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Wrongful Death Claims in Florida

Wrongful Death Claims in Florida

Accidents happen. And while there are plenty of instances where an accident is truly an accident, there are many cases where an accident occurs because of someone’s negligence. If you’ve lost a loved one and you believe another party was at fault, you have legal options outside of the criminal justice system. If the life of your loved one has been cut short because of someone else’s action or inaction, consider whether a wrongful death claim is in your best interest. What is Wrongful Death? Wrongful death is any action carried out by an individual that results in the death of another person on accident. In many cases, these situations occur for one of three lapses in judgment or action by the defendant. We’ll review those below, but for now, let’s explore more about what constitutes a wrongful death in the abstract. Wrongful death cases must occur with one party killing another person unwillingly. Willingness doesn’t mean they are not responsible for the death. This just means that the death is not premeditated or planned ahead of time. It’s not fair to call a wrongful death murder because the two are very different. Murder, according to the official definition, occurs as an unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another. When this happens, the murderer is knowingly doing something intended to kill. Wrongful death cases lack intent. How does one end up causing someone’s wrongful death then? Well, it comes down to what constitutes the source of a wrongful death. To explore that notion, here are the ways in which Florida law treats wrongful death suits as a...
Attacked by a Dog in Florida? Know Your Rights

Attacked by a Dog in Florida? Know Your Rights

More and more people across the country own dogs than ever before. Of course, dogs are known as man’s best friend. No matter how long a dog has lived in a safe and welcoming home, however, some breeds are prone to acts of aggression. Then, there are the dogs who don’t live in nurturing, caring homes, who can also become aggressive due to mistreatment. You just never know with a dog you aren’t familiar with, and that means it’s best to be cautious. For those who have experienced a dog attack, you know there’s nothing funny about being the victim of a vicious act of canine violence. What Constitutes a Dog Attack? Florida dog bite law clearly define who is considered liable during an attack. In almost every case of a violent dog attack in Florida, the owner of the dog is held responsible. If the victim of the attack is injured, it is understood that the costs of treatment are the responsibility of the dog’s owner. However, there are a few terms to keep in mind when it comes to dog attacks. The first is the concept of strict liability. Strict liability is a way in which to place responsibility no matter the confounding factors of a situation. In this case, a dog owner who has no knowledge of violent or aggressive behavior in their dog does is not protected from being responsible for damages. What Might Reduce your Compensation as a Dog Bite Victim? It’s likely that the owner of a dog that bites you may try to reduce their responsibility. In this case, they’ll likely hire...