Fort Lauderdale Wrongful Death Attorney
Assisting survivors after the accidental death of a loved one
Losing a loved one in a fatal accident caused by the negligence, wrongful acts or substandard care of others is one of the most devastating experiences for surviving family members. During your time of grief, it may be difficult to consider the benefits of legal action, but a wrongful death lawsuit can provide the compensation you need and the justice you deserve.
At Boone and Davis, PA, our Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorneys provide compassionate, accessible and reliable representation for surviving family members who have lost loved ones because of the carelessness of others. With their more than 30 years of experience, our lawyers provide comprehensive support in your time of need, helping you recover compensation ranging from funeral costs to loss of income or benefits to your own mental suffering.
What is a wrongful death lawsuit?
Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, survivors may sue to recover compensation for the death of a loved one when by a wrongful act, negligence, default or breach of contract, or warranty of any other kind, a person or company causes the death. As long as the deceased could have sued for personal injury damages had they lived, then the negligent person may be held liable for damages. Only certain survivors may sue to recover compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one, such as:
- Any blood relatives or adopted siblings who were partly or totally dependent on the deceased for support or services
- Certain children born out of wedlock
Wrongful death lawsuits are brought by the personal representative of the deceased, who recovers compensation for the benefit of the survivors and the estate. Depending on the specific circumstances, our wrongful death lawyers assist family members in recovering compensation for a broad range of losses, including:
- Loss of support and services
- Future loss of support and services
- Spouse’s loss of companionship and protection
- Children’s loss of parental companionship, instruction and guidance, and for mental pain and suffering
- Mental pain and suffering of the survivors since the date of the injury
- Medical or funeral expenses
The estate of the deceased may also recover additional damages, such as:
- Loss of earnings of the deceased from the date of the injury to the date of death
- Loss of the prospective net accumulations of an estate
- Medical or funeral expenses paid by the estate
How long do I have to sue for wrongful death in Florida?
Florida statutes of limitations restrict the time you have to sue for the accidental death of a family member. In most cases, such as a fatal car accident, medical malpractice that results in the death of a patient or a catastrophic injury accident that ultimately results in the death of the victim, you must sue within two years. If more than two years passes, you may lose your right to sue for compensation for the loss of your loved one. If you have suffered a personal injury but did not lose a loved one, you may have up to four years to sue. In certain cases, such as if you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a cruise ship accident, the statute of limitations is only one year. In any case, it is important to act quickly to preserve essential evidence and witness testimony that may otherwise be lost, destroyed or impaired. Contact our experienced Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorneys today.
What is negligent suicide prevention?
Medical professionals have a duty to provide patients with a level of care, skill and treatment that is recognized as acceptable and appropriate, given the circumstances, by reasonably prudent and similarly situated healthcare providers. When a breach of this duty of care results in injury or death to the patient, including the patient’s own suicide, the medical professional may be held responsible for wrongful death resulting from their malpractice. If your loved one’s psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor or other party was negligent in preventing a suicide, our firm is fully prepared to be of assistance.
Seek caring, compassionate representation from skilled Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorneys
For more than 30 years, our Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorneys at Boone and Davis, PA have helped families in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County and throughout the state of Florida recover compensation for fatal accidents caused by negligence that result in the death of their loved one. To speak with our seasoned attorneys today, contact us online or call us at 954-566-9919 for a free initial consultation. There is no obligation, and our firm charges no fees until we recover for you.