Written on Oct 21, 2014 10:30:00 AM
Everything You Need to Know About Wrongful Death Claims in Florida
The wrongful death of a loved one, be it due to medical malpractice, an auto accident or similar circumstances, is never an easy thing to recover from. Following tragedies such as these, the grieving process, search for justice and frustrations with parties involved only stand to make matters harder on a victim’s loved ones.
“Where can I find answers for my loved one? How can I find justice for them, or survive without their support?” These are all common questions the families of victims have following a wrongful tragedy, particularly when what occurred was entirely preventable, had other parties involved given due consideration and care.
In these unfortunate cases, victim’s families can find some solace in outside guidance, and consultation with a practiced and compassionate wrongful death attorney.
If you have recently lost a loved one due to a drunk driving accident, reckless driver behavior or poor medical care practice, speaking with an experienced accident attorney in your area can help you decide the best action to take, and ultimately provide answers for you and your family during recovery.
What Sets Wrongful Death Apart from Negligence Cases
While negligence does play a role in taking wrongful death cases to court, these claims are not technically negligence lawsuits. Traditionally, the person injured or affected by negligence directly files a negligence claim and opens their own case. In wrongful death cases, however, this is impossible; any claims of negligence in these tragic circumstances died with the victim.
However, individual states have each developed their own case type to deal with these situations. Wrongful death cases vary in small details between states, but there are some basic criteria most follow:
- The death, in this case, was caused by the defendant’s negligent conduct; the defendant is largely liable.
- There are surviving and dependant family members of the victim; this being, typically, children or spouses.
- There have been financial damages and repercussions stemming from the death.
In any case where you feel a loved one is a victim of wrongful death, it can be essential to your case to contact a compassionate attorney in your area, who specializes in cases and circumstances such as these.
If the unnecessary death of a loved one has had detrimental effects on your family’s security and support, don’t brush it off, and put your loved ones through even more pain; find an attorney right away to bring some closure to your family, and help in the recovery from tragedies such as these.
The Common Causes of Wrongful Death
In most cases, the wrongful, unnecessary death of a loved one can be attributed to a number of negligent, reckless factors, including:
- Drunk driving, or other intoxicated vehicle operation
- Reckless driving behaviors
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home negligence
When these accidents occur, it often feels overwhelmingly out of your personal control, yet still affects your family in disastrous ways. If a drunk or impaired person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, and steals a loved one’s life away from you, there is nothing that can be said or done to truly ease that pain. However, there are things you can do right away to seek damages for a wrongfully lost family member, and at least ease the financial strain caused by unplanned tragedy.
In these situations, it all depends on whom you talk to, and when.
What You Need to Do
The most beneficial thing you can do if you suspect a loved one has been the victim of wrongful death is contact a seasoned attorney in your local area, who has specific experience and found success in cases similar to yours.
Following the loss of a loved one, reaching out for consultation with an experienced legal professional can aid in not just the support process, but also in recovering damages caused by a loved one’s premature, wrongful death.
In Spring Hill and the neighboring areas, the ultimate resource for all things about a wrongful death legal claim is Lowman Law Firm. Our passionate, understanding attorneys will fight for your claim, and bring some final closure to the tragedy of losing a loved one wrongfully.