Understanding Wrongful Death Claims in Florida

Categories: Wrongful Death Claims

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If you are grieving the untimely and unexpected loss of a loved one, we understand if the last thing you want to think getting into a legal battle or dealing with the insurance companies. No one deserves to die in an accident, and no family deserves to face the aftermath of someone else’s careless or selfish mistake.

But, the reality is that fatal accidents routinely leave loved ones with lasting emotional scars and financial expenses that are – in many cases – insurmountable. To avoid letting another’s mistake cause even more damage than it already has, the one thing you can do to protect yourself is stand up for your legal rights. At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we work as a team to handle our clients’ wrongful death claims completely, helping our clients Demand More® while allowing them the time they need to grieve with their families.

What to Expect During Your Wrongful Death Claim

In some ways, filing a wrongful death claim is similar to filing a claim for a personal injury. In fact, in order to be able to pursue a claim for wrongful death, you must be able to demonstrate that your loved one’s injuries would have supported a personal injury claim had he or she survived. Certain elements of wrongful death and personal injury compensation awards are similar, as well. For example, in a claim for wrongful death, you can seek compensation for your loved one’s lost income and medical expenses just as a surviving accident victim can when pursuing full financial compensation for his or her accident-related losses.

However, there are a number of ways in which wrongful death claims are unique as well. Perhaps most importantly, if you are eligible for wrongful death compensation, you cannot file your wrongful death claim directly. Under ’s wrongful death statute, any claims must be filed on behalf of the decedent’s estate. As a result, pursuing a claim requires careful coordination between your chosen attorney and the estate’s personal representative to ensure that you and any other qualifying heirs will receive the compensation that you deserve.

Wrongful death claims are also unique from personal injury claims because family members can seek compensation for their own direct losses in addition to seeking compensation on behalf of their loved ones. These losses can include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Your own pain and suffering
  • Your loss of services, support, and companionship

Why You Don’t Want to Wait to File Your Wrongful Death Claim

If you are considering a claim for wrongful death, it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. From conducting an investigation to working with the decedent’s personal representative and dealing with the insurance companies, there is a lot that goes into successfully pursuing a claim for just compensation. Plus, the sooner you get started, the sooner you can begin to move on with your life. If you are worried that pursuing a claim will take time away from coping with the loss of your loved one, let our team show you what we can do to lift the burden from your shoulders.

Schedule a Free, No-Obligation Consultation at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers

For more information pursuing a wrongful death claim in Palm Beach County, please call our offices to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. We are here to help you, and we will do what it takes to help you Demand More® for your losses. To schedule an appointment in Palm Beach County, Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers online or call me, Brian D. Guralnick, personally at 561.202.MORE (6673) today.

Disclaimer: The information in this blog is not intended, and must not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. If you need advice on specific legal issues, please consult with a licensed Personal Injury attorney.