Money will not bring back your loved one. But in West Palm Beach, a wrongful death lawsuit offers some succour to grieving family members by holding the defendant to account. 

According to Florida statute, a wrongful death occurs when a person or entity causes another person’s death by a “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty”, such as: 

  • An incident resulting from negligence, for example a motor vehicle collision 
  • Medical malpractice or nursing home neglect that leads to death 
  • Unsafe working conditions that bring about death 
  • Unsafe premises that causes a death 
  • A defective or dangerous product that kills someone, or 
  • Children deaths that could have been prevented, or 
  • Accidental poisoning resulting in a death. 

Who Is Entitled To Wrongful Death Benefits?

While money will not bring back your loved one, compensation is meant to help to lessen the financial strain that stems from such a loss. The deceased’s estate (and surviving family members of the decedent) can seek compensation for: 

  • Medical, funeral, and burial expenses paid by family members/estate 
  • Pain and suffering and mental suffering of the decedent and possibly the decedent’s spouse, children, or parents 
  • Loss of companionship, protection, and guidance 
  • Loss of financial support and services. 
  • Future lost earnings of the victim and accumulation of value of the estate. 

In the state of Florida, the plaintiff in a wrongful death action is a personal representative who files on behalf of the deceased estate. If there is no will or estate plan, a personal representative will be appointed by the court in an intestate proceeding. 

If you are still unsure about who is entitled to wrongful death benefits, contact a wrongful death lawyer. 

Wrongful Death Attorneys in Palm Beach County 

At two (2) years, the typical statute of limitations for a wrongful death case in Florida is considerably shorter than that of other personal injury lawsuits. Despite the traumatic experience of unexpectedly losing a loved one, it is important to have your case filed in a timely manner. 

With nearly 30 years’ experience, Sokoloff & Weinstein, P.A., Attorneys at Law are ready to help you in getting the greatest amount of compensation feasible under the law. For more information and assistance in a wrongful death lawsuit, West Palm Beach, contact us today.