A Law Firm Helping You Pick Up The Pieces After A Wrongful Death
Fatal accidents occur every day in Florida and throughout the United States. While some of these deaths couldn’t have been foreseen or prevented, many were caused by preventable negligence or intentional actions. In such cases, representatives for the person who died can pursue appropriate compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.
At Cantor & Cantor, we are proud to advocate on behalf of deceased victims and the loved ones they left behind. Our attorney, Zack Cantor, brings more than 15 years of experience to each client and case.
Understanding The Legal Details Of Wrongful Death
While many people are familiar with the concept of “personal injury,” wrongful death is less commonly understood. The easiest way to think of it is as personal injury with a greater degree of harm. Any act of negligence that would warrant a personal injury lawsuit (such as a car accident) would also qualify for wrongful death litigation if the injuries are fatal.
Wrongful death lawsuits are also a way to pursue justice in civil court (in the form of money damages) for intentional acts that result in death. If a person kills someone else in a criminal act of manslaughter or murder, for instance, he can be sued for wrongful death in addition to any criminal consequences he might face.
The other detail that differentiates personal injury from wrongful death is who the plaintiff will be. In a personal injury suit, the plaintiff is the person who was injured. In a wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiff is the personal representative of the deceased victim. In Florida, only the executor of the victim’s estate is eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
Seeking Restitution For A Devastating Loss
No amount of money can compensate for the preventable death of someone you love. But there are very real costs associated with a loss like this, and it is important to at least cover those expenses. Our firm can help you seek compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills associated with the death
- The financial support and services that the deceased person provided to his or her family
- Lost wages from the time of injury and/or death
- Future lost wages that would have gone to support a family
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
The specific damages to be compensated (and their compensation amounts) are case-specific. You can learn more by contacting us.