Boynton Beach Wrongful Death Lawyers
The most severe and devastating accidents are those that result in a fatality.
Losing a loved one is a tragedy, especially when someone else’s negligence caused the death.
If you’ve lost a family member due to a pedestrian, bicycle, car, truck, or other motor vehicle accident, the aftermath is unavoidably traumatic.
Wrongful death caused by a slip and fall accident or trip and fall accident due to the negligence of a third party is also devastating.
It may feel wrong to think about money in such tragic circumstances. Determining liability may not be something you want to deal with in the immediate aftermath. However, it’s essential to understand that wrongful death claims can help to ease the loss for your grieving family.
The death of a family member can have a ripple effect on household income, residence, and emotional well-being.
Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers will help your family pursue justice and receive compensation for the loss of your loved one.
Give us a call to speak with a Boynton Beach wrongful death attorney about your case.
What to Do If Your Family Member Is a Wrongful Death Victim in Boynton Beach?
Under Florida law, wrongful death occurs when an individual dies due to someone else’s negligence or wrongful act. Causes of death can include car, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, or even an intentional act.
According to the statute of limitations in Florida, the deceased’s relatives can file a wrongful death lawsuit up to two years from the date of the person’s death.
You need to take timely legal action by contacting an expert attorney and filing a wrongful death claim.
No one wants to think about losing a loved one to wrongful death.
But if the unthinkable does happen, you need to know what to do.
No doubt you have countless questions following the passing of a loved one due to an accident or negligence…
Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers are here to answer every one of them.
Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents or slip and fall/trip and fall accidents are among the most common causes of wrongful death lawsuits.
Read on to learn more.
Fatal Car, Pedestrian, and Other Motor Vehicle Accidents
Car accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States. The broad definition of car accidents includes pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, truck, and other fatalities involving motorized vehicles.
Car wrecks and collisions occur for many reasons, among them:
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Driving while under the influence
- Failing to obey traffic laws
When a loved one passes due to a car accident, the victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the liable party. Get in touch with us to learn more.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can be fatal. Even when they don’t result in death, the consequences are life-altering. People may face brain injuries, broken bones, or paralysis.
Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents usually occur when establishments fail to adequately maintain the premises, warn visitors of faulty or slippery floors, or provide adequate lighting.
Trip and Fall Accidents
Trip and fall accidents are sometimes mistaken for being the same as slip and fall accidents, but there are notable legal distinctions. Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers specializes in representing victims of both slip and fall and trip and fall accidents.
Trip and fall accidents typically occur when an object on the ground prevents a person from being able to put one foot in front of the other — usually causing them to topple forward.
By contrast, slip and fall accidents typically result from a lack of friction between a person’s feet and the walking surface.
Slip and fall accidents usually result in a person falling backward, while trip and fall cases primarily result in an individual toppling forward.
If you’ve lost a family member due to a fall down accident, the distinction may seem trivial. But it’s crucial to have Boynton Beach legal representation that understands the difference between the types of fall down cases and knows how to pursue the best result for you and your loved ones.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Under Florida Statute 768.21, the settlement awarded depends on the person’s relationship to the deceased.
Any relatives who suffered financial and emotional impacts can file a claim.
Claimants can include the following:
- Blood relatives
- Adoptive siblings
Get in touch with a Boynton Beach wrongful death attorney to review your case.
What Kind of Damages Can Be Claimed in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Boynton Beach?
If your loved one has been a victim of wrongful death, you may be entitled to compensation for emotional and economic impact.
The most common damages sought by surviving claimants include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Payment of medical bills incurred due to negligence
- Pain and suffering caused to the survivors of the deceased
The claimants may also file a survival action in conjunction with a wrongful death claim. This action would include damages that the victim sustained between the time of injury and their death.
Why Choose Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers?
Navigating the intricate waters of a wrongful death lawsuit can be overwhelming. Don’t go through the process alone. Our team is here to answer every one of your questions while explaining the claim process step-by-step.
We won’t bombard you with legal terms you don’t understand. Instead, we guide you through every step of the process.
Our team of Boynton Beach wrongful death lawyers has over 100 years of experience building winning cases for our clients.
If it is determined that a lawsuit and a trial is the best avenue for a particular case, the trial team at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers is led by a Florida board-certified civil trial lawyer.
Only 1% of all lawyers are board-certified in this area.
In order to become board certified in civil trial law, a lawyer must have successfully tried numerous cases in front of a jury to a verdict, continually take many extra hours of classes, pass a rigorous exam, and be positively reviewed by other Florida attorneys and judges.
Once becoming board certified, a lawyer is legally allowed to be called an “expert” in civil trial law. Our team will work day and night to bring you the compensation you and your family deserve.
We have an extensive track record of holding the parties responsible for wrongful death accountable in the courtroom and delivering favorable results for our clients.
We’ve also settled cases worth many millions of dollars without ever stepping foot in the courthouse.
Brian D. Guralnick always acts in the best interests of our clients — whether that means taking the case to court or negotiating a favorable settlement.
Don’t just take our word for it. Our past performance speaks for itself. We have hundreds of happy clients and will continue to serve the Boynton Beach area to the best of our abilities.
We’re so confident we can win your case that you won’t pay anything unless we win.
Call Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation
If you’ve lost a family member due to someone else’s negligence, get in touch with our team of wrongful death attorneys today. We understand no amount of money will bring back your loved ones. However, we can help you and your family through the financial burden by filing a wrongful death claim.
Get in touch with our team at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers to review your case.
We don’t charge a consultation fee. We want to hear your story and walk you through your options.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the Difference Between Wrongful Death and Survival Action?
Wrongful death refers to a person who passes away due to someone else’s negligence. It means the surviving relatives may be entitled to receive compensation for their death’s emotional and financial impact.
Survival action means the surviving relatives of a deceased person are entitled to receive compensation that the person would have received if they had lived.
For instance, let’s say a pedestrian is involved in a car crash. The collision causes a dislocated shoulder which later requires surgery. Following the surgery, the person passes away due to a heart attack. Relatives may claim damages for the deceased’s pain and suffering from the time of the injury until their death.
How Do You Prove Wrongful Death?
To prove wrongful death, you must have solid evidence that the individual’s passing resulted from the carelessness or negligence of another person. There needs to be evidence of a breach of duty and quantifiable damages.
For instance, a medical doctor has the duty to maintain a person’s health. A breach of duty would constitute negligent actions. The doctor might have ignored glaring medical issues, mixed up prescriptions, etc.
Finally, the victim’s death must be shown to have generated quantifiable damages. Damages may include medical expenses, loss of income, burial costs, hospitalizations, pain and suffering, and more.
Unfortunately, the burden is on the victim’s family or plaintiff to prove that a defendant breached the duty. Establishing this requires convincing evidence.
An experienced wrongful death attorney will help you build your case.
Does Insurance Cover Wrongful Death?
Insurance may cover some parts of a wrongful death claim. Insurance companies should cover wrongful death under the policy’s liability section if the claimant can establish negligence.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are businesses and are out to make money. Typically, that means that they will attempt to pay you out the bare minimum in compensation.
Working with a team of quality lawyers increases your chances of getting the settlement you deserve.