefully gather facts and evidence to evaluate accidents that have resulted in the loss of life in our clients’ families. We can do the same for you, providing the caring, compassionate and diligent representation you deserve.
Our trial lawyers have ample experience in personal injury claims and other plaintiffs’ cases. They have a strong track record and a determination to bring about justice for our clients. We don’t just talk about it; we do it.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim In Florida?
To have legal standing for filing a wrongful death claim, you must have a certain relationship to your loved one. Depending on the situation, the following people may have standing:
- Surviving spouses
- Adult children
- Minor children (through a legal representative)
- Other relatives
- The executor of their estate
Our attorneys can address any issues with legal standing in your case.
What Constitutes A Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death is just that – a death that never should have occurred. Negligence is the most common legal theory for proving these cases. Negligence, at root, is the failure to uphold a reasonable standard of care, resulting in harm to someone else. Negligence can lead to the tragic loss of life in incidents such as:
- Motor vehicle crashes involving cars, motorcycles, bicycles, boats or pedestrians
- Slip-and-fall accidents or other accidents resulting from dangerous property conditions
- Dangerous products that are defective or poorly designed
You can count on our attorneys to get to the root of what contributed to your loved one’s death – and to pursue accountability from the right parties.
What Are Some Recoverable Financial Damages In Wrongful Death Claims?
Getting to know the impact of a fatality on a family is part of what our lawyers do as they prepare wrongful death claims for our clients. What hardships will the death of your loved one bring to you and other close family members? They will conduct a thorough review of that impact to lay the foundation for collecting monetary damages (compensation) for:
- Your loved one’s medical bills, physical suffering and mental pain
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of their financial support, present and future
- Loss of companionship, whether parental or another capacity
We can also evaluate whether punitive damages are available.
Get A Free Consultation To Discuss Your Wrongful Death Case
To learn how we can help your family during this difficult time, call our wrongful death attorneys at 844-711-8025 or send an email inquiry.