North Miami Wrongful Death Lawyer
What Is Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death is a preventable death due to someone’s negligence, misconduct, or carelessness. For instance, if a chef serves spoiled food that causes a diner to die from food poisoning, the cook could be liable for a wrongful death claim. Another example is a motorist who causes the death of another driver, pedestrian, cyclist, or passenger due to impaired driving.
A single person could be liable for a wrongful death event. However, multiple individuals, companies, government agencies, and employees can also be responsible for triggering events that cause someone to pass away needlessly.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims
Any scenario where a person or entity fails to follow standard procedures can lead to a wrongful death with legal ramifications. The most common cases include:
- Car accidents: People who drive impaired, ignore road rules and signage, speed on roadways, or act recklessly behind the wheel can cause fatal car crashes.
- Medical malpractice: Death resulting from misdiagnoses, botched surgeries, and improper treatment may be eligible for a wrongful death claim.
- Work-related accidents: When employers do not adhere to proper safety standards, they put their workers at risk of severe injuries and sometimes death.
- Defective products: Manufacturers must ensure their products are safe for consumer use.
Attorney Dean M. Gettis has over three decades of experience as a compassionate personal injury lawyer in North Miami Beach. He uses his knowledge of Florida’s wrongful death laws and his dedication to justice to represent clients. He personally handles every case and has a reputation for successfully representing clients in wrongful death, medical malpractice, and property damage claims.
About Florida's Wrongful Death Act
According to Florida tort laws, the estate of a person who dies from negligence, breach of contract, or a wrongful action can file a civil suit against the liable party. The deceased person’s personal representative can file the claim, or the court can appoint someone to act on behalf of the deceased’s estate.
The civil action is for the deceased’s surviving family. According to Florida Statutes 768.19 of Florida Statutes, everyone named in a wrongful death lawsuit has a right of action for damages. They can hold the negligent party responsible for the loss of their loved one and receive monetary compensation.
Florida's Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death
At the Law Office of Dean M. Gettis, we understand how a tragic, premature death can leave a family with substantial grief and trauma. The loss of a relative permanently alters families. However, it’s imperative to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Miami soon after a relative passes away because Florida’s statute of limitations for these claims is only two years.
Instead of battling grief and legal issues simultaneously, contact the Law Office of Dean M. Gettis. We will handle all legal aspects of your case, giving you and your family time to grieve. Attorney Dean M. Gettis will pursue damages on your behalf to alleviate your household’s financial hardships.
Damages for Wrongful Death Cases
Spouses, children, parents, and other family members who depended on the deceased for financial support can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Every survivor listed within the case may be eligible to recover damages, such as the loss of existing finances, the loss of future support, medical expenses, and funeral costs.
Sometimes, a spouse or companion can receive monetary compensation for losing their loved one’s companionship or their mental pain and suffering. Courts may also reward punitive damages to the claimants to prevent others from engaging in similar actions that make the defendant liable for someone’s death.
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Seek Assistance for a Wrongful Death Claim with the Law Office of Dean M. Gettis
An accident resulting in the unexpected death of a loved one can devastate you and your family. Besides the loss of companionship, you could also experience financial troubles from funeral expenses, your loved one’s medical bills, and the loss of their expected income.
If you lose a loved one due to someone’s misconduct or negligence in Miami, FL, you might be able to pursue financial damages in respect to your loss with the help of a personal injury attorney. At The Law Office of Dean M. Gettis, we have years of experience representing clients in wrongful death cases.
The Law Office of Dean M. Gettis in North Miami Beach, FL, can take action for damages resulting in your wrongful death claim. Though we cannot replace your loss of a loved one, our experienced law office can take civil action against the liable party responsible for your loved one’s death and help you fight for damages. Request a complimentary consultation with Dean M. Gettis our North Miami Wrongful Death Lawyer today at (305) 893-8931. We don’t get paid until you do!