West Palm Beach Fatal Car Accident Lawyer
A car accident that takes the life of a loved one is devastating. If a negligent driver caused the fatal accident, you’ll want to know the right steps to take to hold that person accountable.
If you were involved in the accident, you are likely facing expensive bills and tremendous physical and emotional pain. But you shouldn’t be held responsible for shouldering the burden of both your grief and recovery.
The attorneys with the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo will fight for justice for you and your loved one.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death?
In Florida, the personal representative of a deceased person’s estate can file a wrongful death claim. The representative files a claim on behalf of anyone in the deceased’s family who is affected by his or her death.
People who are eligible for damages include the spouse, children, parents, and any blood relative or sibling by adoption who received financial support from the deceased.
Under Florida law, you have two years from the date of the crash to file a wrongful death claim.
The weeks and months after a car accident that results in a wrongful death are incredibly difficult, but it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to boost your chance of filing a successful claim.
Causes of Fatal Accidents
Your lawyer will fight to hold the other driver accountable by showing that the accident was the result of someone else’s negligence. A negligent driver or third party could have caused the fatal car accident in several ways:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Defective auto part
Settlements in Wrongful Death Cases
The loss of a loved one can be a major emotional and financial blow to a family. Your attorney will fight for a settlement that awards you full damages after a car accident that results in wrongful death.
Damages may include the following:
- Medical and Funeral Expenses – Medical expenses after a car accident can pile up quickly, and funerals can cost thousands of dollars.
- Lost Income – If the deceased expected to retire in ten years, for example, a settlement could award you ten years’ worth of the income your loved one would have earned.
- Loss of Companionship – Companionship and guidance from your loved one come to an abrupt halt after a fatal car crash.
- Emotional Pain – Losing a loved one can cause extreme emotional suffering. Your settlement may account for that.
- Value of Services and Support – Family members support each other in a multitude of ways. The family members who survived the fatal accident are now without the services and support of the family member who died.
Contact an Attorney Now
Your lawyer can’t bring back your loved one, but he can raise your chances of receiving financial justice for the negligence that took your loved one too soon.
In the wake of a devastating event like this, turn to a West Palm Beach fatal car accident lawyer with the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo. Call us today at 561-659-6366 or fill out our online contact form at the bottom of this page to schedule a consultation.