Hallandale Beach Wrongful Death Lawyer
Despite being a small city, Hallandale Beach residents, workers, and visitors still face the risk of enduring preventable tragedies that occur more often in the cities to our north and south. Motor vehicle accidents on our stretch of I-95, or on Hallandale Beach Boulevard, take lives in our corner of Florida—as do boating mishaps on the Intracoastal Waterway, drownings in the swimming pools of Three Island homes, mistakes in medical center operating rooms, and countless other incidents that shouldn’t ever happen to people in Hallandale Beach, but do.
In the aftermath of a tragic loss of life, families can benefit from the steady, compassionate guidance of an experienced Hallandale Beach wrongful death attorney. Through a wrongful death action, that attorney can often secure the compensation that helps the family pay bills, stay afloat, and confront a changed future with a missing loved one. Of course, money can never replace a life, but it can provide crucial support as a family heals and rebuilds.
Attorney Jared Spingarn represents Hallandale Beach families in wrongful death actions, working tirelessly to secure compensation from the parties whose wrongful actions took the lives of his clients’ loved ones. Contact the Hallandale Beach wrongful death lawyers at the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn for a free consultation today.
About the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn, P.A., in Hallandale Beach
At just 18 years old, a violent car accident nearly ended the life of attorney Jared Spingarn. After recovering in the hospital from a severe head injury, Jared turned to a personal injury attorney for help obtaining compensation, which proved a poor experience. He barely saw the lawyer and recovered next to nothing for his injuries. When he decided to become a lawyer, Jared vowed never to do the same to his clients.
Today, Jared approaches his career with compassion and empathy. He understands what it’s like to suffer a severe injury and to feel confused about where to turn, or whom to trust, for help. In every case Jared takes, he aims to provide personalized, caring advice and counsel to his clients, and to reassure them that their lawyer understands what they’re going through.
Jared’s determined advocacy for injury victims in Hallandale Beach has produced significant results. He has recovered millions every year for his clients, including in wrongful death cases. Of course, Jared cannot guarantee favorable financial outcomes in all of the cases that he takes. However, he does promise to commit the full measure of his firm’s resources and knowledge to his clients’ cases so that they know they have an advocate on their side who will not let them down.
Overview of Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Florida
The laws in every state, including Florida, recognize that a death can cause emotional and financial devastation for the spouses, children, and other family members the deceased leaves behind. If the death resulted from the wrongful decisions or actions of someone other than the deceased, those family members have the right under Florida law called the Wrongful Death Act to recover compensation for the harm the death caused to them. In legal circles, we call this a wrongful death action.
To pursue a wrongful death action, an appointed personal representative of the deceased (such as the executor of his or her will) hires a wrongful death attorney, like those at the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn, to file a lawsuit in Florida court for the benefit of the deceased’s surviving spouse, children, and other close relatives, as well as for the benefit of the deceased’s estate (which constitutes the body of legal rights, assets, and liabilities that the deceased leaves behind).
A wrongful death action typically seeks money damages, which can include:
- The loss of the decedent’s income, support, and services from the date of the decedent’s injury to her or his death, with interest, as well as future loss of income, support, and services.
- A surviving spouse’s loss of the decedent’s companionship and protection, and mental pain and suffering.
- Surviving children’s loss of parental companionship, instruction, and guidance, and mental pain and suffering.
- Surviving parents’ mental pain and suffering, if the decedent was a minor child, or if the decedent was an adult child, and no other survivors exist.
- Medical and funeral expenses due to the decedent’s injury or death.
In addition, in cases in which the death resulted from someone’s intentional misconduct or gross negligence, a court may award punitive damages to the surviving spouse, family members, and/or estate.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Hallandale Beach
A wrongful death can result from a virtually limitless array of careless, reckless, or intentional decisions or actions. No matter what causes a wrongful death, the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn have the resources and experience to help surviving spouses and family members hold the wrongdoer accountable.
However, the bulk of wrongful deaths in Hallandale Beach, and across Florida, tend to result from a small set of dangerous, preventable accidents and incidents. Below, we provide a brief summary.
Motor Vehicle Accidents (including Motorcycle, Pedestrian, and Bicycle Accidents)
Traffic accidents constitute a leading cause of accidental death throughout the United States, and Hallandale Beach is no exception. According to data collected by Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV) and SignalFourAnalytics’ Florida Traffic Safety Dashboard, Broward County traffic accidents resulted in no fewer than 234 fatalities in a recent year, including crashes along Ocean Drive, Hallandale Beach Boulevard, and I-95 in Hallandale Beach.
These tragic traffic accidents, most of them resulting from preventable human errors, take the lives of drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists in our community.
