If you’ve lost someone in a fatal accident in or around the area of Boca Raton, FL, you might not know where to turn for help. The grieving process is difficult enough on its own. When you’re facing financial challenges on top of that grief, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. At Hollander Law Firm, P.A., our compassionate Boca Raton wrongful death lawyers can help make sure you’re protected financially. We can help you determine whether someone else’s negligence caused your loved one’s accident–and fight to hold that party accountable for medical expenses, lost earning potential, and more.
While nothing in your life may feel simple right now, getting legal help is available near you and is as simple as making a phone call. All you have to do is call to schedule a free consultation with us today.
How Hollander Law Firm, P.A., Can Help After a Fatal Accident in Boca Raton
Dealing with the emotional loss after a loved one dies can feel unbearable. You might also soon realize that you’ve lost your family member’s financial support, as well. While the concept of “letting go” is one we all have to learn to live with, you shouldn’t let careless parties off the hook for their negligence while you suffer the financial consequences.
For more than two decades, our experienced Boca Raton personal injury attorneys have focused solely on helping injured parties recover fair compensation. We’ve developed the kind of experience you want in your corner.
When you choose Hollander Law Firm, P.A., you can expect an attorney who will:
- Handle your case personally through all phases of the legal process
- Work with top experts to determine the cause of your loved one’s accident
- Identify all responsible parties and sources of compensation to get the maximum amount possible
- Thoroughly investigate, gathering all documents, videos, photos, and eyewitness statements to support your claim
- Apply an in-depth knowledge of the relevant laws to your case
- Negotiate with the insurance companies so that you can focus on helping your family recover
Our lawyers have a strong track record of success in negotiating fair settlement awards outside of court. We also have a track record of winning full and fair verdicts at trial–and we prepare every case as though we’ll litigate through to trial.
We know that a financial award can never bring your loved one back. We also know that your grief can be compounded by financial stress. Our lawyers are committed to getting justice for families who have lost their loved ones because of the careless acts of others.
To learn more about how we can help, call our experienced wrongful death attorneys nearby in Boca Raton for a 100% free consultation today. Our firm is now serving Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and South Florida clients who have suffered the death of a loved one due to the negligence of a third party.
How Do I Know if I Have a Wrongful Death Case?
You might have a wrongful death case if someone else’s intentional or careless acts caused an accident that killed your loved one. At Hollander Law Firm, P.A., we handle all cases stemming from the wrongful conduct of another person, including wrongful death caused by:
- Car accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- Bus accidents
- Premises liability, including slip and fall accidents, negligent security and more
- Defective products
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- And more
In most cases, the best way to learn whether you have a valid wrongful death claim is to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Our lawyers are here to listen to what happened, investigate, and give you our honest opinion about your options for recovering compensation.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Florida law gives a decedent’s surviving family members the right to file a lawsuit based on another party’s:
- Wrongful acts
- Breach of warranty or contract
Surviving parents, spouses, and children are all entitled to sue for damages under Section 768.18 of the wrongful death statute. Blood relatives who were dependent upon the decedent for support may also have a claim.
Technically, it is the decedent’s personal representative who files the lawsuit on behalf of the survivors and estate. Our lawyers understand the technicalities and nuances of the wrongful death laws in Florida. Give us a call today if you’re interested in learning more.
Are Wrongful Death Cases Criminal Matters?
No. Wrongful death lawsuits are handled in civil court. The point of a wrongful death lawsuit is to hold people financially responsible for their wrongful acts. The criminal justice system is concerned primarily with punishment.
You can file a wrongful death lawsuit whether the at-fault party’s acts were intentional or merely careless. You can also file a wrongful death lawsuit if the state is pursuing criminal charges against the defendant.
What is the Statute of Limitations in Wrongful Death Cases?
The statute of limitations is a rule that limits the amount of time you have to sue for damages. Although wrongful death lawsuits stem from the same types of accidents involved in personal injury cases, time is much more limited. Florida law only gives you two years to file a lawsuit.
At Hollander Law Firm, P.A., we know that it can be difficult to focus on time limits while you’re grieving. Let our wrongful death attorneys help. We’ll handle every aspect of your case, from investigation to advocating for a full and fair settlement.
Can I Still Sue for Damages if the Defendant Blames My Loved One For the Accident?
Yes. Blaming the victim is a common negotiating tactic employed by insurance companies. In wrongful death cases, the victim’s family isn’t always present when the accident happened. You might not know what happened–and you might even believe the insurance company when they blame your loved one.
When the insurance company tries to point the finger at the victim, you should be suspicious from the start. Our lawyers can investigate to find out what really happened. We’ll work with accident reconstruction experts and use all available technology to pinpoint the cause of the accident.
If it turns out that your loved one was partly responsible? Florida’s comparative negligence law still allows the family to recover compensation from anyone who also contributed to the cause of the accident. Your compensation award will simply be reduced by the amount of blame attributed to your loved one.
What Damages Are Available in Boca Raton Wrongful Death Cases?
At Hollander Law Firm, P.A., our personal injury attorneys’ primary goal is to negotiate the best possible deal for our clients. That means getting the most compensation possible. In wrongful death cases, insurance companies are much less likely to want to settle out of court.
That’s because the stakes are higher. You’re entitled to damages for both past and future expenses–and unlike with personal injury cases, your loved one will never recover from the injuries.
Under Florida’s wrongful death law, your damages award may include money for:
- Loss of support and services provided by your loved one, with interest accruing from the date of injury
- Loss of your loved one’s future financial support and services from the date of death, valued at present value
- Medical bills your loved one incurred from the date of injury through death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Compensation to reflect the loss of your loved one’s companionship and protection
Although you have the right to compensation for your loved one’s medical bills up to the date of death, much of the compensation available in wrongful death cases is for future damages. Compensation for loss of financial support and services is usually based upon factors such as:
- Your loved one’s past income
- The types of household duties and/or childcare performed by the decedent
- Your loved one’s life expectancy, if not for the accident
- The life expectancies of survivors
- Whether the surviving family included any minor children (under age 25)
It’s especially important to have a skilled wrongful death lawyer by your side because of the prospective nature of these amounts. The insurance company will investigate your loved one’s history to get information about things like past earnings, credit history and future prospects.
Unfortunately, insurance companies often use any seemingly negative details to convince a grieving family to accept a low settlement offer. You deserve to have someone in your corner who understands the law–and who can level the playing field.
At Hollander Law Firm, P.A., our attorneys are prepared to go to bat for you and your family. We invite you to call at your convenience to arrange a free consultation so that we can explore options in your case.
Contact an Experienced Boca Raton Wrongful Death Lawyer for a Free Consultation Today
Choosing the right lawyer to protect your interests is always a complicated task. Wrongful death lawsuits are also usually very complex. Our lawyers have a reputation for providing compassionate, sympathetic guidance while also acting quickly to protect your right to compensation.
To learn more about how we can put our skills to work for your family, schedule a free consultation with a trusted Boca Raton wrongful death lawyer at Hollander Law Firm, P.A., today. If you’re struggling financially, remember that we work on a contingency basis–meaning that we only get paid once we recover compensation for you.