When negligence causes the death of a loved one, handling the details of filing a wrongful death claim for a settlement in Florida can seem overwhelming and perhaps even unimportant in scope when compared with your need to grieve and mourn your loss.
But when the medical expenses of your loved one have left you with a teetering pile of medical expenses, or when you’re suddenly without the primary family earner, you could be facing a lifetime of financial hardship without the proper legal action.
A wrongful death claim is your opportunity to hold those liable for the death of your loved one both morally and legally accountable for their actions, and an injury lawyer in Florida may be able to help you.
You’ve Decided to File a Wrongful Death Claim – now what?
Any Florida injury lawyer who claims to know the exact value of your wrongful death claim (or worse, guarantees a certain value for your wrongful death claim) should be approached with extreme skepticism. Determining the value of any claim is a particularly difficult and delicate matter, and even more so for wrongful death claims that may have involved long terms of hospitalization, extensive surgeries, and unquantifiable pain and suffering.
On the whole, however, you can generally expect to be compensated for the following:
- loss of consortium, companionship, care, and affection;
- loss of economic support in the form of wages and future earning capacity;
- punitive damages in the case of exceptional malfeasance or informed negligence;
- economic damages for medical expenses, funeral costs, and other quantifiable and incurred fees; and
- the pain and suffering of the decedent; and more.
Fully determining the approximate value of your claim is a complex matter, but a Florida injury lawyer can help you sum up all of the damages that you and your family have incurred, as well as provide a valuation of future damages not yet incurred.
This calculation is never easy and requires acute attention to detail and thorough understanding of, and appreciation for, the laws. Although it is possible to provide an approximate estimation of the anticipated value of a claim based on previous experience and prevailing case law, never trust an attorney who guarantees you a certain amount the moment you walk in before he or she has looked at the specific facts and details surrounding your case.
You can schedule a free consultation to receive an evaluation of your wrongful death claim settlement from an injury lawyer.
When You Need Help from a Florida Wrongful Death or Injury Lawyer
A loved one’s death in Florida can completely change your life. When someone else’s negligence leads to your injuries, you shouldn’t be forced into shouldering the financial burden. To learn more about your rights, you’ll need help from a personal injury attorney you can trust. Before you accept any settlement offers, contact the Fort Lauderdale personal injury claim lawyers at Falk & Falk, P.A. for a free case consultation – 305-279-0999.