Falling ranks as one of the leading causes of fatal (and non-fatal) injuries among Floridians over age 65, according to the Florida Department of Health. Every day, throughout Hallandale Beach, people fall and sustain serious injuries. Falls pose a life-threatening risk to older adults, in particular, because common injuries sustained in a fall (such as a broken hip or traumatic brain injury) can lead to a cascade of ultimately fatal health complications.
Still, aging Hallandale Beach residents aren’t the only ones at risk from falls. Construction workers, young children, and even homeowners working on ladders around their houses can suffer preventable, fatal injuries in a fall.
Living, working, and vacationing in Hallandale Beach often means spending time on a boat on the Intracoastal Waterway, at a marina, or on the Atlantic Ocean. Sadly, Florida’s boating culture also contributes to the state having the nation’s highest annual rate of boating fatalities. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, boating accidents caused 79 deaths in a recent year, most from drowning or trauma. Falls overboard, collisions with fixed objects, and capsizing constitute common causes of these tragedies.
Workplace (especially Construction Site) Accidents
Few people head to work in Hallandale Beach thinking they may face deadly dangers on the job. Unfortunately, work-related mishaps cause fatal injuries every year in our corner of the Sunshine State. Construction workers, in particular, lose their lives at a far higher rate than most other industries, usually due to unsafe conditions or practices on a job site. However, virtually anyone may suffer fatal injuries in falls, fires, and other preventable tragedies at Hallandale Beach workplaces.
How the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn Can Help After a Wrongful Death in Hallandale Beach
At the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn, P.A., we work every day to hold at-fault parties legally and financially accountable for the harm they cause others. Our efforts take on even greater significance when we represent the surviving spouse and family members of a Hallandale Beach resident, worker, or visitor who died in a preventable accident here. Jared and his team do not rest until they have done their utmost to see justice done and compensation paid for a senseless loss of life.
Every wrongful death case the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn take involves a unique set of tragic circumstances. We always strive to identify whose wrongful decisions and actions led to a preventable death, to amass evidence to prove that party’s liability and the damages surviving spouses and family members have suffered, and to pursue legal action targeted at serving his clients’ needs and securing maximum compensation for their losses.
Case Investigation and Evaluation
Building a strong wrongful death case on behalf of surviving spouses and family members starts with figuring out exactly what happened. Jared and his team, sometimes aided by forensic and medical experts, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and conduct detailed analyses of the chain of events that led to a loss of life. Even if the cause of a tragedy seems straightforward, Jared and his colleagues examine the facts from multiple perspectives until they’re sure they have identified every individual, business, organization, or entity whose conduct contributed to the cause of the tragedy.
Clients of the Law Offices of Jared Spingard, P.A., also get a caring, compassionate team that works closely with them to understand the true nature and impact of their losses. We understand and empathize with the hesitation some of our clients have about translating an indescribable tragedy into dollars-and-cents. We take the time to learn about the loved one our clients have lost, so that we truly appreciate—and can explain to defense lawyers, insurance companies, judges, and juries—the void left behind in our clients’ lives.
At the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn, P.A., we never rest on our laurels or treat a wrongful death case as a cookie-cutter affair. We know our clients have suffered a devastating loss, and we devote the full measure of our skill and resources to making sure we have a complete, detailed picture of what happened, who caused it, and how the loss has affected surviving family members.
Case Preparation, Litigation, and Negotiation
Once Jared and his team understand the circumstances that led to a wrongful death, they can turn to preparing and pursuing legal action on behalf of the surviving spouse and family members. Oftentimes, although not always, that involves filing a Hallandale Beach wrongful death lawsuit in a Broward County court. It may also (or alternatively) involve filing a detailed claim against an insurance policy that covered the death, such as in the case of a Hallandale Beach worker who died of injuries sustained on the job, triggering a right to workers’ compensation death benefits for the surviving spouse and family members.
No matter what legal strategy Jared and the team advise pursuing, they always make sure their clients understand the path forward, its risks and benefits, and all alternative options. Jared answers questions and explains decisions he and his clients need to make in plain English.
Once Jared and his team have initiated legal action, they take smart and aggressive (if necessary) steps to see the case through to a favorable conclusion.
For example, we:
- Can appear in court and advocate for our clients in hearings and judicial conferences.
- Negotiate with defense lawyers and insurance companies to secure a favorable settlement of Hallandale Beach wrongful death claims whenever possible.
- Take cases to trial in front of Broward County juries when necessary to secure a maximum award for our clients.
- Collect and pay over to our clients the money owed to them through a settlement, judgment, or jury award.
Clients of the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn, P.A., can rest easy knowing they have a lawyer who possesses the skill and know-how to get results in a case no matter what direction it takes.
Hallandale Beach Wrongful death FAQ
Hallandale Beach isn’t the largest community, but that, unfortunately, does not insulate us from tragedy. Preventable accidents happen here, as they do anywhere, that take the lives of family members and friends before their time. Hallandale Beach residents, workers, and visitors die every year in crashes on I-95, boating accidents on the Intracoastal Waterway, and falls at homes from Golden Isles to SW 10th Terrace.
