The loss of a loved one is painful and terrifying. In a moment, your entire life turns upside down and your future plans vanish. When another person’s negligence or recklessness caused your loved one’s death, you may not know where you can turn for guidance and support. During your grief, insurers may try to pressure you into signing a settlement. Their main goal is to pay you as little as possible and hopefully avoid legal action.
Unfortunately, many grieving families realize that this settlement is far less than they truly need. On top of medical expenses, they may find themselves facing the loss of a significant portion of income and benefits. Any settlement or award you agree to must take into account all financial losses, as well as non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering and loss of companionship. You and your family do not deserve to suffer more than you already have.
That is why it is important to seek help from an experienced Fort Lauderdale wrongful death lawyer at Meldon Law. Our wrongful death lawyers want to protect you and your family during your time of grief and can fight aggressively for your rights during this time.
Experience and Compassion
Reckless drivers, negligent companies, and irresponsible manufacturers can all cause fatal injury accidents. At Meldon Law, we have successfully represented numerous Fort Lauderdale families in their pursuit of justice after suffering the loss of a loved one.
Our experience in handling these cases taught us that all families are unique in the situations and obstacles they face. As such, we tailor all our legal services to you and your family’s needs. To do this, we offer free initial consultations. This allows us to better serve you and your family, and helps us answer your most difficult questions in a safe and supportive environment.
Wrongful Death in Fort Lauderdale
Family members left behind may bring wrongful death claims against all negligent parties to seek compensation for their losses. These claims differ from personal injury cases because the injured party is no longer here to fight for their rights. Instead, the victim’s family must pick up the pieces and move forward in life without the love and support of their loved one.
Florida law allows certain family members to seek compensation for those losses. However, proving wrongful death claims and obtaining the money you need is not easy. That is why the wrongful death lawyers at Meldon Law are here to help. Our lawyers will begin by examining every aspect of your loved one’s death to build a solid case.
We must establish that the other party owed your loved one a duty of care and that they breached this duty. We must also establish that the breach caused your loved one’s death and that you and your family suffered damages because of their death.
Our lawyers move quickly and efficiently when building wrongful death cases. We do this because we know that you and your family need money quickly to handle funeral expenses, utility bills, and medical costs. We also move quickly because we know that valuable evidence can get lost or destroyed over time.
While Florida allows grieving family members two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim, this time often passes quickly. At Meldon Law, we work to ensure that you do not miss any deadlines for filing a claim. Even if you believe you missed the deadline, do not worry. There are some exceptions to Florida’s statute of limitations. In many cases, families feel relieved to discover that they can still file.
Causes of Wrongful Death in Fort Lauderdale
When another person or company acts negligently, they can cause the death of another person. However, some types of accidents more commonly result in wrongful death claims. These include, but are not limited to:
Motor vehicle accidents. In the Fort Lauderdale area alone, more than 41,000 car accidents occur every year, resulting in nearly 25,000 injuries and hundreds of deaths.
In Fort Lauderdale proper, 5,400 accidents resulted in 2,100 injuries and dozens of deaths.
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Public transportation accidents
Premises liability accidents. Businesses in Fort Lauderdale have a responsibility to keep their properties free from known hazards. However, every year people lose their lives in deadly property accidents. From deadly falls to negligent security deaths, property owners may bear liability when another person suffers a fatal accident on their property.
Medical malpractice. Medical errors cause hundreds of thousands of deaths in the United States every year. Only heart disease and cancer cause more deaths. In Fort Lauderdale, deadly medical errors, medication mistakes, and surgical errors cause deaths every year at hospitals and clinics in the community.
How Can Our Fort Lauderdale Wrongful Death Attorneys Help?
At Meldon Law, our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys want to help you navigate through this difficult time. We want to remove the burdens that you and your family shoulder during this time of grief. That is why we take your case on a contingency basis. We do this because we believe that every family deserves to seek justice after the loss of a loved one—not just the ones who can afford it.
We work tirelessly to build your case and can help you collect damages, including:
- Loss of companionship and support
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Medical expenses before your loved one’s death
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost wages and future earnings
- Loss of financial benefits
Call Our Fort Lauderdale Wrongful Death Attorneys
To explore all your legal options, call us at (954) 334-1276 or fill out our confidential contact form. We provide prospective clients with free consultations and case evaluations. This allows us to answer your questions and get to know you and your story. Our main goal is to assist grieving families after the loss of a loved one. We can do that best by helping them recover the compensation they deserve and need to move forward into their futures.
While no amount of money could ever replace the loss you endured, we want to help you avoid unnecessary crushing financial burdens. Call today to see if Meldon Law is right for you and your family.