A family is suing the South Florida Fair after their loved one died while was holding a beam to help a forklift operator set up the attraction. The forklift operator touched an overhead power line carrying 13,200 volts of electricity with its boom, electrocuting the victim, whose family is now suing multiple parties for wrongful death.
Several Parties May Be Accountable
Both the carnival company and ride operator are being sued by the family. The forklift operator is also being sued as it is alleged that the driver was not properly licensed or trained.
Records reveal that the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration has already fined the carnival company $17,746 in safety violations connected to the victim’s death.
Common FAQs about Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death claims are civil lawsuits which can be brought to court when the wrongful act or the negligence of one or more parties causes another person’s death. Here we will cover some of the most commonly asked questions about these claims.
How Long Do You Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In our state of Florida, you have two years from the day of death to file a wrongful death claim. For example, if a loved one passes away due to the recklessness of another on August 1, 2017, the wrongful death claim must be filed by August 1, 2019.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
The personal representative of the deceased individual’s estate must file the wrongful death claim. This individual may be named in the deceased individual’s estate plan or their will (if there is not an estate plan or a will, the court will appoint the personal representative).
Who Can Recover Damages in a Wrongful Death Case?
The claim is filed by the personal representative on behalf of the deceased person’s estate and their surviving family members. Family members who may recover damages include:
- Adoptive siblings and blood relatives who are partially or entirely dependent on the deceased individual for support
Discuss Your Case with The Law Office of Keith Bregoff
The Law Office of Keith Bregoff makes it a point to put the needs of our clients first in each case we represent. If you are suffering the untimely loss of a loved one due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, we are here to help.
We welcome you to arrange for a free consultation with Keith Bregoff today at (772) 492-8967.