Baby Dies After Being Struck By Car
A young child’s life was taken, and her mother injured, as a result of being struck by a car and dragged under it. The baby’s mother, who was walking her baby in a stroller down the sidewalk, suffered serious physical injuries as a result of the accident. These physical injuries, however, may be easier to recover from than the emotional scars her young child’s senseless death. The driver of the car, an elderly man, hit another vehicle and crossed a median before reaching the sidewalk; the driver of the vehicle he struck also suffered injuries as a result of the crash.
What Is Wrongful Death?
A loved one’s death is never easy to accept, particularly when it is the result of a senseless act. Florida’s Wrongful Death Act allows surviving family members to sue for their losses when their loved one died as a result of another party’s actions such as a wrongful act or negligence. Survivors who have the right to sue under this act are limited to spouses, children, parents, or other specific relatives who were dependent upon the loved one for their support. The action is filed by the deceased’s personal representative on behalf of the survivors.
What Types Of Recovery Are Possible?
Under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act, compensation may generally be obtained for such things as medical or funeral expenses, losses pertaining to the support of the survivors, loss of companionship, and mental pain and suffering. All potential beneficiaries must be included in the complaint and their relationship to the deceased must be identified. Compensation may be obtained for both losses from the date of the injury to death including any applicable interest as well as for the present day value of any future loss of support after the date of death forward. The evaluations for monetary loss include various components, such as the relationship between the deceased and the survivor and the life expectancies of each, to name a few. Though experts can easily quantify these components to arrive at a specific number, placing a monetary value on the loss of companionship and mental pain and suffering of the survivors is far more difficult.
Let Us Help You Today
The Fort Lauderdale office of Boone & Davis is your source of competent and professional legal representation whenever you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of an accident. Under Florida law, you have certain rights and responsibilities when you have lost someone wrongfully, but it is important to act quickly so that you do not lose any of your valuable rights. Our wrongful death attorneys will work with you with compassion and care and will help you to receive the compensation and justice you deserve. Our experienced attorneys have successfully helped families in the Fort Lauderdale area to recover for their losses and obtain compensation from those whose negligence caused the loss. Reach us today online or call 954.556.5260 to schedule your no cost, no obligation consultation. Let us help you get started towards recovery today.