It is always difficult to lose someone you care about, but it is especially heartbreaking when a loved one needlessly dies because of the negligent or reckless behavior of another person or organization. If you have found yourself in this position, you may be experiencing a number of different but equally strong emotions. In addition to grieving the loss of your loved one, you may be angry at the institution or person who took that person away from you, or confused as to why such a seemingly preventable accident occurred in the first place.
While there is no way to bring back your loved one, you can seek justice for their wrongful death by contacting attorney Ben Murphey of Lawlor, White & Murphey. Mr. Murphey is a skilled and compassionate personal injury lawyer who has experience helping Florida families through difficult wrongful death cases. In many situations, he is able to recover compensation for non-tangible but still important damages such as loss of companionship in addition to tangible damages such as funeral expenses and medical bills.
Although hiring an attorney may not be your first thought during such a challenging time, it is important to hold the party responsible for the death liable—not only to recover the compensation you need and deserve, but also to prevent this type of horrible accident from happening again.
If your family member died before his or her time, you may be wondering if the circumstances constitute a wrongful death. Not every unnatural death is going to have a liable third party, but there are many situations where the recklessness or negligence of a third party directly lead to a death. Below are some of the most common types of wrongful death in Florida.
Auto accidents. The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration estimates that there are, sadly, 30,000 motor vehicle accident fatalities every year. What causes all these accidents? Common factors include speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, and driving while sleep deprived.
Medical malpractice. This is one of the single biggest categories for wrongful death, with as many as 98,000 people dying in the US every year due to medical errors. These fatalities may stem from diagnostic errors (such as failing to diagnose a condition or giving an incorrect diagnosis), surgical errors (such as leaving a foreign object in the body or operating on the wrong site), or even prescription medication errors.
On-the-job accidents. Workplace accidents happen whether the job site is a construction zone or a quiet office. Although certain jobs come with more occupational hazards than others, accidents caused by things like slipping and falling or crashing in a work-owned vehicle can happen anywhere. If you lose your loved one due to a workplace accident, talk to Ben Murphey to learn how the employer may be liable.
Lack of supervision for children. If your child is in day care or school, you trust that the adults employed by that organization are going to provide the level of supervision appropriate for your child’s age. If they fail to do so and your child suffers a fatal accident as a result, you need to hold the organization responsible.
Negligent security. If a business or rental unit is in a high-crime area or an area where a crime has occurred before, the property owner is responsible for taking steps to keep guests on the property safe, whether that means hiring security guards, installing cameras and lighting in the parking lot, or taking whatever other steps seem reasonable. If they fail to keep your property safe and your loved one is the victim of a crime, the property owner needs to answer for the role they played in allowing the crime to take place.
If you’re still unsure whether your loved one’s death qualifies as a wrongful death, contact Ben Murphey. He will look closely at the details of your case during your initial consultation and let you know what legal options you have, as well as what course of action he truly believes will be in your best interest.
Coming to terms with the loss of your loved one is difficult enough, but on top of that, many families find themselves facing an unexpected financial burden that makes it difficult to stay afloat and move on with their lives. Some expenses commonly associated with wrongful death include:
It’s not fair for you to have to pick up the pieces and deal with this financial hardship in the wake of your loved one’s death. Make sure you receive the full compensation that you need by calling Ben Murphey today.
Bring the responsible party to justice so that they can not harm anyone else, and make sure that you have the financial support that you need.
When you first contact the law office of Ben Murphey, a staff member will help you schedule a free, initial consultation with Mr. Murphey so that you can learn more about his approach and experience.
You can reach Ben Murphey at either of the following numbers, or by filling out the contact form on the side of this page:
954-587-0873 (South Florida)