The pain of an unexpected loss of a loved one can be compounded if the death occurred because of the negligence or reckless actions of someone else. While no one can bring your loved one back, a Lauderhill wrongful death lawyer may be able to help you seek justice and financial compensation to get your family through this difficult time.
A wrongful death lawsuit may hold the party responsible for your loved one’s death accountable, help you continue to pay for necessities, and give you some financial security as you and the rest of your family move forward. Call 800-593-3443 to talk to a member of the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, about what you are going through and to find out how we may be able to help your family.
Definition of a Wrongful Death
A wrongful death means an individual, company, or organization behaved recklessly or negligently, and that party’s actions or disregard for the wellbeing of others resulted in a person’s death. A party who is negligent failed to take a reasonable amount of care to protect other people from harm.
Wrongful deaths can occur in many circumstances, such as car accidents or accidents in the workplace. Patients may suffer wrongful deaths in medical settings if a procedure is performed incorrectly, if healthcare providers fail to follow standard safety protocols, or if medical staff do not properly address complications.
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How a Lauderhill Wrongful Death Lawyer May Be Able to Help Your Family
A Lauderhill wrongful death lawyer may be able to seek financial compensation for members of your family for the loss of income the deceased person would have earned and for medical and funeral expenses. A wrongful death lawsuit can also allow family members to seek compensation for the emotional devastation caused by the sudden loss of a loved one.
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, may be able to help your family seek justice by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. We have helped other families who suffered because of the wrongful death of a loved one, and we do not shy away from tough cases.
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Who May Be Entitled to Compensation
Florida Statute § 768.21 explains who may receive awards for a wrongful death. Eligibility for damages depends on the complainant’s relationship to the deceased person. Each party bringing a lawsuit may be entitled to compensation for “loss of support and services.” The court may consider the life expectancies of both the deceased person and the individual seeking compensation when deciding on the amount of the award. Parties may also be eligible to seek awards through a wrongful death lawsuit on the following grounds:
- A spouse may receive compensation for loss of “companionship and protection” and for “mental pain and suffering.”
- Minor children may be entitled to compensation for the loss of a parent’s “companionship, instruction, and guidance and for mental pain and suffering.” If there is no surviving spouse, adult children may also receive financial awards.
- If a minor child died, each parent may be entitled to compensation for “mental pain and suffering.” If an adult child suffered a wrongful death and there are no other surviving children, the parents may be entitled to financial awards.
- Any survivor who has paid for medical or funeral expenses may receive compensation.
- A personal representative may seek compensation on behalf of the decedent’s estate for lost income, prospective losses to the estate, and medical or funeral expenses that were charged to the deceased individual’s estate.
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How the Team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, May Be Able to Help Your Family Seek Justice
Wrongful death cases are often complex, and a legal team may have to conduct an extensive investigation to build a strong case. If you decide to have Ben Crump Law, PLLC, represent you, we will work to identify relevant witnesses and to gather pertinent evidence.
We may speak to people who were present at the time of the event that led to your loved one’s death and to others who may have relevant information. For example, a witness may have had a conversation with the person responsible for your family member’s death, either before or after the event, that could shed light on the person’s actions or state of mind. If employees or customers had warned a business owner or a manager of unsafe conditions or practices but people in positions of authority failed to take corrective action, that information could be important in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Our legal team may examine documents and other forms of evidence. For example, internal company records could contain important facts or demonstrate that a business was aware of unsafe conditions and failed to address them. In some cases, photographs or surveillance or cellphone video may be able to shed light on what happened and why.
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Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, to Discuss Your Legal Options
If you recently suffered the sudden loss of a loved one, you may be reeling from the shock and feeling overwhelmed. The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, understands the pain you are experiencing and may be able to help. Since we work on a contingency-fee-basis, you will not have to pay anything up front. We will take our fee from any settlement you may receive.
In Florida, the statute of limitations requires family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years. The sooner you contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, the sooner our legal team will be able to get started. Call our office at 800-593-3443 so we can discuss what your family is going through and explain your legal options.
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