Has a family member recently died in an accident in Palm Beach Gardens, FL? While no amount of money can make up for your devastating loss, it can help in the years to come.
Wrongful death refers to a death that is the result of negligent, reckless, careless, or intentional conduct in any type of accident. In other words, it’s a death that could have been avoided but happened because another person failed to exercise a reasonable level of care.
When Does the Right to File a Wrongful Death Claim Arise?
Florida’s wrongful death law provides that an action can be brought if an accident victim would have had the right to sue, had they survived. In other words, if your family member hadn’t tragically been killed in the accident, they could have filed a personal injury lawsuit and sought compensation on their own.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In some states, family members can initiate a wrongful death action on their own. Florida is a little bit different. In the Sunshine State, the personal representative of the victim’s estate is the one who is legally permitted to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This is typically whoever is designated as the executor of the victim’s estate. If the victim dies intestate (without a will) a court will assign a personal representative. Many times, it’s a surviving spouse or child, anyway.
When filing a wrongful death claim, it can be brought on behalf of the victim’s estate and/or victim’s beneficiaries. That includes the spouse, children, and parents. It can also include anyone who can prove that they were financially dependent on the victim.
The experienced Palm Beach Gardens wrongful death lawyers at The Ledezma Law Firm can help you fight to secure compensation while holding the person responsible for this tragic accident accountable.
Contact our law office in Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach, Fort Lauderdale or Okeechobee Florida at (561) 454-9727 to discuss your delicate legal matter with our compassionate team. We are always here to provide you with unparalleled support and guidance when you need it most. Your first consultation, as always, is free.
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