Boca Raton Wrongful Death Lawyer
When you lose a loved one, you are left with the emotional and financial trauma that the loss leaves behind. While some deaths are from natural causes, there are many families in Florida that lose their loved one because of someone else’s negligence.
The Boca Raton wrongful death lawyers at Leifer & Ramirez understand the financial and emotional difficulties of losing someone unexpectedly. When someone acts negligently and costs your family the life of a loved one, you may feel angry, confused, and unsure how to hold that person accountable for their actions. Our lawyers offer the legal counsel you need regarding your wrongful death case.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim can be filed by surviving family members or those who represent the estate of the individual that passed away. To file a wrongful death claim, you must prove that the individual died because of someone else’s misconduct, intention or negligence.
Some examples can include:
- Drunk driving car accidents
- Striking a pedestrian with a car
- Medical malpractice and medication errors
- Truck crashes
- Motorcycle accidents
- Dog attacks
A victim has the right to sue someone who has negligently harmed them. But, if they pass away because of their injuries, their surviving family members still hold that right.
Florida law allows family members to seek damages for the loss of their loved one through wrongful death claims – and also allows them justice by holding the responsible party accountable for their actions.
Proving Wrongful Death
You may recover damages in a wrongful death claim if you lose a loved one due to someone’s negligence. But, to file your claim, you must first establish that the defendant is liable for your loved one’s death.
This is where a lawyer can come into play. An attorney knows what elements are needed to prove a wrongful death claim – and can help investigate your claim to gather evidence proving your case.
To make your claim based on negligence, you will have to prove four things:
- The defendant had a duty to the deceased.
- The defendant breached their duty.
- The breach of duty is what caused the individual to die.
- The surviving family members have encountered damages because of the loss of their loved one.
Types of Damages You Can Recover in a Wrongful Death Case
While no amount of money can recoup the loss and grief of a loved one, families are entitled to recovering some damages in wrongful death cases. Some types of damages can include:
- Medical bills and expenses before the individual passed away
- Funeral or memorial costs
- Lost earning capacity (what the individual would have earned for income in his or her lifetime)
- Loss of financial support (especially if an individual left behind a spouse or children)
- Loss of companionship (specifically for spouses)
Surviving family members, such as parents, spouses, and children are eligible to collect damages in a wrongful death case.
Hire Experienced Boca Raton Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
Wrongful death claims are very complex and often difficult to prove. The defendant’s insurance company or attorneys will fight aggressively to prove that the victim didn’t die from their injuries – and it is the job of the Boca Raton wrongful death lawyers at Leifer & Ramirez to combat that.
We will not rest until those responsible for your loved one’s death are held accountable for their actions. You deserve compensation for your loss, and while we understand that there is no dollar amount that could ever make up for the loss of someone you loved, we want to make sure you are not suffering financially.
Contact the attorneys at Leifer & Ramirez today to start your free consultation. There is no obligation for meeting with us and we can meet with you wherever it is convenient. We offer several office locations and we can even come to you if you cannot meet with us here.