Fort Lauderdale Wrongful Death Attorney
Representing the best interests of families who have lost a loved one
Losing a child, parent, or spouse is always a tragic event. The tragedy only increases, however, if the death occurred suddenly in an accident that could have been prevented. When a party acts negligently and needlessly causes a death, the surviving family members are often left feeling helpless and with no sense of closure. Fortunately, Florida gives family members the right to file a legal claim against the responsible party through the state’s Wrongful Death Act. Such claims can be filed in Florida by a surviving spouse, child, parent, or any other relative who depended on the deceased for emotional or financial support.
Though getting involved in a legal case may not be a priority for grieving family members, a wrongful death claim can help you recover for unexpected financial issues related to the death and to give you a sense of justice. At the Law Office of Joseph J. LoRusso, P.A., our legal team is committed to assisting surviving family members and making the legal process as easy as possible. If you have lost a loved one, please do not delay in consulting with a Ft. Lauderdale wrongful death lawyer today.
Common causes of wrongful death
Wrongful death cases may arise out of many different types of incidents in which another person acted negligently, recklessly, or intentionally to cause the death. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death include the following:
|· Car accidents|
· Commercial truck accidents
· Motorcycle accidents
· Bicycle accidents
· Pedestrian accidents
· Drowning accidents
· Slip and falls
· Falls from heights
· Dangerous consumer products
· Dangerous pharmaceuticals
· Medical malpractice
· Workplace accidents
· Construction site accidents
· Violent assaults
In order to recover, you must show evidence that another individual, corporation, or government entity acted in a way that made them responsible for causing the accident. An experienced wrongful death lawyer will know how to thorough investigate your case in order to collect sufficient evidence to prove that someone else acted in a negligent or more egregious manner to cause the fatal incident.
Recovery in a wrongful death case
When deciding the amount of damages that surviving family members may receive, a court will evaluate several factors including the financial support of the deceased, the emotional relationship between the deceased and the family member, how much the deceased’s future companionship and services would be worth, and much more. If the other party’s behavior was intentional or was particularly egregious, the court may also award the family punitive damages2 as part of their wrongful death award.
Consult with a Fort Lauderdale wrongful death lawyer for a free consultation
While it is true that no financial award will ever reunite you with your loved one, it can help your family move forward with less financial stress and a greater sense of peace.
South Florida attorney Joseph J. LoRusso has extensive experience assisting clients file successful wrongful death claims in Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding areas. Please feel free to fill out our online contact form or call (954) 715-3260 to schedule a free consultation today.