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Wrongful Death

Wrongful death occurs when a person is killed as the result of reckless or negligent behavior of another individual, employer, company, or entity. Wrongful death is defined as a death that was unintentional and could have been avoided with proper attention. A wrongful death lawsuit is typically brought by an immediate family member of the deceased victim and charged against the person who caused the death.

Wrongful death cases can result from:

  • Medical malpractice
  • A car, motorcycle, or airplane accident
  • Exposure to hazardous substances or conditions
  • Workplace injury

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Conditions needed to claim wrongful death:

  • Proof that the death of a human being was the direct cause of someone‚Äôs negligence or carelessness
  • Surviving family member to bring a claim
  • Statute of Limitations: This is the time limit for bringing a wrongful death lawsuit to court. It is best to consult your local lawyer for exact details on the Statute of Limitations for your case in Broward County.

Recoverable damages for a wrongful death:

Any wrongful death case is an extremely difficult situation for family members to undergo. The recoverable damages in a wrongful death case include:

  • Medical and funeral expenses (all expenses directly associated with death)
  • Loss of earnings (potential)
  • Loss of benefits (health and medical)
  • Loss of inheritance due to untimely death
  • Loss of care, protection and companionship to survivors
  • Punitive damages, if the conduct was intentional, malicious or egregious

What to do next?

If a loved one has died due to the negligent actions of an individual, employer, or entity, you should contact a local Broward County lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights. Consulting with a lawyer is a simple step which will help you understand the value of your case and alleviate the burden of navigating the complex legal process. 

 

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