Pembroke Pines accident attorney recovers $75,000 for Victim’s Estate

Auto accident victim hires Dell and Schaefer after his scooter was hit by car

Did you know that if a victim dies from natural causes not related to an accident but before a case is settled, the estate of the victim can still recover money damages? Attorneys Dell and Schaefer helped the estate of a Pembroke Pines family recover $75,000 in one such situation.

Our client, a 52-year-old man, was riding a scooter in Pembroke Pines, Florida, when suddenly and without warning, another car cut him off causing our client to hit the vehicle and fly over the hood of the car. Our client suffered neck and back injuries but none were life threatening. After the accident, our client began a course of physical therapy with a local chiropractor. After months of physical therapy, our client recovered from his injuries and was able to return to work.

The victim passes away due to natural causes unrelated to accident

After the accident but before the case resolved, our client unfortunately suffered a heart attack and passed away. The cause of his heart attack was due to a preexisting heart condition that he suffered from prior to the accident. The autopsy showed that the accident did not contribute in any way to his death. Immediately after discovering that our client had passed away, our firm contacted the next of kin and opened up an estate in his name. Under Florida law, the estate of the deceased may continue to pursue a personal injury settlement for all compensatory damages suffered prior to death that is directly linked to the accident.

Attorneys Dell and Schaefer negotiate an accident settlement of $75,000 for Estate

Our firm retrieved the medical records and filed an injury claim with the insurance company. Because our client’s passing was not linked to the accident, our firm could not include our client’s death in the negotiation process. In order to get a recovery for the three months that our client was injured after the accident and prior to death, our firm sought monetary damages for bodily injury, aggravation of a preexisting injury, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, disability, mental anguish, property damage, past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and impairment of ability to earn future wages. After a lengthy negotiation process, our firm resolved the case for $75,000. The family members of the deceased were happy that our firm continued to pursue the case even though our client had passed away. They were pleased they were able to recover such a high amount of money that not only covered the cost of the funeral expenses but also allowed the estate of the deceased to leave behind enough money for his surviving family members to continue to live their lives.

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