Losing a loved one is painful even when it when it was expected. It is extremely stressful when your family member dies due to the negligence of others. Your feelings of normal grief are intensified as you process the shock and anger you feel towards those responsible for the death. When no one will accept responsibility, the whole situation seems like more than you can bear. That is especially true when your loved one provided financial support for your family or incurred a lot of medical bills before passing. You need a Stuart, FL Personal Injury Lawyer who is on your side.
How the State of Florida Defines Wrongful Death
Under Florida state law, family members of the deceased are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit if the other party committed one of the following:
- A wrongful act
- A negligent act
- Breach of contract or warranty
The above definition includes deliberate actions that hurt another person, such as striking him or her in the head. It also covers unintentional, yet negligent, actions that cause immediate or delayed death. Careless driving is a prime example of this. The driver had no intention of fatally injuring someone, yet is still accountable for his or her choice to disregard the safety of others.
A breach of contract or warranty refers mainly to medical malpractice cases where the doctor had a duty to treat and the failure to do so correctly caused the patient's death. It can also cover deaths from a poorly manufactured product.
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When people are grieving, the thought of dealing with the legal system can be overwhelming. At A Law Firm of Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC, we understand that. However, we encourage you not to wait too long as evidence may be hard to uncover later. Please contact us at your convenience to schedule your consultation with an experienced, compassionate personal injury lawyer.