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Wrongful Death Attorney

The loss of a loved one is a sensitive and painful occasion. It’s difficult enough when you lose someone to natural causes. Even then, you need to be ready to say goodbyes and make final preparations. However, the pain and sorrow can be much deeper when the death is untimely, without warning and the result of negligence or wrongdoing. When another person unnecessarily endangered your loved one through carelessness or recklessness, it can be much harder to cope with. In such a case, it is important for you to know how to protect your rights, seek justice, and create financial security for your family.

The law on wrongful death can be an extremely technical, complex mine field where any missteps can lead to expensive and unwanted complications. This is where a qualified wrongful death lawyer can assist.

When You Might Need a Wrongful Death Attorney

You should hire a wrongful death lawyer when you need to prove that negligence or misconduct was the cause of the death of a family member, especially if you were a dependent or beneficiary of that person. Certainly, no amount of money can rectify the loss of a loved one, but it can give you the financial stability to deal with a difficult situation. Here are a few examples of common wrongful death cases:

If you think you might have a case that is similar to these examples, an attorney might be able to help you explore your options.

What We Do

A wrongful death claim requires careful investigation and attention to detail. The process is similar to one that would take place in other kinds of personal injury claims. However, the law in this area is complicated and can vary between states. Here are some reasons why you might need help from a wrongful death attorney:

What You Should do if You Believe You Have a Case

If you strongly believe that someone is responsible for the death of a loved one and you’ve decide to pursue a wrongful death claim, contact Steinberg Law’s offices in Palm Beach Gardens or Delray Beach for a free consultation. Though the wake of a tragedy is a difficult time, it is important that you act quickly so you can begin building a case.

Wrongful Death FAQs

What if my deceased family member is partial to blame for the accident?

In a lawsuit, the defense can utilize a premise known as comparative negligence to reduce their liability. In most cases, if the deceased played a part in the accident, the at-fault’s liability is reduced by a percentage equal to their fault. However, a qualified wrongful death attorney will work to reduce the negligence percentage of the deceased.

How can you choose an attorney?

Find and read client testimonials. If there are satisfied clients, you will certainly want to work with them. Schedule a free consultation and ask any questions you may have about your potential case.

Who determines how a wrongful death settlement or verdict is distributed?

This is the role of the probate judge. This simplifies the work of the family’s personal representative and avoids corruption cases.

Can you sue for pain and suffering?

Yes. If you have a wrongful death case, you may also be able to sue for pain and suffering.

Do I have to be a dependent of the decedent? Can I sue for the death of a child or an elderly person?

You can sue for the deaths of children and elderly even if you aren’t financially dependent on them. Unfortunately, damages awarded for these types of cases are typically lower.

What if a person dies before bringing their personal injury claim?

If the person dies because of injuries sustained in an accident related to their personal injury case, their family may be able to bring a wrongful death case. However, if the person dies from unrelated causes, the personal injury claim can still be brought by a personal representative pursuant to a survivorship claim.