An untimely, preventable death leaves behind family members who are often unaware of their rights and options for holding the party at fault for their loved one’s death accountable. Speaking with a skilled Hallandale Beach wrongful death attorney is the best way to learn about those rights. Contact an experienced, compassionate attorney today to learn more.
You may also find our answers to frequently asked questions helpful in confronting the decisions you need to make after the untimely death of a loved one in Hallandale Beach.
How do I know if my loved one suffered a “wrongful death” in Hallandale Beach?
An unexpected, preventable death always feels wrong to the victim’s loved ones. But wrongful death has a specific meaning under the law.
Under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act, a death in Hallandale Beach gives rise to a wrongful death claim if it was “caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of any person” such that the decedent, had they lived, could have sued for damages. Put another way, if someone other than the victim did something careless, reckless, or intentional that resulted in the decedent’s death, a wrongful death has occurred under Florida law.
Common circumstances that may result in a wrongful death in Hallandale Beach include:
- Motor vehicle accidents;
- Pedestrian and bicycling accidents;
- Boating accidents;
- Falls caused by unreasonably dangerous conditions on commercial, residential, or commercial properties;
- Violent crime;
- Defective/dangerous food and consumer products; and
- Medical errors.
If your loved one died in circumstances caused by another’s wrongful actions, contact an experienced Hallandale Beach wrongful death attorney today to learn about your rights.
What is a wrongful death lawsuit?
A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal action seeking damages for the harm caused by a wrongful death.
Under Florida law, a personal representative of the wrongful death victim (such as the executor of the victim’s will) may file and pursue a wrongful death action, usually by hiring a skilled wrongful death attorney.
A wrongful death lawsuit seeks to remedy the harms of the accident, and specifically to provide compensation for the harm of the death to the surviving spouse, children, and/or other close family members of the victim.
What kinds of compensation can be recovered in a Hallandale Beach wrongful death lawsuit?
Florida law specifies the kinds of damages that a wrongful death lawsuit can seek on behalf of the victim’s survivors and estate.
- Loss of the victim’s earnings and financial support;
- Loss of the victim’s companionship, support, and guidance;
- The mental suffering caused by the death to the victim’s surviving spouse and/or children;
- Medical expenses related to treating the injury or illness that resulted in the victim’s death; and
- Funeral and burial expenses.
In some cases, those parties may also seek punitive damages, which Florida courts may award if the actions of the party or parties who caused the death constituted intentional misconduct or gross negligence.
Who owes damages for a Hallandale Beach wrongful death?
Every wrongful death in Hallandale Beach is a unique tragedy. You will need a wrongful death lawyer to probe thoroughly and determine who caused your loved one’s death. Experienced wrongful death lawyers know how to investigate their clients’ cases to determine how a death occurred and who could face legal and financial accountability for it.
Here are a few examples of the parties who could owe damages in a wrongful death action:
- A careless driver who caused a fatal accident by speeding or texting-and-driving;
- A marina that rented a boat that was not seaworthy, resulting in a fatal boating accident;
- The owner of a building under renovation that collapsed and caused fatalities;
- A municipal agency that failed to warn drivers about dangerous conditions caused by a road construction project; and
- The perpetrator of a violent crime, or the owner of the property where the crime occurred due to failure of the owner to provide sufficient security.
There are just some examples, and you should speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney today about the circumstances that led to your loved one’s untimely passing to learn more about the parties who should face liability.
What if minor children are the only surviving family members of the victim of a wrongful death?
In the case of a tragic death that leaves a child orphaned, the child’s legal guardian and/or a Hallandale Beach court may appoint a personal representative for the child, to enable a wrongful death action to proceed. If that wrongful death lawsuit results in a financial award, a court will usually oversee the management and distribution of those funds, to ensure it occurs in a manner consistent with the children’s best interests.
If you are a family member or guardian of a minor child orphaned by a wrongful death in Hallandale Beach, contact an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to make sure the child’s rights are protected.
My loved one died from injuries/illness suffered at work in Hallandale Beach. What are my rights?
If your loved one passed away on the job in Hallandale Beach, you generally have a right to pursue compensation, but your rights may differ slightly from those of families whose loved one died in circumstances unrelated to work.
In Florida, most employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover injuries and deaths of employees on the job. Workers’ comp is a form of no-fault insurance that protects workers against the costs of treating a work-related injury or illness, and loss of wages connected to an injury or illness
In the event of a worker’s death in a work-related accident or incident, workers’ comp typically pays death benefits to the deceased worker’s surviving spouse and/or family member. Those benefits cover funeral expenses, the deceased worker’s earnings, and educational costs for surviving spouses.
