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What is the Difference Between Wrongful Death and Criminal Claims?

What is the Difference Between Wrongful Death and Criminal Claims?

Wrongful death can be considered the act of one person losing their life from another’s accidental or intentional, most often negligent, actions. The law in Florida explicitly states wrongful death can be classified as death by a “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty.”

Most often, these devastating circumstances occur because of negligent actions while on the road – resulting in a car accident, medical malpractice, defective products, or crime. 

If your loved one was involved in an accident that could have been avoided, please contact a South Florida wrongful death lawyer at Hevia Law. We are committed to helping your family get the justice they deserve. 

Wrongful death is considered a type of personal injury lawsuit. This requires someone else to file a lawsuit on behalf of the injured party. Wrongful death cases result in financial compensation for damages that the court orders must be paid to the family of the deceased party. 

Criminal cases or homicide can result in jail or prison time, state fines, and other penalties. Guilt must be established beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Wrongful death claims must be proved by a preponderance of the evidence, meaning there may be a chance that the defendant is not guilty.

However, it is possible that an accident can result in a wrongful death claim and criminal charges – meaning the defendant is to be sued for a wrongful death claim in civil court and at the same time can have criminal charges.

To seek legal assistance with a wrongful death claim, contact a South Florida personal injury trial lawyer online or call 786.698.5199.

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