A wrongful death can occur when a person, business or government entity is negligent and causes an injury that results in the death of someone. Florida Statutes section 768.19 controls any wrongful death action that is brought in the state. Here at the Law office of Buchalter Hoffman and Dorchak, we accept wrongful death cases in Miami-Dade County, Broward County and throughout Florida.
TYPES OF WRONGFUL DEATH CASES
A variety of case types are covered by Florida’s wrongful death statute. Those include but are not limited to the following:
- Auto, truck and motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Bus, boat, train and airplane crashes
- Nursing home negligence and abuse
- Amusement park accidents
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice
WHO CAN BRING A FLORIDA WRONGFUL DEATH ACTION?
The decedent’s estate is allowed to bring a Florida wrongful death action through the personal representative of the estate. He or she might also be able to bring an action on behalf of the estate’s survivors. Those survivors could include the following individuals:
- The spouse of the decedent
- The children of the decedent
- His or her parents
- Specified blood relatives
RECOVERABLE DAMAGES IN FLORIDA WRONGFUL DEATH CASES
The damages that a person might be awarded in a wrongful death case depend on whether he or she is categorized as a beneficiary of the decedent’s estate or a survivor of the decedent. Some types of damages are strictly defined and others are left to broad interpretation. Recoverable damages are different in every wrongful death case. A respected wrongful death attorney at the BHD Law Firm is highly qualified to advise you on what damages the decedent’s estate or survivors can pursue.
If a member of your family perished as a result of the negligence of another person, business or a government entity, contact us at the BHD Law Firm, and you can arrange for a free consultation and case review. If we’re retained, no legal fees will be due unless we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf. There are time limitations on these types of cases which is why it is important to contact an attorney sooner rather than later.