Articles Posted in Wrongful Death

Unfortunately, many people throughout Florida and the United States engage in distracted driving every year by using their cellphones when they are behind the wheel. Despite texting and driving being illegal in the state of Florida, it continues to be a huge problem throughout the state. If you or someone you know has been hurt in an automobile accident, an experienced Miami injury lawyer can help assess the merits of your case and inform you of your options.

When a cell phone is the potential cause of an accident, it is common for parties to request cell phone records. In Antico v. Sindt Trucking, Inc., the court addressed the question of when a party asks to examine the content of the phone.

The facts of the case are as follows. The case was a wrongful death action brought by the widower and personal representative of the estate of a woman who was killed in a truck accident. The defendants alleged that the decedent was partially at fault because she was on her iPhone at the time of the accident. The plaintiffs objected, using privacy rights under the state constitution as the basis for their objection. Continue Reading ›

In Estate of McCall v. Unites States of America, the Florida Supreme Court struck down the cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits ruling it a violation of the State Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.

Noneconomic damages typically consist of nonmonetary damages the victim has suffered such as pain and suffering, physical impairment, mental anguish, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment and other losses that do not directly relate to pecuniary losses.

In 2003, the Florida legislature had passed a statute limiting the noneconomic damages plaintiffs could recover in medical malpractice cases. Under the statute, claimants could recover $500,000 or $1,000,000 in certain circumstances such as a wrongful death case. Continue Reading ›

If you’ve unexpectedly lost a loved one in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand that the sudden death of a relative can be extremely traumatizing for families experiencing the loss. We aim to help families get the maximum compensation possible under the law. While no amount of money can ever make up for the harm, compensation can help ease the financial burdens that accompany such a loss.

Wrongful death cases can arise from a number of situations, including:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Airplane accidents
  • Work-related deaths
  • Death caused by defective products
  • Medical malpractice
  • Death caused by dangerous property conditions

If a person is killed due to the negligence of another person, surviving family members of the decedent can file a wrongful death lawsuit on the decedent’s behalf. In the state of Florida, only certain close relatives of a person are able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, individuals may bring a wrongful death claim if they are related to the decedent in one of the following ways: Continue Reading ›

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