Articles Tagged with wrongful death lawyers in Miami

anh-nguyen-v-NBXj3Yv5o-unsplash-copy-221x300It is devastating to lose a loved one in an accident caused by someone else, but you might get a sense of relief knowing that you have rights as a surviving family member. Under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act, you could be eligible to seek compensation from the responsible person or entity. These claims are similar to other personal injury matters that involve negligence, since you must prove that careless actions were a direct result of the accident. However, wrongful death actions are unique in many ways, especially when it comes to the types of monetary damages you can recover. 

While you should always trust a Miami wrongful death lawyer for assistance with any critical legal matters, you can read on to gain a better understanding of compensation in these claims.

Damages for Surviving Family Members

daniel-thurler-511435-unsplash-copy-300x191A tragic motorcycle accident in Marion County, FL claimed the lives of two men and shut down traffic on northbound Interstate 75 for approximately five hours on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Orlando’s Spectrum News Channel 13 reported on the incident, which was still under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). According to police, the two men were riding side-by-side on separate Harley Davidson motorcycles in front of a semi truck. The pair attempted to slow down due to traffic conditions, but one rider lost control of his vehicle. As the motorcycle slid across the pavement, the other man also lost control. Upon landing in the center lane, both men were struck by the 18 wheeler that had been traveling behind them. 

Under the circumstances, surviving family members may have options to recover compensation through a cause of action that is categorized as a wrongful death case. A Florida wrongful death attorney can explain in more detail, but an overview may be helpful.

How Wrongful Death Cases Work in Florida

Self-driving cars are notably convenient and exciting, but the technology behind them has been increasingly associated with personal injury, one case having recently been fatal. According to reports, the family of a man who died while driving a car with its Autopilot function turned on is suing the manufacturer in an effort to not only receive damages but to also force the industry to make smarter decisions when designing and testing new automobile technology.

If you or a family member has suffered an injury while driving a car and are seeking damages, you will need an experienced attorney to assist you with your case. The Miami personal injury lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz, PA will work with you to help you achieve the reward you deserve. Call us at 1-877-474-2905.

Self-Driving Cars and Fatalities

Recently, a Boynton Beach, Florida, couple filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy in connection with the shooting of their eighteen-year-old autistic son in 2012. The lawsuit is seeking damages in excess of $15,000.

The lawsuit stems from an October 4, 2012, incident wherein the teen’s mother called 911 seeking help to controlling her autistic son, who could be heard screaming, “you’re going down,” on the 911 tape. En route to the scene, the deputy was advised by his dispatcher that the mother claimed the teen had a “hammer and a tree trimmer” and would “hurt anyone who approaches.” The dispatcher also told the deputy that the teen had placed his mother in a chokehold.

Upon arriving at the scene, the deputy encountered the teen, ordering him to drop the hammer and garden shears. Although both sides agree that the teen complied, dropping the weapons, there is disagreement as to what happened next.