A wrongful death action is a civil action in which the plaintiff holds the defendant accountable for causing the death of another person, either by failing to prevent it or by purposeful action.
While wrongful death is not a crime, it may involve a crime that directly or indirectly results in a person’s death. However, the circumstances surrounding a wrongful death case may result in criminal charges against the at-fault party in a separate court proceeding. Additionally, a person charged with the death of another person may or may not be convicted of a felony linked to or involving that death.
There are no wrongful death crimes since wrongful death cases are heard in civil courts, not criminal courts. This sort of action enables the decedent’s family members and other survivors to sue an individual they believe was negligent in causing their loved one’s death.
When someone dies as a result of another party’s negligence, their families and loved ones may be entitled to compensation for the losses they sustained as a result of their loss. While people may file a wrongful death case on their own, a South Florida wrongful death lawyer can guarantee that the action is filed within the required time frame and avoids unnecessary delays.
If you are suffering the loss of someone you care about due to someone else’s negligence in Florida, request a consultation as soon as possible. Hevia Law Firm has built an experienced team of South Florida personal injury trial lawyers to help you seek justice.