Pompano Beach Wrongful Death Attorney
Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult and painful experiences of a person’s life. Learning that your loved one died in an accident that could have been prevented is devastating, and our Pompano Beach wrongful death attorneys want to help you to seek compensation and to hold the liable party responsible for the losses connected to your loved one’s death. Wrongful death law is a specific area of the law that allows surviving family members to obtain financial compensation after losing a loved one due to another party’s negligence or as a result of another party’s liability. Our firm can speak with you today about the process for filing a wrongful death claim.
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, a wrongful death lawsuit is a type of civil lawsuit that is quite similar to a personal injury lawsuit. Whereas a personal injury lawsuit allows the injured person to file a claim for compensation, wrongful death law recognizes that the injured person is not alive to file a claim and allows a personal representative of the deceased to file the lawsuit. In filing a wrongful death lawsuit, the personal representative of the deceased steps into the shoes, metaphorically speaking, of the deceased to bring a claim.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Pompano Beach?
Florida law only permits the personal representative of the deceased’s estate to file a lawsuit. Although the personal representative may be the one filing the claim, she or he will be seeking compensation on behalf of the surviving family members and other beneficiaries of the deceased.
Common Damages in a Pompano Beach Wrongful Death Claim
In a wrongful death lawsuit, surviving family members may be eligible to receive compensation for multiple losses associated with a wrongful death, including but not limited to:
- Medical and funeral expenses;
- Lost future wages of the deceased;
- Loss of the deceased’s companionship; and
- Mental pain and suffering.
Depending upon the facts of the case, it may be possible to seek punitive damages if the wrongful death resulted from intentional wrongdoing or gross negligence.
Pompano Beach Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits in Florida is two years. The clock will begin to tick on the date of the deceased’s death, and the claim must be filed within two years from that date.
Contact Our Pompano Beach Wrongful Death Attorneys
At Boone & Davis, we know how devastating it can be to lose a loved one in an accident. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys in Pompano Beach have more than 35 years of experience serving injury victims and their families in South Florida, and we can talk with you today about filing a wrongful death lawsuit. While we know it can be extremely difficult to consider the possibility of bringing a lawsuit while you are grieving the loss of your family member, we know that wrongful death claims provide families with the compensation they need while also holding the wrongdoer accountable. Contact Boone & Davis today for more information about filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida.