Are You Owed If Your Loved One Dies In An Accident?
Essentially, wrongful death refers to any death that was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of someone else. This could be a drunk driver, an employer who didn’t follow proper safety protocols, and more. However, in all cases the bottom line is simple – if someone passes away because of someone else, those left behind may have the right to file for compensation.
Why Should You File A Case?
Many people avoid filing a wrongful death lawsuit simply because they assume that they don’t have the right to do so or because they think that doing so would be disrespectful to the memory of their loved one. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
When a loved one dies it leaves a void in their wake that can never be filled. But along with the emotional and mental loss is the fact that many will leave behind a huge financial burden as well. Lost income, huge medical bills, high funerary costs, and more will all be left on the shoulders of those who were close to the deceased. And when the death was because of someone else, that can be a serious issue.
Filing a lawsuit lets you eliminate those financial stresses so that you can pick up the pieces after losing your loved one. It allows you to focus on grief and healing and gives you the financial means to move on.
What Is Included In A Settlement
Wrongful death settlements can be very complex and involve a lot of different elements. Getting a fair settlement means including all of the potential financial repercussions of the death – immediate bills, future bills, and more.
Additionally, what about the money that could have been earned by the deceased and contributed to the family? That loss is huge and will need to be considered as well. But often, it requires considerable effort to determine what a fair amount really is.
Who Can File A Lawsuit?
Under Florida law, only those who are immediate family members and who are dependent on their loved one to some degree. This includes:
• Siblings in some cases
The only way to determine just whether or not you’re owed compensation is to talk to a professional attorney who handles wrongful death law and then take steps with them to determine your options.
Our team has decades of experience in the legal field, and in wrongful death law specifically. If you’re still coping with the loss of a loved one, we are here to help. Contact us today to find out more about your rights and to get a free initial consultation with one of our legal pros.