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 due to 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 the lost income, care, and companionship while holding the negligent party responsible for their actions. Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 to speak directly with a wrongful death lawyer in West Palm Beach, FL.
Common Circumstances 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 most often in:
- 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
Whatever the circumstances of your family member’s passing, a wrongful death lawyer can help you explore your options for pursuing legal action.
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.
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 reports and scene photos or videos
- Witness statements
- Doctor and medical expert testimony
- 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.
Calculating the Value of Your Florida Wrongful Death Claim
A personal injury lawyer 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.
Some examples of the damages you can potentially pursue in a wrongful death claim include the following.
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of love, companionship, and consort
- Loss of guidance, support, and counsel
- Loss of household services
- Loss of inheritance
- Mental anguish
- Medical, funeral, and 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.
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.
Although the Florida statutes limit who can file a wrongful death claim, the decedent’s estate can choose to file a survival action claim instead, 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 you need in the long term.
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.
If your loved one died 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, a 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, causation and 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 does impose 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 choice 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 concerns including how much it costs to hire a personal injury lawyer. To set your appointment with a wrongful death lawyer in West Palm Beach, contact us today at 1-800-747-3733.