If your family member passed away because of an outside party’s negligence, you could recover damages for pain and suffering, lost income, and more. A Pembroke Pines wrongful death lawyer with Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can seek damages for you.
What Is Wrongful Death and How Can My Family Pursue Compensation From One?
Florida Statutes § 768.19 defines wrongful death as any death that results from a wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract. In some cases, wrongful death is a crime, for example, when one person intentionally murders another. Other times, wrongful death is a tragic accident, such as a death from a car accident.
Here are some common types of wrongful death cases:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Boating accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
When one person causes a wrongful death through careless or reckless behavior, they might not commit a crime. They have a civil responsibility for expenses related to the death, though. The team at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can investigate your accident to look for evidence of negligence and help you identify and take action against the responsible party.
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How Much Is My Wrongful Death Case Worth?
Each wrongful death case is different, and the value varies from case to case. Some factors can affect how much your case is worth. These include:
- The age of your loved one
- His or her income
- The expenses associated with the death and related injuries
Our lawyer will investigate your case, collecting evidence related to the incident and subsequent expenses. We will then estimate the full value of your damages.
Florida Statutes § 768.21 describes the damages that may be available to survivors. You could recover an award for your:
- Medical expenses: You may recover the cost of care your family member received before he or she passed away. Eligible expenses include ambulance rides, emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging, surgeries, and more.
- Pain and suffering: The surviving spouse, minor children, parents of a minor child, or parents of an adult child with no other survivors may seek damages for pain and suffering.
- Loss of companionship and protection: The surviving spouse may seek compensation for this lost relationship.
- Loss of parental guidance, companionship, and instruction: Minor children, or adult children when there is no surviving spouse, may seek compensation for the loss of a parental relationship.
- Loss of support and services: Survivors may recover loss of income and services such as household maintenance, chores, childcare dating from the date of the incident, and projected losses for the future.
- Funeral expenses: The family member (or members) who paid for expenses such as the funeral, burial, casket, embalming, cremation, and more can recover these costs.
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How Our Lawyers Can Help You with Your Pembroke Pines Wrongful Death Case
Losing a family member is always painful, and a wrongful death case compounds that pain. Our lawyer can take over the burden of dealing with the responsible party and his insurance provider so you can mourn your loved one.
Here are some ways we can help:
Investigate the Incident That Led to Your Loved One’s Death
We will investigate the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death and gather evidence of negligence. This evidence may include:
- Pictures of the scene
- Police reports
- Eyewitness statements
- Toxicology reports
Estimate the Value of Your Damages
We will use evidence such as medical bills and records, funeral and burial expenses, past wage statements, and more to estimate how much your case is worth.
Handle All Insurance Matters
We will communicate with the insurance provider on your behalf, file an insurance claim, submit supporting documents, and negotiate a settlement.
Sue the At-fault Party
While we work hard to settle out of court, litigation is the best way to obtain fair compensation in some cases. Your lawyer can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party and represent you in court.
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Our Results for Wrongful Death Cases That We Secured for Past Clients
No amount of money can ever replace your family member. However, you could hold the liable party accountable by seeking compensation from them for their negligence. We help families seek justice on behalf of their loved ones and move forward with their lives.
Here are some examples of our case results in wrongful death cases:
- $1.0 million settlement for an automobile accident fatality case
- $500,000 settlement for a recreational accident that resulted in death
These cases are just some of the cases we have successfully resolved. Our team will always strive to get our clients the best possible outcome.
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Keep the Florida Wrongful Death Time Limits in Mind to Protect Your Case
Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d) establishes the statute of limitations for wrongful death at two years. This law means that you must sue the at-fault party no later than two years from the date your loved one passed away, which may not be the same as the date of the incident. If you wait any longer, you forfeit your right to sue.
Florida Statutes § 95.051 presents some exceptions to the statute of limitations. Our lawyer serving Pembroke Pines will examine your wrongful death case for any exceptions and file your lawsuit before the deadline.
Our Firm Knows how Often Negligence Takes the Lives of Floridians
In June 2021, the Champlain Tower South in Surfside collapsed and killed 98 people. Fox 4 reports that the National Institute of Standards and Technology continues to investigate why the building collapsed.
Some families of the deceased victims have already filed lawsuits alleging negligence by the condo association, the property manager, and an engineering firm. All of these parties should have protected the building’s residents.
The condo collapse is a tragic example of wrongful death on a massive scale, but it is a tragedy any time someone dies because of another person’s negligence.
We Are Ready to Represent You in a Wrongful Death Case
If your family member passed away because of another person’s negligence, you could recover financial compensation from the liable party. Our lawyer working with Pembroke Pines families could help you seek wrongful death damages for medical expenses, lost income, and more.
Call Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers today at (855) 529-0269 for a free case evaluation. Because we work on contingency, our wrongful death legal team collects no fees unless we win your case.
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