If your loved one passed away as the result of somebody else’s negligence, a Miami wrongful death lawyer can help you seek compensation for which you may be eligible.
Call our team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at 800-593-3443 for a no-cost consultation about the circumstances of your case.
Wrongful Deaths Can Happen in Many Ways
According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department, motor vehicle accidents, such as those involving distracted driving, has resulted in the death of nearly 3,000 people in 2017 alone. There are several additional conditions under which wrongful deaths commonly occur, including:
- Fires where negligence is involved, such as failure to install or maintain emergency safety equipment
- Exposure to dangerous substances such as asbestos, carbon monoxide, and radon gas
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- Dangerous conditions that lead to a slip and fall or trip and fall accident
- Dog attacks
- Defective products, especially safety equipment that fails
Whether your loved one’s death was the result of one of the above causes or not, you could be eligible to collect compensation for your significant loss. Call a Miami wrongful death lawyer to discuss how to pursue compensation that you may be eligible to collect.
For a free legal consultation with a wrongful death lawyer serving Miami, call 800-593-3443
A Lawyer Can Handle the Legal Side of Your Case
If you have recently lost a loved one, do not wait to call a lawyer. Statutes of limitation likely govern your ability to bring legal action. In Florida, wrongful death cases are generally subject to a two-year statute of limitations beginning from the date of your loved one’s death, according to state law. There are exceptions to this statute, and you should call a lawyer regardless of the time that has passed since your loved one’s death.
Additional ways that a Miami wrongful death lawyer can be of service include:
- Filing paperwork to initiate your legal case promptly and in accordance with the statute of limitation
- Consulting with you in person or over the phone to obtain an official account of what happened and why you believe that your loved one’s death was wrongful
- Obtaining available evidence of the circumstances that led to your loved one’s death, such as video, photographs, and police reports
- Speaking with medical professionals to obtain any documentation that could benefit your case, including those that indicate negligence on behalf of the defendant
- Interviewing eyewitnesses to the circumstances or accident that caused your loved one’s death
- Fulfilling all of the legal responsibilities necessary to bring your case to a resolution, whether it is a judgment or settlement
- Protecting your rights throughout the legal process
One goal of your attorney is to show that the defendant in your case acted in a way that was negligent, and that this act caused the death of your loved one.
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Proving the Fault of the Defendant in a Wrongful Death Claim
The duty of care generally states that a person must not expose others to an unreasonable risk of harm. This duty of care will likely be central to proving your wrongful death claim. Your Miami wrongful death lawyer will attempt to prove the fault of the defendant by:
- Explaining the duty of care to the jury
Various Florida statutes will likely show that the defendant in your case owed a duty of care, regardless of the circumstances of your claim.
- Proving to the jury that the defendant breached their duty of care
A breach of duty of care can look many different ways, including a motorist driving dangerously or a business owner who fails to implement basic safeguards against injury.
- Establishing a link between the breach of duty of care and your loved one’s death
This stage is referred to as “causation.”
- Calculating and requesting damages
This will require tallying the sum of your losses related to your loved one’s wrongful death, and demonstrating these losses to the jury.
Possible Compensation in a Wrongful Death Claim
There is no wrongful death claim exactly like yours. Possible awards in your case will depend on a variety of factors, but precedent gives us an idea of compensation that you could be awarded.
Possible awards in your case may cover:
- Emergency transportation that your loved one required in the wake of the accident
- Medical care that your loved one received after the accident
- The cost of any hospital stay that your loved one required after the accident
- The cost of any additional medical expenses required before your loved one’s passing
- Wages lost by you or your loved one as a result of their injuries and your need to tend to them
- Pain and suffering incurred by your loved one and your family
- Punitive damages against the defendant for their negligence
The above awards are common in personal injury claims as well as wrongful death claims. Wrongful death claims may also result in a unique set of financial awards, including coverage for:
- Loss of financial protection for the family of the deceased, which may be calculated by projecting future earnings
- Loss of companionship (spouse of the deceased)
- Loss of parental guidance (children of the deceased)
- Funeral costs
There is no replacing the person you loved and lost, but you should employ the help of a lawyer to obtain the financial justice you deserve from the person who caused your loved one’s death.
Call Our Team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, Today
We want to help your family seek the justice that you deserve. Call our team today at 800-593-3443 for a free consultation. You will pay nothing up front, nothing out of pocket, and only pay a fee if we secure a judgment or settlement on your behalf.