Fort Lauderdale Wrongful Death Attorney
The death of a family member because of another’s negligence, misconduct or malpractice is a serious blow. It is a fact that can be very hard to accept or understand. In addition to the emotional pain, the loss of a loved one can create a serious financial strain as well. While this damage cannot be undone, justice demands that the responsible party provide compensation to cover the additional expenses and other legal damages that have been incurred. Attorney Scott Newmark helps families in south Florida recover for the loss of a loved one so that they are not further financially burdened while learning to cope with their loss.
Florida Wrongful Death Law
The Florida legislature has enacted a statute that governs the rules for recovering compensation in a wrongful death action. Under this law, the personal representative of the deceased is authorized to bring a lawsuit against the person who caused the death through negligence or wrongful conduct. Any money recovered by the personal representative is distributed to the surviving family members, including the spouse, children, parents, and any other relatives who were dependent on the decedent for services and support.
Florida law recognizes that the death of a loved one places financial and emotional burdens on the surviving family members. All of the following damages may be recoverable in a wrongful death action, where applicable:
- Medical expenses which were incurred between the time of the injury and death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of earnings that the deceased would have contributed to the household
- The value of support and services which have been lost
- The loss of companionship of a spouse
- The loss of parental companionship, instruction and guidance for a child
- Mental pain and suffering of a spouse, children, or parents who lost a child
Wrongful death claims can be more difficult to prove than other personal injury claims, where the injury victim is usually able to tell what happened. This may not be the case in a matter of wrongful death. However, with nearly 30 years of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death matters in Florida, Scott Newmark knows the proper steps to take to build a strong, persuasive case that proves the defendant’s negligence and responsibility to pay for the damages caused.
Contact an Experienced and Compassionate Florida Wrongful Death Attorney
Even though this is a difficult time, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the death of a loved one. While you may have up to two years in which to file a claim, it is essential for your lawyer to go to work right away collecting important evidence before it becomes more difficult to obtain. Also, in your grief and mourning, you may forget to take the appropriate steps to secure your rights. It is best to let a trusted attorney take care of the legal matters for you, so you can concentrate on dealing with the loss in your family. In Fort Lauderdale and throughout south Florida, contact Scott Newmark of Carner, Newmark & Cohen, LLP for a free consultation regarding how we can help you to recover and move forward with your life. Call us at (954) 850-4977.