Answering your questions about wrongful death claims
Although many people are familiar with the concept of wrongful death, it continues to be a widely misunderstood area of the law. One of the things that people often find confusing about wrongful death is that it gives certain individuals the ability to file a legal claim on behalf of someone who has passed away. At GED Lawyers, LLP, our dedicated U.S. lawyers have years of experience representing the residents of Boca Raton in their wrongful death cases. In order to help you better understand what these types of cases entail, we’ve compiled a list of questions commonly asked about wrongful death claims, including:
- What is wrongful death?
- Who can file a wrongful death claim?
- What types of damages can I recover?
- How long do I have to file a wrongful death claim?
What is wrongful death?
Wrongful death is the death of an individual that is directly caused by the actions of another person, whether purposeful or negligent. Wrongful death is not a murder charge, however’ it is a civil action, while murder is a criminal matter.
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
Any dependent of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim. This right typically first goes to children and spouses of the deceased, followed by parents, siblings, and other relatives. Other parties, however, may also be eligible to pursue a wrongful death claim. In order to determine whether or not you can file a wrongful death claim on another’s behalf, please contact one of our experienced attorneys today.
What types of damages can I recover?
The damages that you can recover depend on the circumstances of your loved one’s death. Typical wrongful death damages include:
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Loss of guidance
- Loss of companionship
- Punitive damages
How long do I have to file a wrongful death claim?
If you are considering filing a wrongful death claim, time is of the essence, as Florida only allows parties two years to do so. Therefore, if you are considering filing a wrongful death claim, you should contact an experienced Boca Raton wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may lose your opportunity for compensation.
Contact our compassionate Boca Raton wrongful death lawyers today for a free case review
At GED Lawyers, LLP, we are proud to represent individuals and families who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to the negligence or carelessness of another. If you’ve recently lost a family member, please call us immediately at 561-995-1966 or use our online contact form to speak with one of our dedicated attorneys today. The case review is free.