Traffic accidents plague the state of Florida, causing multiple injuries and deaths on our roads every year. A recent multi-vehicle accident in Miami sent seven people to the hospital. The accident also resulted in one fatality, a female passenger in a taxi.
When a passenger is killed in an accident, it may be seen as more tragic. Often those involved in an accident immediately try to determine who was at fault. Even when more than one driver shares a measure of fault for an accident, it is not likely that a passenger can ever blamed. When a person is killed in an accident, and that accident was caused by the negligence of another, it can be legally called a wrongful death.
In the event of a wrongful death, the family of the deceased can be awarded compensation for a number of things, including:
- Loss of income — if the deceased was a significant provider at the time of death;
- Loss of companionship — if the deceased was married or partnered at the time of death;
- Medical expenses — if the deceased was transported by ambulance, treated in a hospital or by a private physician prior to death;
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering — in some cases there are additional damages added to the award to compensate the surviving loved ones for their loss. This award is often determined by the degree of negligence assigned to the person who caused the death.
There are many overwhelming emotions following the unexpected death of a loved one, and often many details to take care of regarding burial, notification and distribution of the estate. In the tumult following an accidental death it can be nearly impossible for family members to think about the legal implications of a wrongful death lawsuit. Unfortunately, putting together a legal case once a significant amount of time has elapsed is difficult.
During those painful days, weeks and months following the accidental death of your loved one, turn to Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath to assist you in putting together the details of your lawsuit. We will advocate for you so you receive the maximum compensation for your loss. Call our West Palm Beach offices at 561-665-1990 or contact us online to make an appointment for your free consultation.