Boca Raton, FL – The most serious accidents and injuries can cause a person to pass away. Unfortunately, this happens to thousands of Americans each year. When a family is dealing with the aftermath of a fatal accident, they can file a wrongful death lawsuit on the person’s behalf. This will allow them to be compensated for various expenses associated with the death such as burial, as well as the person’s lost future income and services. However, there are special rules for lawsuits where the victim did not survive, and these should be reviewed with legal help.
Likely causes of a fatal accident and statistics
According to the CDC, there are over 100,000 unintentional injury deaths in the United States each year. Some of the most common causes of these deaths are poisoning and overdoses from medications and drugs, falling accidents, motor vehicle collisions, and self-inflicted injuries or suicides. Firearms also cause about as many deaths as car crashes each year. All accidents, including ones where the victim survives, account for millions of visits to emergency rooms and doctor’s offices each year.
Other accidents that have been known to result in significant numbers of injuries and fatalities over the years include fires and burns, choking and suffocation, and drowning. Depending on the facts surrounding these kinds of incidents, any situation may be legally actionable if the victim’s family can point to a specific person or entity responsible.
The process to start a lawsuit
When an incident happens, the victim’s family should retain various reports and records that explain exactly what caused the fatal injury. These pieces of evidence may become important later if they are used against the person or business responsible for the injury in a civil lawsuit.
Florida has a specific wrongful death statute, like every other state. There are some slightly different steps involved in a wrongful death action versus other personal injury lawsuits, but the family and their lawyer will still have to prove that the defendant in the case was the actual cause of their losses through various types of evidence. The family should review who is the next of kin available to bring the case with their attorney, and they may also need to act quickly, as wrongful death cases in Florida and other states tend to have a shorter statute of limitations.
Wrongful death and accident lawyers in Florida
Rosenberg Injury Law handles various types of personal injury, car accident, and wrongful death lawsuits in the Boca Raton area. Anyone who needs help after a family member has passed away can contact the firm for immediate assistance and information.
Firm contact info:
5255 North Federal Highway, 3rd Floor, Boca Raton, Florida 33487