A wrongful death occurs when a person dies as a result of another party’s negligent, intentional or accidental actions or omissions. A wrongful death claim can stem from numerous forms of death, regardless of the cause. Such incidents and accidents are those involving motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, or slip and fall accidents.
When a wrongful death ensues, certain members of the decedent’s family may have the grounds to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party, including the decedent’s spouse, children, or parents.
While nothing can make up for the loss of a loved one, compensation from a wrongful death claim covers the surviving family member’s economic and non-economic losses to the fullest extent of the law. Financial compensation can cover related medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship, loss of future anticipated earnings, and even their pain and suffering. In certain instances, punitive damages may also be awarded if the victim’s wrongful death was caused by malicious or criminal behavior.
Those who lose a loved one may not prioritize taking legal action since they are still dealing with the emotions of the loss. It is crucial, however, that a decedent’s survivors consult with a good Okeechobee wrongful death lawyer as soon possible.
At The Law Offices of Philip DeBerard, we are aware of the various physical, emotional, psychological and financial difficulties that you and your family may be dealing with after the unexpected death of a family member. We offer free consultations, and provide services on a contingent basis so that you pay no fees and charges unless we win your case.
Call (863) 467-7100 today for a free and confidential consultation.