Losing someone you love can be a heartbreaking experience, which can feel even worse when the loss is unexpected. If your loved died as a result of someone else’s negligence or misconduct, you need to reach out to a trusted Miami wrongful death attorney who can help you navigate the legal process. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand how devastating enduring the death of a loved one can be, which is why we will deal with the legalities while you can focus on healing.
Last month, tennis star Venus Williams settled a lawsuit over a deadly crash that resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. At the time of the collision, the man suffered “massive” injuries and was rushed to the hospital where he died two weeks later as a result of them. According to law enforcement, an unknown third driver had cut off Williams as she tried to cross a six-lane road triggering a series of events that caused the accident. Williams was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing relating to the crash.
Wrongful Death Claims in Florida
While the case discussed above involves a wrongful death stemming from a car accident, the reality is that wrongful death can be caused by a variety of negligent acts such as: truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, medical negligence, pharmaceutical mistakes, workplace accidents and more.
Wrongful death takes place when someone dies as a result of the negligence, recklessness or misconduct of another. Under Florida law, any relative who was dependent on the deceased person for financial or emotional support can file a claim including spouses, children, parents and other relatives. It is important to note, however, that the personal representative of the estate has to be the one to file a claim.
Compensation for Wrongful Death Claims
While no amount of money can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, the compensation can help a family regain financial stability and move on with their lives. Typical damages that are available in a wrongful death case include, but are not limited to:
- Funeral and burial costs;
- Medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of companionship;
- Loss of care;
- Loss of inheritance.
Of course, the aforementioned list is not exhaustive. The exact amount of compensation you will be entitled to will vary based on the specifics of your case. In some cases, you may be entitled to punitive damages where the court finds that the at-fault party was intentionally or recklessly negligent in causing the death.
Dedicated Miami Wrongful Death Lawyers
The tragic loss of a loved one is incredibly painful for the family of the deceased. If you have lost someone you love in a preventable accident, let our seasoned Miami wrongful death attorneys handle your case. With extensive experience in this area of law, we will leave no stone unturned when it comes to holding the at-fault party accountable. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. For more information about your legal rights and options, please call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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