Have You Lost A Loved One Due To The Negligence Of Others?
In Florida, a person who has lost a loved one because of another’s carelessness or recklessness can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover for the financial aftereffects of such a loss. Wrongful death claims arise from the same types of cases that ordinarily provide grounds for personal injury lawsuits, such as car accidents, truck accidents, slip-and-falls, premises liability claims and defective products. When a person is an accident victim and their injuries are fatal, surviving family members could be entitled to financial compensation.
At my firm, Jared Newman, Esq., I understand the emotional toll that an unexpected death takes on a family. I also know that an unexpected death brings unexpected and significant expenses. I am Jared Newman, and I will fight for the compensation you deserve. Call 954-281-7709 to schedule a free and confidential appointment with me.
Filing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit In Florida
Not every person is entitled to file a wrongful death claim in Florida. To hold another party financially liable for negligent conduct that resulted in the loss of a loved one, the victim must have been a close relative. For example, a spouse is entitled to file a wrongful death claim if their spouse is killed due to the negligence of a person, company or government agency. You are also permitted to pursue monetary compensation if your child died because of another’s conduct. If you lose a parent, you might be able to file a wrongful death claim. This right also extends to other dependent blood relatives and adoptive children or stepparents.
I will work directly with the deceased’s personal representative to file a lawsuit on behalf of any beneficiaries who have a right to compensation.
Damages Available In A Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuit
People who file personal injury lawsuits are typically seeking monetary compensation for their injuries and the damages they have suffered, including medical expenses and lost income. Similar compensation is available in a wrongful death claim. When you lose someone unexpectedly, you will incur funeral and burial costs. You are entitled to be compensated for these expenses. However, many people are not aware of the wide range of damages associated with a wrongful death claim.
The Deceased’s Income
When you lose a beloved family member, you could also be losing the primary source of family or household income. On top of your devastating emotional loss, you must now face mounting bills and monthly expenses. Even in situations when the deceased was not the primary breadwinner, the loss of their income could still create a significant hole in your family’s resources. In some cases, a parent will lose an adult child who provided financial support that made it possible to pay their household expenses or medical costs. Receiving compensation for a loved one’s lost income will not heal the emotional wounds; however, it could lift a financial burden.
The Cost Of Lost Services
Not every contribution to a family or household is financial. Many people contribute to the running of a home through their services. Even those who did contribute financially probably performed valuable services on a day-to-day basis. This is a category of possible compensation that many people do not necessarily consider. I will work closely with you to help determine the value of the services your loved one rendered you and your family.
For example, child care for younger children is a vital contribution to a home. It could cost a family thousands of dollars to replace someone who cared for the children during the day or after school. Aging adults also require care, and if you lost someone who cared for your elder parents or family members, you could incur unexpected additional monthly expenses.
In other cases, the deceased cared for the home, such as in making minor repairs, mowing the lawn and doing the house cleaning and laundry. Every one of these tasks could cost a significant amount of money if the person who did them was the victim of wrongful death.
Loss Of Companionship, Guidance, Support And Advice
When you lose a loved one, you lose much more than a paycheck or someone to take out the garbage. It is an emotional loss that impacts every aspect of your life. When a child loses their parent, they are no longer able to seek out advice or support. Losing a spouse is losing a life partner, someone with whom you shared your dreams and aspirations. You have lost an individual you anticipated would provide support and companionship to you for the rest of your life. While a wrongful death claim will not bring them back, it could provide the necessary resources to move on.
Expenses Incurred Before Death
In some cases, loved ones don’t die immediately from their injuries. Nonetheless, their families could still have grounds for wrongful death lawsuits. Sometimes, an injured person will take days, weeks or months to succumb to their injuries. During this time, your loved one could incur significant medical expenses. These costs should not be the burden of your loved one’s estate. You are also entitled to seek compensation for the pain and suffering that your loved one endured before their death.
Call Jared Newman, Esq., For A Free Consultation
If you have suffered loss because of someone else’s negligence, call my firm at 954-281-7709 to schedule a free appointment. I will always make time to speak with you, and I can fight on your behalf.