Boynton Beach Wrongful Death Lawyer
Tragically, many victims do not survive negligence incidents like car crashes, falls, and swimming pool drownings. In many ways, a wrongful death claim is exactly like an injury claim. In other ways, there are some significant differences. For example, it’s very difficult to ascertain the amount of fair compensation in a wrongful death claim, especially if the victim was a child.
At Smith & Ball Injury Law, our diligent Boynton Beach wrongful death lawyers efficiently work through these problems. Because we have so much experience, we quickly evaluate your case and identify all possible claims and defenses. Then, to collect evidence, we often partner with a private investigator or other professional. Above all, once the bell rings, we never stop fighting for you.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims
Statisticians often refer to a wrongful death as an “accidental” death. However, in most cases, these incidents were not unavoidable accidents. Instead, negligence is usually involved at some point. True, the negligence might have been unintentional. We all make mistakes, and we all must accept responsibility for the mistakes we make. That spirit is the essence of a wrongful death claim.
At Smith & Ball, our Boynton Beach wrongful death lawyers routinely handle a variety of these matters, including:
- Vehicle Collisions: Today’s cars and trucks are much safer than the ones which rolled off the line in the late twentieth century. But today’s cars and trucks are also bigger and faster than those vehicles. And, even the most advanced restraint system can only absorb so much force.
- Poisonings: Unintentional poisoning, mostly drug overdose, causes almost as many wrongful deaths as car crashes. In a crisis the size of the opioid epidemic, there is usually plenty of blame to go around. Some doctors wrote prescriptions without asking questions, some shipping companies shipped drugs without asking questions, and some manufacturers made pills which were so powerful that almost any user could become addicted.
- Falls: Slip and fall injuries are the leading cause of unintentional death for people over 70. Many of these individuals have pre-existing health conditions which impair their ability to avoid a fall and also make the resulting injuries much worse.
- Swimming Pool Drownings: These incidents are the leading cause of unintentional death among children under 5. Furthermore, in most years, there are more swimming pool drownings in Florida than any other state. Other types of swimming pool injuries, which could also be fatal, include chlorine poisoning and drains which cause riptides.
These incidents usually involve either the ordinary negligence doctrine or the negligence per se rule. Ordinary negligence is a lack of care, and negligence per se is the violation of a safety law.
Generally, any surviving immediate family member, like a spouse or child, can file a wrongful death claim. Additionally, a blood relative who was financially dependent on the decedent might also be eligible to file.
These claims are normally limited to pecuniary losses. Examples include medical bills related to the decedent’s final injury or illness, loss of future financial support, and loss of future financial support.
In some cases, survivors might be eligible for compensation for their own grief and suffering. Surviving parents are usually entitled to such damages if the decedent was their minor child. Additional compensation might be available as well, under a separate theory like negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Reach Out to a Smart Boynton Beach Wrongful Death Attorney
A wrongful death often destroys the fabric of a family or community. For a free consultation with an experienced Boynton Beach wrongful death lawyer, contact Smith & Ball Injury Law. You have a limited amount of time to act.