Fort Lauderdale Wrongful Death Lawyer
When you have lost a loved one because of another person’s careless actions, the wrongful death attorneys at Wolf & Pravato understand how important it is to focus on the relationships you have. From distracted driving accidents to medical malpractice to mesothelioma, our team has handled wrongful death suits like yours before and can help you seek the compensation your family deserves.
We Help Families in Fort Lauderdale Make Sense of Wrongful Death Cases
These cases are quite different from other areas of personal injury law, which means it’s easy to become confused, especially in the days following an unexpected tragedy. Here at Wolf & Pravato, our Fort Lauderdale lawyer team will take the time to make sure you understand the ins and outs of your case so you feel comfortable each step of the way.
For starters, the personal representative of the estate of a deceased victim is authorized to file a suit against those responsible for the person’s death. Liability may arise for negligent, reckless, and intentional acts.
A wrongful death action is separate from criminal charges. A lawsuit does not impact a criminal proceeding and vice versa. This means that a victim’s family may sue a defendant acquitted of murder for damages.
These actions may be brought for either an intentional or unintentional act that causes an injury that results in death.
Guiding You Through the Sensitive Issues: Wrongful Death Damages
We can help you determine the compensation you and your family are entitled to seek through a lawsuit. In general, damages permitted for these cases in Florida include medical, hospital, funeral, and burial expenses, as well as compensation for the decedent’s pain and suffering, during any period of consciousness between the time of injury and death.
Losses suffered by the decedent’s spouse, children, or next of kin may also be accounted for, and include:
- loss of financial support,
- loss of service,
- loss of gifts or other valuable gratuities,
- loss of parental training and guidance,and
- loss of society and companionship.
In these cases, unfortunately, there is sometimes jockeying between relatives to control the personal representative of the estate, such that they get to select the attorney and have greater influence over the distribution of any damages awarded. It can be very disruptive and unpleasant when families seem more concerned about how to divide the compensation than they are with the fact that they lost a loved one.
The wrongful death lawyers at Wolf and Pravato are here to offer guidance through these and all aspects of the suit, so that you can begin to move forward again.
We Represent Families in Fort Lauderdale in Wrongful Death Cases
The attorneys at Wolf and Pravato are based in Fort Lauderdale, but are here to help families of victims throughout South Florida. Justice is not automatic, so we are prepared to fight for you. Call us at 1-954-633-8270 today.