Hiring a lawyer is always stressful, and you hope you never have certain situations in which you have to do so. One situation in particular is wrongful death. No one wishes that on anyone, but if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in that scenario, the lawyers at Lieberman Injury Law in Deerfield Beach are expert wrongful death lawyers and will do their best to make sure you claim what is rightfully yours. No amount of money can bring back a loved one and we know that. We will fight for you to get closure and compensation so you can rebuild and continue your healing process as best you can.
When Is a Wrongful Death Claim Applicable?
A wrongful death claim is applicable when a victim is killed as a result of either negligence or an intentional harmful act on the part of the defendant.
-When a victim is intentionally killed. For example, OJ Simpson was sued for wrongful death for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The case was based on an intentional act.
-If a doctor failed to diagnose a condition, or if the doctor was careless in the level of care provided, and death resulted, then a wrongful death action can be brought against the doctor. This is known as malpractice.
-Car accident fatalities involving negligence.
A wrongful death claim can result from almost any kind of personal injury situation, although one major exception exists for work injuries that result in death, which usually must be handled strictly through the worker’s compensation system.
What Must Be Proven?
In order to hold the defendant liable in a wrongful death claim, the plaintiffs in the claim – most likely a relative or someone as part of the estate of the deceased, meaning a non-relative as well – must meet the same burden of proof that the victim would have had to meet had the victim lived.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is usually filed by a representative of the estate of the deceased victim, on behalf of survivors who had a relationship with the victim.
In all states, a spouse may bring a wrongful death action on behalf of his or her deceased spouse. Parents of minors may also bring a wrongful death action if one of their children is killed, and minors can collect compensation for the death of their parents.
In some states, the life partner of the deceased may bring a wrongful death claim, as can anyone who can show financial dependence on the deceased.
If you find yourself needing a wrongful death lawyer in Deerfield Beach, please don’t hesitate to call Lieberman Injury Law. We will take care of your legal needs as professionally and delicately as possible. Contact us today. We are located at 1761 West Hillsboro Blvd #330; Deerfield Beach, Florida, 33442. Our number is (954) 596-9944.