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Florida Wrongful Death Basics

If your loved one was killed by the negligence of another person, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. In the state of Florida, a family member can recover many different types of monetary damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

What Determines a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death occurs when someone is killed due to the negligence of another. The situations for wrongful death vary from one case to another, but they can include medical malpractice, auto accidents, product liability, or work accidents. In any wrongful death claim, state law determines what damages the plaintiffs are capable of seeking. In some states, damages are limited to the income lost from the deceased family member – which makes settlements for the death of a retired person or a child minimal or nonexistent, because they weren’t earning large incomes to support their families at the time of their death.

Florida Wrongful Death Damages

Florida wrongful death law, however, permits a wide range of damages in wrongful death claims. The family can seek payment to compensate them for medical and funeral expenses for their lost loved one, loss of earnings to the family, and loss of companionship. Loss of companionship is a monetary award that compensates the family for their loss above and beyond the costs of funeral expenses and lost financial support. Overall, Florida has a relatively generous wrongful death damages statute that does not limit the family’s compensation to lost wages.

If your loved one was killed in a car accident, work accident, or because of hospital or nursing home negligence, you need compassionate and dedicated legal representation. Our firm is experienced in handling Florida wrongful death claims and will help you through the legal process during this difficult time. If you have any questions about Florida wrongful death settlements or whether you have a Florida wrongful death case, our Tampa wrongful death attorneys would be glad to speak with you.

You can reach us at 888-We-Mean-It (888-936-3264) or by email at info@brookslawgroup.com.

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