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How can you know if you have a wrongful death claim?

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2020 | Car Accidents

Losing a loved one in an accident can be a traumatic and overwhelming experience. An accident can change your life in an instant, and it can feel like you’ll never be able to pick up the pieces and move forward. If the death of your family member is the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you could have grounds for a wrongful death claim.

A fatal accident is not always grounds for a civil claim. However, if there is evidence that the death of your loved one is the direct result of the negligent or reckless actions of someone else, you may want to explore the legal options available to you. Through a wrongful death claim, you may be able to claim financial compensation that allows your family to move forward and face the future.

Do you have a case?

It may be helpful for you to learn about what you need in order to have a valid wrongful death claim. If there is evidence of the following details, it may be appropriate to move forward with legal action as a representative of the decedent’s estate:

  • Proof of the death of a loved one
  • Evidence the death was the result of the negligence of another person
  • Documentation verifying financial harm because of the loss

Even with sufficient evidence of the following, it is not always easy to pursue a satisfactory outcome through the civil justice system. No amount of compensation can reverse what happened, but it can allow you and your family to address specific financial losses. Wrongful death cases can arise out of the following situations:

  • Car accidents
  • Medical malpractice incidents
  • Mishap during a supervised activity
  • Criminal behavior
  • Occupational exposure to hazardous conditions

After a loss

You may feel overwhelmed by grief and unsure of where to begin when dealing with the unexpected loss of a loved one. It may help to discuss your situation with an experienced Florida personal injury and wrongful death attorney who can explain the legal options available to you.

These cases are time sensitive, and it is in your interests to move forward quickly in seeking legal counsel. Prompt action can help with the preservation of important evidence and give you a better chance of a successful claim. You do not have to walk through this emotionally challenging and complex process alone.