Wrongful Death Lawyers
Florida law states that if you lost a loved one due to the “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract” of another person or organization, you could potentially file a civil claim to secure compensation for your loss. This type of civil lawsuit is called “wrongful death”.
Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC has been practicing in Palm Beach County, Florida, for over 90 years. Our firm is a third-generation family business, dedicated to the welfare of our communities — and of all Floridians. We understand the devastation caused by these needless losses of life, and we provide our clients with the utmost support and compassion in these matters.
Who may file for wrongful death?
Typically, the personal representative of your loved one’s estate must file the wrongful death claim. The case would seek to compensate surviving family members — spouses, children, parents and wholly or partially dependent blood relatives. Please bear in mind that it could still be possible to file a claim even if the personal representative is reluctant to do so.
What types of settlements do these cases reach?
Our attorneys typically advise clients to prepare for trial but to pursue favorable settlements. An acceptable settlement would probably include compensation for the death and any losses resulting from it:
- Funeral costs
- Medical bills
- Lost wages, investment income and other earnings
- Material value of support and services
- Loss of companionship, protection or guidance
- Mental anguish over losing a child
What is the time limit for claiming wrongful death?
In Florida, the time limit for starting a wrongful death suit is generally two years from the loss. However, there are circumstances in which this limit could be extended.
Who would be the target of the lawsuit?
In some cases, it is relatively clear who should be party to a wrongful death lawsuit. For example, you might name a drunk driver who was involved in a car accident that killed your loved one.
Even in apparently straightforward situations, you may want to investigate all possible options. This could help you name anyone who has any responsibility for your losses. Possible negligent parties could include equipment manufacturers, transportation companies, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers and so on.
Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC offers free consultations and operates on a contingency fee basis for wrongful death cases. We do not receive payment until we negotiate a favorable settlement or secure an award from the court. In the unfortunate event you or someone in your family needs to be represented in a wrongful death dispute, please call 561-655-2028 to schedule an appointment.