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What Are The Common Causes Of Wrongful Death?

Essentially, anything that causes the death of someone due to the reckless, negligent actions of another is considered a wrongful death. In some instances these may even be punished by criminal law, then followed up by a wrongful death case. Some examples of common wrongful death causes include:

  • Auto accidents caused by the recklessness of another
  • Construction site deaths due to unsafe work environments
  • Deaths caused by defective products
  • Deaths caused through medical negligence
  • Deaths due to violent actions
  • Deaths due to automobile defects or shoddy craftsmanship
  • Deaths due to property owners not maintaining high standards of safety

No matter the specific cause of death, if your loved one would still be alive today if not for the reckless or negligent actions of someone else, there is a very good chance that you have the right to seek compensation.

What Is A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal action taken by the family members of someone who has died due to the actions of another. The focus here is on the fact that relatives are deprived of love, companionship, and financial support from the deceased and allows them to recover financial compensation due to that loss.

Wrongful death lawsuits aren’t just a cash grab – the loss of a loved one could mean that you are left struggling financially for months or years after they’re gone, and this can also make it very difficult to make a full emotional recovery since you are so focused on trying to make ends meet that you can’t grieve properly.

A wrongful death lawsuit lets families heal and gives them the financial compensation they need to recover properly and move on with their lives. It gets you justice so you can grieve after a loss.

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Only those who are directly related to the deceased and who depended upon them for emotional, mental, and financial support will be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida. These include:

  • Children
  • Spouses
  • Parents

Additionally, siblings may also be able to seek compensation if they can show that they depended upon the deceased for support of any kind. Since a wrongful death lawsuit is designed to help those who are truly suffering, claims are limited very strictly. Your attorney can review your situation and make a clear determination as to what your rights are and what options you have available.

If you have a case, we’ll file the suit on your behalf so you can focus on healing and grieving while we do the hard work needed to get you what you deserve.

What Is A Wrongful Death Lawsuit Worth?

There is no way to know exactly what a wrongful death claim is worth unless you let a professional lawyer review your case. We’ll consult with experts to determine what kind of financial impact the loss has on your life, and then also factor in personal pain. Some of the factors that impact a claim include:

  • Lost income due to the death, estimated over the future
  • Insurance, retirement, and other financial holdings impacted by the death
  • Medical costs and funeral costs related to the accident and the death
  • Compensation for pain, suffering, and anguish
  • Compensation for loss of parental guidance to children
  • Compensation for loss of emotional companionship

A wrongful death claim will provide restitution for the financial impact your family experiences, and also the finances that will be impacted over the future. However, it also includes compensation that can’t be monetarily determined. Your loss deserves justice, and a wrongful death claim gets it for you.

How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?

Under Florida law, you must file a wrongful death claim within two years from the date of death. Beyond that, you have little legal right due to the statute of limitations on wrongful death suits. However, it’s also important that you file a claim as soon as possible due to additional reasons:

  • The sooner you file a claim, the more likely it is that our attorneys can prove that you are owed compensation. Over time, evidence is harder to gather and proving a case becomes more difficult.
  • It can be harder to show that medical bills are associated with the accident that led to the death of your loved one.
  • Failing to file a claim quickly can leave you lingering, struggling financially and struggling to grieve. The sooner you file a claim, the sooner you can get the compensation you need to heal and move on.

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Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh