Wrongful death is when someone is fatally injured because of the negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts of another person (or a company). An example of wrongful death is an individual dying due to a drunk driver crashing into them. Another example would be someone dying during surgery due to medical malpractice, or a person dying due to a defective product. Other types of wrongful death accidents include:
- Workplace Accidents
- Maritime Accident
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Off-shore Accidents
- Railroad Accidents
- Criminal Attacks
Suing on Behalf of a Loved One
Parents, siblings, spouses, and children can sue when a loved one dies as a result of someone else’s negligence. However, there is a time limit.
When to Sue for Wrongful Death
Wrongful death claims are subject to statutes of limitations. This means that you have only a certain amount of time to file a complaint. Once that time runs out, the law prohibits you from filing a lawsuit – even if you have a valid claim. Therefore, you’ll want to talk to a lawyer about statutes of limitations.
How Paying for a Wrongful Death Lawyer Works
Most wrongful death lawsuits are handled on a contingent fee agreement. This means that we receive a percentage of any recovery you receive as a result of the case, whether it be a verdict we win or a settlement we negotiate. It also means that if no recovery is achieved, you pay us nothing. Our expenses work the same way. Should you recover an award or settlement, our costs in developing the case are deducted from that. If you don’t recover, you don’t repay us. The risk is ours. We take it because of our confidence in our abilities – and your case.
If you have a family member that has died because of the negligence, recklessness or intentional acts of another person, contact the award-winning Palm Beach County wrongful death lawyers of Babbitt & Johnson P.A. at (561) 684-2500.