As an attorney, I realize wrongful death is a devastating and often legally complex situation in which a person dies due to another party’s negligence or wrongful actions.
In Florida, wrongful death claims are governed by specific laws and regulations.
What Constitutes Wrongful Death in Florida?
In Florida, wrongful death is legally defined as a death that results from the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of any person or entity. These acts can include but are not limited to:
- Medical Malpractice: Negligence by healthcare professionals that results in a patient’s death.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Fatal accidents caused by another driver’s negligence, such as drunk driving or reckless driving.
- Product Liability: Defective products that lead to fatal injuries or illnesses.
- Workplace Accidents: Fatal accidents occurring on the job due to unsafe conditions or negligence.
- Criminal Acts: Homicides or assaults that result in death.
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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?
In Florida, wrongful death claims can typically be filed by the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate on behalf of the survivors. Survivors who may be eligible to recover damages in a wrongful death case include:
- Spouse: The surviving spouse of the deceased.
- Children: Minor children of the deceased, including adopted children.
- Parents: If no surviving spouse or children exists, the deceased’s parents may be eligible.
- Other Dependent Relatives: Blood relatives or adoptive siblings who were partially or wholly dependent on the deceased for support or services may also be eligible.
Legal Process for Wrongful Death Claims
Filing a wrongful death claim in Florida involves a structured legal process. Understanding this process is crucial for those who believe they have a valid claim:
- Consultation with an Attorney
- Filing the Lawsuit
Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
In Florida, wrongful death claims may result in various types of damages, which can include:
- Economic Damages
- Non-Economic Damages
- Punitive Damages
Statute of Limitations
In Florida, wrongful death claims are subject to a statute of limitations, which typically requires filing the claim within two years from the date of death.
It’s essential to consult with an attorney from Diaco Law promptly to ensure compliance with this timeframe.
Several key considerations should be kept in mind when dealing with wrongful death cases in Florida:
- Emotional Impact
- Legal Representation
- Expert Witnesses
- Insurance Coverage
Wrongful Death Cases in Florida?
Wrongful death cases in Florida are emotionally and legally complex. If you believe you have a valid wrongful death claim, it is crucial to consult with an experienced attorney from our office who can help you through the legal process and pursue justice on behalf of your loved one. While nothing can fully compensate for the loss of a loved one, the legal system in Florida is designed to provide survivors with a means to seek accountability and financial support during a challenging time.
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