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West Palm Beach Wrongful Death Lawyer

David Glatthorn will pursue justice for your loved one

Wrongful deaths are heartbreaking. When you unexpectedly lose a loved one, the flood of emotions can be overwhelming. You’re grief-stricken, perhaps scared and even confused or angry.

To make matters worse, your loved one’s death happened due to someone else’s reckless behavior or negligent actions. Perhaps your husband died in a car accident on I-95 caused by a drunk driver. Or maybe your mother died in a West Palm Beach nursing home due to nursing home abuse and neglect. Or a texting tractor-trailer driver caused a fatal rear-end crash on Forest Hill Boulevard.

Whatever the reason, whoever caused this tragic death needs to be held responsible. In Florida, attorney David Glatthorn has been fighting for the rights of grieving family members for more than three decades. A Board Certified trial lawyer, attorney Glatthorn has a strong track record for obtaining large, often multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for families faced with the death of a loved one.

No amount of money can bring your loved one back, but taking legal action can hold the negligent party who caused your loved one’s death accountable. It can give your loved one justice, and also provides your family with some financial stability as you adjust to your loss.

Attorney Glatthorn understands the impact the loss of a loved one can have. He wants you to be able to focus on your family during this difficult time. That’s why he goes to work for you to prove that negligence led to the loss of your loved one. He will keep you informed every step of the way. And if you ever have a question about your case, all you have to do is call David Glatthorn Law.

Understanding wrongful death claims in Florida

What is a wrongful death claim?

A wrongful death lawsuit is a claim for damages (financial compensation) for a death caused by “the wrongful act, negligence, default or breach of contract” of someone else. For instance, if you lost a loved one in a car crash or because of an act of medical malpractice, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.

Is a wrongful death case civil or criminal?

A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action that is distinct from any criminal charges (such as homicide) that might be brought by the State of Florida in connection with the same death. Because the standard of proof is lower in civil court, you may be able to win a wrongful death claim even if the person who caused the death was acquitted in criminal court.

Who can file a wrongful death claim?

Under Florida law, only the personal representative (executor) of the deceased person’s estate can file a wrongful death claim. However, the claim is filed on behalf of both the estate and the surviving family members, including the deceased person’s spouse, children, parents, and any other blood relative or adoptive sibling who is “partly or wholly dependent on the decedent for support or services.”

How long do you have to file a wrongful death claim?

In Florida, the statute of limitations (legal deadline) for most wrongful death lawsuits is two years, with a few rare exceptions. However, because wrongful death claims are so dependent on evidence that may disappear, it’s important to have an attorney start an investigation and review the circumstances much sooner than that.

What damages can be recovered in a wrongful death claim?

Florida law provides for two types of damages in wrongful death cases: damages for the estate of the deceased person, and damages for the surviving family members. The estate may recover:

  • Lost wages, benefits, and other earnings that the deceased could have been expected to earn if they had lived;
  • Lost “prospective net accumulations;” that is, the total value the estate would have accumulated over time if the deceased person had lived; and
  • Any medical and funeral expenses that were paid by the estate.

The surviving family members may recover compensation for:

  • Loss of support and services (such as childcare or maintenance) that the deceased person had provided;
  • Loss of companionship, guidance and protection;
  • Mental and emotional pain and suffering; and
  • Reimbursement for any medical or funeral expenses paid by a surviving family member.

No legal case can bring your loved one back, but a wrongful death claim can help your family move forward. In addition to financially providing for the people left behind, a wrongful death claim provides a measure of accountability and closure by holding someone responsible for the death. It also sends a strong message that may help to protect other Florida families from suffering similar losses.

Florida wrongful death cases demand strong legal action. Trust David Glatthorn

In a perfect world, family members of victims in wrongful death cases could take as long as they need to emotionally recover before confronting the legal repercussions. But you may not have that luxury. Florida law only allows you a limited amount of time to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Moreover, it’s critical that we start our investigation early. Memories fade. Witnesses move away. Evidence disappears. In certain cases, medical records or other official documents can be accidentally lost or intentionally destroyed. The longer you wait, the harder it may be to mount a successful wrongful death case.

Attorney Glatthorn realizes you probably have a lot of questions. Questions like who can file a claim or how do I file a claim are usually right near the top. That’s why attorney Glatthorn offers all potential clients a free case evaluation. He understands you want answers as soon as possible and not have to worry about whether he’s the right lawyer for you. Meet with him, then decide. There’s no pressure. Attorney Glatthorn simply wants to help.

You have too much at stake to leave your future to chance. Put the power of attorney Glatthorn to work for you. Call our personal injury law firm in West Palm Beach at 800-990-9394 and schedule an appointment. Best of all, attorney Glatthorn works on a contingency fee basis. That means you don't pay if you don't win. No tricks. No games. Just honest, straightforward advice from a dedicated, results-driven lawyer who fights for justice. Take the first step and contact us today.

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