If you recently lost a loved one in an accident that you suspect occurred due to someone’s negligence, a wrongful death lawyer can help.
Often, fatalities result from negligent acts related to car crashes, construction accidents, trucking or bus accidents, boating incidents, slip and fall accidents, improper medical treatment, or defective products. Whatever the details may be, you may have a valid legal claim for compensation if you lost a parent, child, or spouse in this way.
No settlement will bring your loved one back, but it can help compensate for lost income, care, and companionship while holding the negligent party responsible for their actions. Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today to speak directly with a wrongful death lawyer in West Palm Beach, FL.
For a free legal consultation with a wrongful death lawyer serving West Palm Beach, call (800) 747-3733
Common Causes of Wrongful Death Accidents
Although any act of negligence that leads to a fatality may fall under the definition of wrongful death, these incidents occur due to:
- Construction accidents
- Workplace injury accidents
- Car and motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Boating accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Bus accidents
- Commercial trucking accidents
- Defective product accidents
- Medical malpractice
For instance, the leading cause of fatal injuries in older adults in Florida is falling, according to Florida Health, claiming over 3,000 lives in 2019. Slip and fall accidents and other forms of premises liability can cause these tragedies. When a property owner fails to clean up spills, alert visitors to hazards, or keep their premises safe, you can pursue a wrongful death claim against them for causing a fatal fall.
This is just one type of wrongful death case that the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can handle for you. Whatever the circumstances of your family member’s passing, a wrongful death lawyer can help you explore your options for pursuing legal action.
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How a Wrongful Death Lawyer Will Help You Pursue Justice
When you trust the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine in West Palm Beach, Florida, to handle your wrongful death claim, we will provide compassionate assistance in this time of grief and emotional upheaval.
We will work diligently to investigate the circumstances of your loved one’s death and build the strongest possible claim for your wrongful death action. In most cases, we will submit your claim to the at-fault party’s liability insurance carrier and negotiate until we reach an agreeable settlement.
In some cases, however, we must file a wrongful death lawsuit to achieve the best possible outcome. This could happen if:
- We cannot agree on settlement terms or amount.
- The insurance company is operating in bad faith.
- The process has dragged on or been stalled.
- There are disagreements regarding liability.
Sometimes, filing a lawsuit can jumpstart negotiations, allowing us to still settle out of court. Other times, we need to proceed all the way to trial to reach a verdict. We’re prepared to do everything possible to recover what you need.
We Fight Stubborn Insurance Companies with Evidence
To combat any of the above issues, we compile evidence to bolster your case. Our investigative team will obtain documentation that may include some or all of the following items, depending on the nature of the fatal accident or incident:
- Accident report, scene photos, and videos
- Witness statements
- Doctor and medical expert testimony
- The coroner’s report
- Equipment maintenance and repair logs
- Company safety policies and accident history
Throughout this process, we will act as your advocate, protecting your legal rights and handling all aspects of your case—freeing you to spend time with family and friends as you work through your shock, sorrow, and grief.
We will fight tirelessly to resolve your case quickly and with the best possible outcome—allowing you to put this tragedy behind you and move forward with the knowledge that your future will be financially secure.
Get Responsive Care from Our Attorneys
Gathering evidence is just one facet of our approach to your case. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine serves grieving families by:
- Scheduling appointments
- Obtaining medical records and police reports
- Reconstructing and analyzing the accident
- Consulting experts, like doctors and economists
- Talking to insurance companies
- Understanding your eligibility to file a claim or suit
- Determining who to hold accountable
- Knowing the value of your case
- Learning the steps of a wrongful death claim
- Standing up to the negligent party
- Navigating complicated terms and legal forms
When you hire our team, you receive access to your lawyer’s personal phone number. Don’t hesitate to call, text, or reach out to us in other ways if you have any concerns or questions. What you need more than anything else in this time is support, and we are here to provide it.
How Much Is Your Florida Wrongful Death Claim Worth?
A personal injury lawyer from our firm can determine the amount of your wrongful death settlement claim by identifying the actual damages you suffered (or will suffer) due to the loss of your spouse, parent, or child.
Immediately after the loss, you may have to pay high medical bills for end-of-life care, as well as consider how to properly honor your loved one’s memory. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), funeral costs include:
- Funeral home fees
- Caskets or urns
- Embalming or cremation
- Viewing and graveside services
Your family member’s last wishes may have additional costs. Not only should your loved one’s last requests be covered by the liable party, but your family’s own losses should be considered as well. Overall, some examples of the damages you can potentially pursue in a wrongful death claim include:
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of love, companionship, and consortium
- Loss of guidance, support, and counsel
- Loss of household services
- Loss of inheritance
- Mental anguish
- Medical, funeral, and other related expenses
You may not have experienced all these damages. However, our legal team can help establish the specific damages you and your family experienced due to the wrongful death of your loved one. You may also have a legal basis for requesting punitive damages. This is a form of compensation designed to punish the at-fault party for their actions.
Calculating the value of your settlement claim will require using formulas based on the age and life expectancy of the decedent, as well as the survivors and the type of damages each wishes to pursue. Don’t be concerned about figuring this out yourself. Our wrongful death lawyers can analyze your West Palm Beach case on your behalf.
Who Is Eligible To Collect Damages?
Florida Statutes § 768.21 only allows certain people to pursue wrongful death cases. Typically, you can file a lawsuit if you are the decedent’s:
You can recover different damages based on your relationship with your lost loved one. For instance, surviving spouses can receive compensation for loss of companionship, while surviving children can receive damages for loss of parental instruction and guidance.
Although Florida’s statutes limit who can file a wrongful death claim, the decedent’s estate representative can choose to file a survival action claim to obtain compensation for the deceased’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and related damages.
However, before you make a decision, contact us to schedule a no-cost consultation. The value of a survival action claim may not be sufficient to provide your family with what they need in the long term.
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Demonstrating Negligence in a Wrongful Death Claim in West Palm Beach
The way our legal team will go about proving liability in your wrongful death action depends on the circumstances of your case. For instance, if your loved one passed away due to a product defect, we do not have to demonstrate the legal elements of negligence to make our case. Instead, we can show liability by proving how a product defect caused the decedent’s fatal injury.
For fatal injuries sustained in a car accident, medical malpractice incident, slip and fall accident, or workplace injury, we must demonstrate how the at-fault party’s actions or inaction constituted negligence.
The four legal elements of negligence are:
- Duty of care
- Breach of the duty
- Actual damages
For example, if the decedent suffered fatal injuries in a car accident, our team must demonstrate that the at-fault party owed a duty of reasonable care to the decedent.
Motorists owe a duty of care to others on the roadway. So, if a driver was sending text messages or otherwise not paying attention to the road, their actions violated—or breached—their duty of care. If the distracted driver crossed over the center line and caused a head-on collision, we can demonstrate how their breach of duty caused the fatal accident.
Once we establish liability in this manner, the last step is to demonstrate your actual damages by providing appropriate documentation to support the value of your claim.
Free Case Review with a Wrongful Death Lawyer in West Palm Beach
Florida imposes a statute of limitations on how long you have to file a wrongful death suit. Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine as soon as possible to discuss the circumstances of your loved one’s death. We will explain your options so that you can make the best choices for yourself, your family, and your future.
We would like to offer you a complimentary consultation so that you can make an informed decision about your case. We can answer your questions and address your concerns, including how much it costs to hire a personal injury lawyer. To set up your appointment with a wrongful death lawyer in West Palm Beach, contact us today.