Families who have lost a loved one in a car or truck accident, or because of medical malpractice, a defective product or some other form of negligence, find that their life is changed forever. In addition to the emotional turmoil and upheaval, many families find themselves in financial distress after dealing with medical bills, funeral expenses and the disruption in their lives, even when the deceased was not the family’s primary breadwinner. When a death is caused because of another’s negligence, recklessness or misconduct, it is simply unfair for the surviving family members to burdened with these costs. Friedland & Associates fights for justice to hold negligent actors accountable to the families left behind for the costs they must endure.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Florida
Florida law provides a way for family members to recover compensation from a person or entity who caused the death of a loved one through negligence or other wrongful conduct. The law allows the personal representative of the estate to bring a Wrongful Death action in court, on behalf of the estate and the survivors of the deceased. Any recovery goes to the spouse and children of the deceased, as well as parents, siblings or other family members who were dependent on the deceased for financial support.
In a wrongful death lawsuit, compensation can be recovered for the following types of harm, among others:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of earnings between the time of injury and death
- Loss of future earnings/financial support
- Loss of household services and support
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of guidance and supervision
- Mental/emotional pain and suffering
Proving a case of wrongful death is often more challenging than winning a personal injury lawsuit. It can be difficult to establish the facts of the case and demonstrate that the defendant’s negligence was the proximate cause of death in the eyes of the law. Friedland & Associates has handled enough personal injury and wrongful death cases to know how to build a strong case proving the defendant’s liability, and how to present that case in a compelling manner to an insurance company, judge or jury.
Act Quickly to Preserve Your Rights to a Wrongful Death Claim
The statute of limitations to bring a wrongful death case in Florida is two years from the date of death. This time can go by very quickly while family members are dealing with grief and loss and trying to put their lives back together. Contact an lawyer soon to make sure your rights are protected, and also so important evidence can be gathered and saved before it is gone. Contact wrongful death lawyers at Friedland & Associates for help from an experienced and successful law firm who brings an intense level of caring to every case and every client. Call 877-271-6605 for a free consultation.