If you have lost a loved one whose death was caused by another’s negligence, then you may have a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death lawsuits can be complicated and determining what amount constitutes a fair settlement is not always simple to compute. To understand your options and to increase your chances of recovering a fair settlement, you should contact the North Miami FL wrongful death attorneys from Buchalter Hoffman & Dorchak.
What qualifies for a wrongful death lawsuit?
If a person dies as a result of wrongful or negligent conduct of another person, then it could give rise to a wrongful death claim. Proving the negligent conduct is not always easy, so it may necessitate identifying specific evidence. Some examples of behavior that could be considered negligent includes:
Traffic violations (speeding, reckless driving, following too closely, running stop signs, etc)
Malpractice by a medical professional
Failure of a property owner to protect against hazards
In addition to showing negligence, you must also be able to show that the negligent behavior caused the death. This may require expertise from medical professionals. An autopsy may also help determine that the act caused the person’s death.
To prove the elements of a wrongful death case, you should consult with an attorney.
What types of damages can be recovered in a wrongful death case?
Compensation may be recovered for a variety of reasons in a wrongful death case. This may include reimbursement for out of pocket expenses (e.g., medical bills, funeral expenses), loss of earnings, and compensation for certain family members. Determining the amount that should be awarded varies in each case, so you should contact an attorney to learn more about what to expect.
The North Miami FL wrongful death attorneys from Buchalter Hoffman & Dorchak are available to provide legal advice and representation for your case. Contact us to schedule a consultation.