Boca Raton Wrongful Death LawyerMarch 21, 2013
The loss of a loved one can be devastating, especially when the loss is due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct. In addition to emotional pain, you may be left with medical bills, funeral costs and other financial worries. You may wonder how you will make it through this difficult time and how you can hold the negligent party accountable for the loss of your loved one. While nothing can undo the tragedy you’ve suffered, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to help you recover certain damages such as funeral expenses and pain and suffering. If you’ve lost a family member and believe their death was due to someone else’s negligence, contact a Boca Raton wrongful death lawyer at Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. We can investigate the circumstances of your loved one’s death to determine whether a wrongful death lawsuit should be filed and what damages you may be entitled to.
What is a wrongful death?
A wrongful death occurs when the negligence or misconduct of one person or entity causes the death of someone else. Common causes of wrongful death include car and truck accidents, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, accidents at work, medical malpractice, and defective drugs or other products. An experienced attorney or wrongful death lawyer can determine whether the loss of your loved one qualifies as a wrongful death.
Who can file and what damages can I seek?
The surviving family members of a wrongful death victim may file a lawsuit to seek compensation for damages caused by the death. This usually includes a spouse, parent or child of the deceased; however, other family members may file if they were dependent on the deceased for emotional or financial support. Typical damages include medical and funeral expenses, but may also include mental pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of income and more. Sometimes, the court may decide the responsible party acted recklessly or intentionally, or was grossly negligent, and you could be awarded punitive damages. Punitive damages act to deter similar behavior in the future and are meant to punish the responsible party.
How long do I have to file?
In Florida, you typically have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit starting from the date of the death. There are a few circumstances which allow you to pursue a claim after two years; however, it is in your best interest to pursue your claim as soon as possible. If you do not file in time, you may permanently lose your right to file a claim.
Contact a Boca Raton Wrongful Death Lawyer
If you’ve lost a family member and you believe their death was caused by someone else’s negligence, contact a Boca Raton wrongful death lawyer at Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. If you choose us to represent you, we can provide a thorough review of the accident and take legal action against the negligent party if necessary. Contact us today for a free consultation. We will do everything we can to help you through this difficult time.
Ruben E. Socarras, Esq., managing member of the firm that is based in Boca Raton, Florida, is an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney focusing his practice in the areas civil litigation, wrongful death, catastrophic and personal injury law, among other areas of law. The AV® Preeminent™ designation is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating based on a legal professional’s skills and ethics. Please contact our firm today for more information about how we can assist you with your accident case at 561-361-1000, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit our website at www.msglaw.com.
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