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When the negligence, recklessness, or outright misconduct or malice of another person or organization claims the life of your loved one, it can be incredibly difficult to pick up the pieces. You are most likely not only coping with the loss of your loved one, but trying to figure out how this preventable accident could have happened and whether or not the responsible party is being held legally accountable.
In some cases, the responsible party may be facing criminal charges for their actions. However, even if the party is found guilty, you and your family will not necessarily receive the full reparations that you deserve. If you have been burdened with funeral expenses, outstanding medical bills, and other costs associated with the death of your loved one, the most direct route to justice and compensation may be to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Though a wrongful death suit cannot bring back your loved one, it may ease the associated financial losses and serve justice on behalf of the deceased.
Wrongful death lawsuits can be complex, and you should not have to go through the process of filing a claim and presenting your case on your own. The Law Office of Andrew Winston can help you during this difficult time. Our attorneys are skilled trial lawyers who have helped numerous clients recover the compensation they need through settlements and verdicts in wrongful death cases. Let our compassionate and diligent legal team fight on your behalf.
If you are considering filing a claim in Florida, you may be wondering whether your loved one’s death falls into the category of wrongful death. Wrongful death claims are filed for a wide range of fatal accidents, and they are successful when the plaintiff is able to prove that another person or entity was legally responsible, either through their actions or inactions, for the death of the plaintiff’s loved one.
We have listed a few of the most common types of wrongful death cases below, but the best way to determine if you have a strong case is to talk to a personal injury attorney at the Law Office of Andrew Winston.
Motor vehicle accidents. Whether your loved one was in a passenger vehicle, on a bike, or on foot, they deserve justice if they were killed by a driver who was distracted, fatigued, intoxicated, or just plain reckless. Your attorney will closely investigate the circumstances of the case to determine why the accident occurred and who may be responsible.
Defective product accidents. In some cases, a wrongful death is caused by a product manufacturer or distributor rather than an individual. Defective products can include things such as vehicle parts (such as the faulty ignition switches in certain GM vehicles that resulted in multiple fatal accidents), toys and other children’s products, or even prescription drugs that do not clearly outline instructions or side effects.
Workplace accidents. According to OSHA, 4,405 workers were killed on-the-job in 2013. While some of these deaths occurred in industries that have a higher-than-average risk for injuries, such as construction, fatal workplace accidents can occur anywhere. If your loved one died at their Florida workplace because someone else failed to follow work protocol or because work equipment was not properly maintained, talk to a wrongful death attorney.
Medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is a much bigger problem than most people think and is the third leading cause of death in the US, behind only heart disease and cancer. Examples of medical malpractice include diagnosis errors, surgery errors, and prescription errors. Contact a medical malpractice attorney at the Law Office of Andrew Winston to learn more.
Wrongful death claims include every type of accidental death, regardless of the specific cause, and it is not uncommon for grieving families to choose to file a wrongful death suit for the sole purpose of ensuring that the offending party, or parties, will not cause the same harm to another person in the future.
Money is not the only motivating factor in wrongful death cases; in fact, it often is not a motivating factor at all. However, the monetary losses associated with wrongful death can be devastating, especially if the deceased was the primary breadwinner, and families deserve to be compensated financially in addition to getting closure and holding the responsible party accountable.
Surviving family members may be compensated on various levels, which may include:
A wrongful death case is both highly sensitive and highly complex. You need a Florida attorney who will not only be attentive and engaged with you and your family throughout the process, but who has the experience and resources necessary to skillfully and diligently pursue the claim. Because proving the circumstances of the death is often difficult and time-consuming, you need an attorney who can dedicate the time to your case that you and your family deserve rather than just adding you to a busy caseload. You will find that kind of compassion and dedication at the Law Office of Andrew Winston.
Our trial lawyers are strong advocates for surviving family members who have lost a loved one. We offer years of experience and a track record of successful settlements and verdicts, so you can rest easy knowing you are in capable hands.
We urge you to contact the Law Office of Andrew Winston if you believe that your loved one’s death may merit a wrongful death claim. When you reach out to us, we will schedule a free initial consultation so that you can meet with a qualified wrongful death attorney to discuss the details of your case. If you and your attorney decide the case is worth pursuing, your attorney will work assiduously to recover the compensation that you and your family need and show the responsible party that there are serious consequences for their actions.
You can contact us by calling 866-306-9606 (toll free) or 954-606-6606 (South Florida). You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our online contact form, and someone from our law firm will respond to you promptly.