In addition to receiving workers’ comp death benefits, you may also have a right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a party other than your loved one’s employer whose conduct contributed to your loved one’s death. For example, your family may have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of a defective product or equipment your loved one used at work and which contributed to their death.
Experienced wrongful death attorneys in Hallandale Beach can help surviving spouses and family members in actions seeking workers’ comp death benefits and other forms of compensation for wrongful death.
My loved one died in a violent crime in Hallandale Beach, and the perpetrator went to jail for it. Can I still sue for wrongful death?
Yes, you can.
The state may prosecute the perpetrator of a crime that killed your loved one without at all affecting your right to pursue compensation from the perpetrator for wrongful death. The action by the State is a criminal matter brought against the perpetrator for violating the state’s criminal laws. You can still sue for damages, even if a jury has already convicted your loved one’s perpetrator and a judge has imposed a jail sentence. If anything, a conviction may make it easier to prove your civil case for damages against the perpetrator.
Just because the perpetrator is incarcerated does not mean you cannot sue them for damages. Depending on the crime at issue, a perpetrator may carry insurance that covers you and your family for the losses covered by the wrongful death. The perpetrator may also have assets that a lawyer can pursue as compensation, in the absence of insurance coverage.
Furthermore, the perpetrator of a crime is not necessarily the only party who may face legal liability for wrongful death. Others who could have prevented the crime through reasonable measures, and who failed to take such reasonable measures, may share liability. For example, consider the case of a violent assault that takes a victim’s life at a Hallandale Beach hotel, in which the perpetrator got into the victim’s room because of a broken door lock. If the owner of the hotel knew or reasonably should have known about the potential for crime on the premises, and knew or should have known about the broken door lock, the hotel owner could face liability in a wrongful death lawsuit.
The best way to determine all potentially liable parties in your case is to speak to an experienced Hallandale Beach wrongful death lawyer today about the circumstances of a crime that resulted in your loved one’s death
How much does it cost to hire a wrongful death lawyer in Hallandale Beach?
Experienced Hallandale Beach wrongful death attorneys almost always offer a free consultation to grieving spouses and family members of wrongful death decedents. In a consultation, the attorney can learn about the case and give an initial assessment of the viability of pursuing compensation, all free of charge and with no obligation on the part of the spouse/family to proceed with having the attorney represent them.
Furthermore, in most cases, hiring a Hallandale Beach wrongful death attorney to represent you costs nothing upfront, and will not cost you a penny in legal fees unless your attorney gets positive results. Most Hallandale Beach wrongful death attorneys also represent their clients on a contingency-fee basis. This is an arrangement in which the lawyer’s fee is dependent upon their success in recovering compensation on behalf of their client, whether through a settlement or a court award of damages. The lawyer’s fee is taken from a percentage of any such settlement or court award. Thus, the lawyer does not charge money up-front and does not bill for legal services by the hour. The lawyer only gets paid if the clients get paid.
In other words, you and your family have nothing to lose by speaking with us today. It will cost you nothing to secure the services of our wrongful death attorneys.
When should I consult a wrongful death lawyer?
As soon as possible.
Surviving spouses and family members may hesitate to contact a lawyer after a loved one’s wrongful death. It is natural to feel overwhelmed in the days and even weeks after a tragic loss. A family might also feel awkward contacting a lawyer about suing for damages, as if it amounts to seeking to profit from their loved one’s death.
Experienced Hallandale Beach wrongful death attorneys understand and appreciate those difficult, conflicting emotions. But grieving spouses and family members of victims of a wrongful death deserve to be compensated for their losses and will need the compensation to handle the inevitable expenses that follow a wrongful death, such as the funeral, which can easily cost around $10,000. Contact an attorney who can help as soon as possible, because the law limits your time to sue for wrongful death in Hallandale Beach and a family may need to take quick action to preserve and enforce their rights.
A law called the statute of limitations sets a general two-year time limit on suing for wrongful death in most cases in Florida, and that deadline may shrink to a matter of months in certain circumstances, such as if the at-fault party is a government entity. Failure to file by the applicable deadline usually results in the loss of rights to recover any compensation.
In addition, the sooner a spouse or family member contacts an experienced wrongful death lawyer, the greater the chances the lawyer can collect critical evidence and witness testimony to help obtain a positive outcome.
A Compassionate, Diligent Hallandale Beach Wrongful Death Attorney
A tragic loss of life can cause severe emotional and financial devastation in the lives of those left behind. Attorney Jared Spingarn and his team can help surviving spouses and family members of Hallandale wrongful death victims secure compensation for the full cost of their losses. Contact the Law Offices of Jared Spingarn online, or call his team of Hallandale Beach wrongful death lawyers at (866) HIRE-JARED for your free case consultation.
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