West Palm Beach Wrongful Death Accidents
Losing a loved one is a devastating experience. When that death occurs for no reason other than another's negligence, the death can be even more heartbreaking and unbearable to face. To help you and your family recover compensation, a West Palm Beach wrongful death lawyer can assist you. Serving West Palm Beach, wrongful death attorney Jarrett Blakeley is only a phone call away.What Do I Have to Prove in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
During a wrongful death lawsuit, a plaintiff must prove that the death of the victim would not have occurred but for the wrongful or neglectful acts of the defendant. You, as the plaintiff, will also have to prove that you have suffered damages as a result of the victim's death. These damages may include medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income, and loss of guidance or companionship. It is important to note that if the victim in any way contributed to his or her own death, this may reduce the amount of compensation that is recoverable.How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Under 2015 Florida Statues Section 95.11, you have two years from the date of death to file your claim for damages. In some cases, this may be extended; however, the time limit may never exceed four years from the date of death. For assistance in ensuring that your wrongful death action is filed within the state's time frame, consult with West Palm Beach wrongful death attorneys as soon as possible after losing a family member.I'm Not an Immediate Family Member – Can I File a Lawsuit?
If you are not an immediate family member of the deceased (child, parent, or spouse), then you are barred from filing a wrongful death lawsuit unless you are the personal representative of the deceased. In the event that you are the personal representative of the deceased, then you may file a claim to recover compensation for the deceased's estate.What Damages Can I Recover?
Florida's wrongful death statute allows you to recover compensation for multiple losses that are associated with the deceased's death. This include compensation for:
- Your own pain and suffering
- The deceased's lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of parental guidance
- Loss of support
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of benefits that would have been earned had death not occurred
- Loss of earning potential
West Palm Beach wrongful death lawyers can help you to understand exactly what damages you may be entitled to, and how much your wrongful death lawsuit may be worth.Contact an Attorney Today
You do not want to wait to file your wrongful death claim. While we know that what you are going through is incredibly painful, if you do not take action soon, you may be permanently barred from recovering compensation. If you have lost a loved one in West Palm Beach, wrongful death attorney Jarrett Blakeley of the Blakeley Law Firm, P.A. is ready to get to work on your case today. You can call today for a free case consultation at 954-253-9445.