Wellington Wrongful Death Lawyer
One of the most shocking and painful experiences a person may ever go through is losing a family member unexpectedly in an accident. While death in an inevitable part of life, death as a result of a preventable accident certainly is not. At the office of Smith & Ball Injury Law, our Wellington wrongful death lawyers understand how devastating the wrongful death of a loved one is. If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by the fault of another party, our lawyers can help you. Call our Wellington wrongful death lawyers directly to learn more about your options and to schedule a free consultation.
What Is a Wrongful Death Action?
A wrongful death action is a civil claim in which damages are pursued against one party (the defendant) for causing the death of another. A wrongful death is similar to a personal injury action, but for the fact that injuries sustained by the victim resulted in death. Under Florida law, an action for wrongful death may be brought when the wrongful act, negligence, breach of contract, or default of one party leads to the death of another.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims
A wrongful death claim may be filed anytime that a person’s negligence or wrongful act leads to the death of another. Common types of accidents that give cause for wrongful death actions include:
- Car accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Premises liability cases;
- Products liability cases;
- Medical malpractice;
- Boating accidents;
- Truck accidents; and
Damages Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Suit
In a Wellington wrongful death action, damages may be recovered on the behalf of the decedent’s estate and surviving family members. Both economic damages and noneconomic damages are recoverable, including medical costs incurred by the decedent prior to death, the value of lost wages and earnings of the decedent, funeral and burial expenses, emotional pain and suffering, loss of companionship and guidance, loss of parental care, and the value of services and support the decedent provided to surviving family members.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
While a person may have grounds to file a wrongful death claim when the wrongful or negligent act leads to another’s death, only certain parties can bring forth these types of civil suits. In fact, only the personal representative of the decedent’s estate may file a wrongful death claim, although the claim will be filed on the behalf of the decedent’s spouse, children, parents, or another party who was dependent on the decedent.
Call Smith & Ball Injury Law Today
At Smith & Ball Injury Law, our lawyers understand what you’re going through and the pain you’re experiencing after losing a loved one. We understand that the idea of filing a civil action may feel overwhelming, and that you may not know where to start. When you choose to work with our Wellington wrongful death lawyer, you can count on us to put you first, aggressively pursue a settlement that’s fair, and dedicate the necessary resources to your claim. Please call us today for a free consultation.