Losing a loved one is difficult in any circumstance, but even more so if the death occurred because of the intentional actions or negligence of someone else. A wrongful death can devastate a family and have long-term emotional and financial repercussions.
The shock of losing a companion can be traumatic for a spouse, and children may struggle for years to cope with the loss of a parent.
A wrongful death can have far-reaching financial effects. Medical bills can put a family deep in debt. The sudden and unexpected loss of income can make it difficult to cover necessities, such as rent or a mortgage, groceries, transportation, and childcare, and to save for children’s college education and other long-term goals. The damage can be particularly severe if the person who died was the family’s primary breadwinner.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help your family pursue justice and compensation for the loss of your loved one. Call 800-593-3443 to speak to a Boynton Beach wrongful death lawyer about your case and how we may be able to assist you.
Legal Options for Families of Victims
Florida law allows family members or the estate of a victim of a wrongful death to file a lawsuit seeking compensation. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action that is separate from a criminal case. Family members can sue an individual or an entity, such as a business. A wrongful death lawyer serving Boynton Beach may be able to help your family.
In general, survivors can file a wrongful death lawsuit if an injured person would have been able to file a personal injury claim had they lived. For example, if someone would have had a strong personal injury case related to a car accident, medical malpractice, or assault, the family of an individual who died in those circumstances can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, serves Boynton Beach, Florida. We have represented plaintiffs in wrongful death cases and can help your family seek justice. Under Florida law, the statute of limitations is two years for a wrongful death case. Call 800-593-3443 to discuss your case with a member of our team so we can get started as soon as possible.
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Parties Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Family members who suffered financial and emotional impacts due to the death of a loved one may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim in Florida. In cases involving the death of a parent, the ages of the children may affect their ability to sue for damages. In some situations, a representative of the deceased person’s estate may file a lawsuit.
A court will consider the financial and emotional impact of losing a family member when evaluating a claim. Under Florida Statue § 768.21, the damages awarded to each individual depends on that person’s relationship to the decedent.
Survivors are entitled to compensation for “lost support and services” from the time of the deceased person’s injury until death, as well as for future losses after the individual’s death.
If the deceased person was married, their spouse may receive compensation for loss of “companionship and protection and for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury.” Children who were minors at the time of a parent’s death may receive awards for “lost parental companionship, instruction, and guidance and for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury.” In a case in which there is no surviving spouse, all the deceased person’s children may be entitled to compensation.
Parents of a minor child who was a victim of a wrongful death may be entitled to compensation “for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury.” In the case of the wrongful death of an adult child, parents may receive awards “for emotional pain and suffering if there are no other survivors.”
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How the Court Calculates Monetary Awards in Wrongful Death Cases
When family members or the estate of a deceased person files a wrongful death lawsuit, the court considers the probable net income the decedent would have earned, the replacement value of services that the deceased individual would have provided to survivors, and the life expectancies of the deceased person and the survivors. The court may use those factors and others to calculate awards. Survivors may receive compensation for medical bills and funeral expenses they have paid.
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How a Boynton Beach Wrongful Death Lawyer May Be Able to Help You
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can review your case and explain what to expect if you decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit. We do not shy away from tough cases. We can conduct a thorough investigation to gather the pertinent facts and make a strong case. Depending on the specific circumstances surrounding your family member’s death, we may:
- Review relevant documents (e.g., medical records, accident reports, and internal company documents, such as safety and maintenance records).
- Interview witnesses.
- Review available surveillance video and/or cellphone video.
- Consult experts.
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Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC to Find Out How a Boynton Beach Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help Your Family
If someone’s negligence or intentional action resulted in your loved one’s death, you and your family may be entitled to a financial settlement. The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can file a wrongful death lawsuit and fight to get fair compensation for your family. We work on a contingency-fee-basis. That means we will take our fee from any awards you receive, and your family will not have to pay anything upfront or out of pocket.
The statute of limitations restricts the amount of time families have to file wrongful death lawsuits in Florida. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we will be able to get started. Call 800-593-3443 to discuss your case and explore your options during a consultation with a wrongful death lawyer serving Boynton Beach on our team.
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