Accidents accounted for over 13,000 deaths in Florida in 2017. That's 13,000 people whose lives were brought short because of negligence or wrongdoing, and even more wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and children who are now faced with unexpected emotional and financial turmoil.
If you've suffered the loss of a loved one because of a car accident, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, defective products, or anything in between, Schlesinger Law Offices can offer the skillful Fort Lauderdale personal injury legal representation you need to make it right. We understand that no verdict or settlement can compensate for the loss of a loved one, but it can make up for the unfair financial damages and costs placed on you and your family.
Learn more about how we can help with your case during a free initial evaluation. Give our award winning attorneys a call at (954) 467-8800, or contact us online to schedule a time to speak with a member of our team.
Who Can File: In the state of Florida, the executor of a deceased person’s estate can file a wrongful death claim on their behalf, as well as blood relatives and close family members.
Who Can Be Held Accountable: According to Florida Statutes sec. 768.19, you may file for wrongful death if your loved one was hurt and killed because of “the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of any person.” This means you may file a wrongful death claim against a person or entity if their negligent behavior or failure to fulfill an important obligation (such as driving safely, maintaining a safe work environment, washing hands before performing surgery, etc.) caused your loved one’s death.
When to File: Florida’s general statute of limitations for filing a claim is 2 years. There are some circumstances in which you may be able to push that deadline back. Talk to an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible in order to determine how much (or how little) time you have to file your claim.
What Damages You Can Recover: As a family member of the deceased, you have likely taken a personal and financial hit in the wake of your loved one’s illness, injury, and death (especially if death did not happen right away). You may be up to your ears in medical expenses, hospital bills, funeral costs, and the hefty price of therapy, surgery, and other treatments that occurred before death. At Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A., our wrongful death attorneys in Fort Lauderdale believe you should never be responsible for these expenses.
Don’t Wait to Make the First Moves Toward Justice
The longer you wait to begin your wrongful death claim, the more difficult it can be to prove liability for your loved one’s injuries and death and the damage it has caused to you. In many cases, evaluating a wrongful death case requires close examination of the error that resulted in death, which often requires assessing the scene of the accident (if applicable), pursuing witnesses, and other investigative methods. The more time passes, the more challenging it becomes to make a strong case that a person or entity was directly responsible for your loved one’s death.
What Are the Key Elements of a Wrongful Death Case?
If you want to be successful in a wrongful death case, you'll first want to contact a wrongful death lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Beyond that, you must prove the following:
- The loved one's death was caused by the defendant or that the defendant's actions or lack or action contributed to their death.
- That the death happened as a direct result o the defendant's negligence or wrongdoing.
- The decedent's death affected family members, survivors or dependents in a financial way.
- The loved one's death resulted in various expenses or monetary damages.
Talk to a Fort Lauderdale Wrongful Death Lawyer
Don’t wait to get started on your claim. Our wrongful death attorneys in Fort Lauderdale are ready to meet with you immediately. Let us help you recover the damages you are owed and hold the responsible person or entity accountable for your loved one’s suffering and death.
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