Wrongful death can not only be emotionally devastating for the survivors, but it can also prompt financial hardships at a particularly traumatic moment. The consequences are grave and final, which is why it’s important to protect your rights and to receive remuneration for your financial losses. There’s a myriad of lawyers in Miami to choose from when it comes to wrongful death actions. However, no attorneys are more committed to you and your family than the wrongful death lawyers at Jugo & Murphy. Our attorneys are extremely diligent and results-oriented. We aim to deliver a high-quality level of compassionate service each time we handle any case.
The Law Offices of Jugo & Murphy have collected over $100 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. We can provide the same level of diligence and commitment to your case. With over 30 years of experience, the wrongful death lawyers at Jugo & Murphy are fully versed with successful results in a vast range of wrongful death and injury cases. Accidental deaths, some of which are actionable wrongful deaths, are occurring at an alarmingly increasing rate over the past three years. Don’t rest on your rights, the tragic incidence is becoming too common and you don’t want to forego what your family is entitled to.
Why You Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer
Florida Statutes §768.19 defines wrongful death as “When the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of any person, including those occurring on navigable waters …” Death and be emotionally and financially devastating for the family members of the deceased. It’s natural that family members or representatives of the estate of the deceased seek damages from the party who engaged in the misconduct, negligence, or intentional acts. Some possible damages include loss of income the deceased would have earned in their lifetime, medical bills and expenses before the deceased passed away, funeral or memorial costs, loss of financial support, and loss of companionship. To be successful in a claim, the wrongful death would have to be proved in accordance with the law. Your Wrongful Death Lawyers Jugo & Murphy are very experienced and are here to help.
Wrongful Death Statistics
Accidental death occurs nationally and at an alarming rate. Accidents are actually the third leading cause of death in the United States. Accidental death rose 5.3% between 2016 and 2017. Preventable deaths have now reached their highest number in recorded U.S. history: 169,936. While not all accidental deaths are actionable, some accidental deaths are the result of negligence and would not have happened, but for the actions of the tortfeasor who acted below the standard of care that was owed to the deceased.
Auto accidents are responsible for the most wrongful death lawsuits in the United States. In 2016, however, most unintentional deaths were surprisingly caused by poisoning. The causes of unintentional death vary widely. Dangerous drugs and/or bad prenatal care or advice are the leading cause of birth defects leading to infant deaths, which are actionable events.
- 1-4 years old – drowning
- 5-24 years old – motor vehicle accidents
- 25-64 years old – poisoning
- 65 years and older – falling
Florida Wrongful Death News
A U.S. News & World Report article entitled “A Loophole in Florida’s Wrongful Death Act” reports that in Florida cases where medical negligence is suspected, only a spouse or a minor child may file a wrongful death action (where a minor child is described as a child 25 and under). The law limits the category of persons who have standing to bring a wrongful death action in the medical malpractice setting. According to the article, the Florida legislators’ intent was for more physicians to practice in the state and to lower the cost of healthcare by lowering malpractice insurance premiums. Opponents argue that neither of those benefits occurred.
What Has To Be Proven In A Wrongful Death Action In Florida?
A Florida wrongful death cause of action must contain all of the following elements:
- Conduct that amounts to a wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty
- The conduct upon which the cause of action is based must have caused the death of the decedent
- Such conduct must have entitled the person injured to maintain an action and recover damages if death had not ensued.
What Is The Statute Of Limitations On A Wrongful Death Action In Florida?
Florida’s statute of limitations is two years from the date of death. This means that you have to be diligent in preserving and litigating your rights because they can be time-barred if you don’t act.
How Does Florida’s Wrongful Death Act Award Economic Damages?
Florida’s Wrongful Death Act computes economic damages from lost wages using lost net accumulations to the decedent’s estate and lost support to the decedent’s survivors.
How Are Taxes Dealt With By The Florida Wrongful Death Act?
In Florida, the taxes that likely would have been paid by the decedent are to be deducted from lost net accumulations to the estate when calculating economic losses.
Why Choose Jugo & Murphy
Wide Practice Area
Wrongful death attorneys Jugo & Murphy provide a vast array of legal services in the realm of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, SUV rollovers, slip and fall accidents, nursing home abuse, aviation accidents, maritime accidents, premises liability, negligent security, medical malpractice, boating accidents, construction accidents, bad faith tobacco litigation.
Good Track Record
Wrongful death lawyers Jugo & Murphy has collected over $100 million in settlements and verdicts including millions of dollars in wrongful death claims. The wrongful death lawyers at Jugo & Murphy has over 30 years of experience handling all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases in both state and federal court. The Miami wrongful death lawyers at Jugo & Murphy are knowledgeable about litigation and have handled cases involving paralysis, quadriplegia, brain injury, fractures, psychological impairment, and death.