Answering Your Questions About Wrongful Death Lawsuits In Florida
Losing a loved one is devastating. The effects on the family are emotional and often financial, and the pain may be compounded when the death was caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless actions. If you have lost a loved one in this way, bringing a wrongful death lawsuit may be the best way to secure the financial compensation you and your family need to move forward.
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida?
You can sue for wrongful death if you are a surviving family member of the person who died. Family members who can pursue wrongful death benefits include the victim’s spouse, children, parents and dependent family members. However, only one person may legally file a wrongful death claim. That person is technically the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. Often that person is the spouse, child, parent or other family member of the deceased.
What types of compensation can grieving families receive through a wrongful death claim?
Here are a few examples of what you can use wrongful death compensation for:
- Medical expenses arising from the incident that led to the person’s death
- Other bills: These can include anything from your rent/mortgage, utilities, internet, trash and other monthly expenses your loved one contributed to.
- Counseling and support services can include individual therapy, group therapy and support group costs for you and your children.
- Child care expenses: These can include kids’ schooling, health care, extracurricular activities and any other associated costs.
- Funeral/burial costs: These can include paying for a funeral location, religious services, caskets or cremation and accommodations for funeral guests.
- Lost income: This may be income that the deceased might have provided had the death not occurred.
You can use the compensation you receive for your wrongful death lawsuit in many ways, depending on how much you obtain. I can give you an estimate of what your case may be worth. Call my office at 727-362-2122 to learn more.
Can I afford a wrongful death attorney?
Yes, you can. I handle wrongful death cases on a contingency-fee basis. That means I do not collect an attorney fee unless I win compensation for you. In other words, you pay nothing out of pocket.