Wrongful Death Legal Glossary 

If you’ve lost a family member in an accident or situation caused by another party, your family could be entitled to compensation for a wrongful death claim. You have the right to pursue a claim against the party who caused your loved one’s death for damages the untimely death caused your family. 

An experienced Boca Raton wrongful death lawyer can help you seek compensation and justice for your losses. Our legal team in Boca Raton, FL, has over 28 years of personal injury experience. We are a small firm with a legal team that treats each client with respect and compassion. However, we have big firm resources and the skills to pursue the most complex wrongful death claims in Boca Raton, Florida.

Contact a Boca Raton wrongful death lawyer from Hollander Law Firm Accident Injury Lawyers at (561) 347-7770 to schedule a free consultation. We are available 24/7 to discuss your case with you.

How Our Boca Raton Personal Injury Lawyers Help You With a Wrongful Death Claim in Boca Raton

How Our Boca Raton Personal Injury Lawyers Help You With a Wrongful Death Claim in Boca Raton

Since 1996, Hollander Law Firm Accident Injury Lawyers has stood up for the rights of injured victims in Boca Raton, FL. We have recovered millions of dollars in negotiated settlements and jury verdicts for our clients.

Attorney Gregg Hollander is dedicated to being a strong advocate for injured parties. He is a seasoned trial lawyer and a resourceful negotiator. We fiercely pursue all claims and liable parties to maximize your chances of receiving a settlement for the full value of your damages.

When you hire our top-rated Boca Raton personal injury attorneys, you can expect us to:

  • Investigate the cause of your loved one’s death to gather evidence and identify liable parties
  • Work with leading experts to obtain expert opinions and testimony when necessary
  • Handle all matters related to filing and settling wrongful death and insurance claims
  • Assess how much your wrongful death claim is worth based on our analysis of your damages and the facts in your case
  • Aggressively pursue the at-fault parties in and outside of court

Many wrongful death claims arise after a fatal accident, including car accidents, workplace accidents, and slip and fall accidents. However, other circumstances can lead to a wrongful death claim, including medical malpractice and defective products.

Our Boca Raton wrongful death lawyers at Hollander Law Firm Accident Injury Lawyers handle all types of wrongful death claims. Call us for a free case evaluation with an experienced Boca Raton wrongful death attorney.

You will hear many legal terms when you meet with our lawyers to discuss your legal options. As we pursue a claim, other legal terms will be used at various stages of your case. Our legal team takes time to explain these terms and answer your questions so you feel confident and comfortable with the claims process.

Breach of Duty

Failing to perform a duty required by law or contract is a breach of duty. For example, a driver fails to obey traffic laws, which leads to a car accident.


The family must prove that the other party’s conduct was the proximate and direct cause of their loved one’s death. For example, the party could foresee that running a red light could cause an accident, and had it not been for them running the red light, the car crash would not have occurred.

Comparative Negligence

Florida’s comparative negligence law does not bar recovery of damages for comparative fault unless the injured party is more than 50% to blame for the cause of their injuries. Therefore, if your loved one is 60% to blame for causing a car crash, you cannot recover damages. However, if they were less than 51% at fault, you can recover damages based on the percentage of fault.


Damages are the relief the court grants for personal injury and wrongful death claims. Economic damages reimburse the family for financial losses caused by the death. Non-economic damages represent pain and suffering in personal injury cases. In a few cases, juries may award punitive damages.

Duty of Care

A duty of care is a legal obligation owed by one party to another party. In personal injury law, it refers to a party’s duty to use reasonable care to avoid injuring someone. The legal duty arises because of the relationship between the parties or as a matter of law.


A party is legally responsible for the harm and injuries their actions caused someone. In personal injury cases, liability is in the form of damages.


Negligence is one of the most common causes of action for wrongful death. A person is negligent when they breach their duty of care, which leads to someone’s injury or death.


A tort is conduct that causes injury to someone else. Several types of torts can lead to a wrongful death action, including negligence, intentional torts, and strict liability.

Statute of Limitations

Florida’s statute of limitations for most wrongful death actions is two years. The time begins from the date the person dies instead of the date of the injury. However, exceptions can change the deadline for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Always check with a lawyer as soon as possible to avoid missing a deadline.

Wrongful Death

According to the Florida Wrongful Death Act, a legal action arises when the death of a person occurs because of negligence, a wrongful act, or a breach of contract or warranty. The deceased must have been entitled to file a personal injury claim to recover damages had they survived.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Boca Raton Wrongful Death Lawyer

The above terms are some legal terms associated with Boca Raton, FL, wrongful death cases. If you have questions about other terms, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our legal team.

A wrongful death is emotionally devastating for family members. However, it can also create a financial crisis. Our legal team at Hollander Law Firm Accident Injury Lawyers can help you pursue claims that give you the resources you need to continue healing after a loved one’s death.

Contact us today at (561) 347-7770 to schedule an in-depth case review with a Boca Raton wrongful death attorney. Your initial appointment is always confidential and free.