When you suffer the loss of a loved one, you lose more than just companionship. Especially when the deceased was the head of a household, the surviving family may be left with huge medical expenses, funeral costs and no income to help cover them. A Florida wrongful death lawsuit can help a grieving family recover the damages they suffered from the loss of their loved one when that death was the result of another’s negligence.
Every state has different laws as to what types of damages the surviving dependants may recover.
Through a Florida wrongful death lawsuit, survivors may claim:
- loss of support and services;
- loss of companionship and protection;
- mental pain and suffering; and
- medical and financial expenses incurred because of the wrongful death.
Children of the deceased may also claim the loss of parental companionship, instruction and guidance, depending on their age.
A wrongful death lawsuit settlement is designed to compensate the family of the deceased for the losses they experienced because of their loved one’s death. A fair settlement not only takes into account the current expenses the family faces from medical and funeral costs but also the future losses, such as the deceased’s earning potential.
The loss of companionship and support, as well as the pain and suffering the family experiences, is often known as non-economic damages, as they are not tangible amounts. There is no real formula for calculating these damages, so they are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
It is important to understand the purpose of a Florida wrongful death lawsuit, as well as the process for filing one. Not all deaths are determined eligible for a wrongful death claim and there is a specific process to determine who is able to file such a claim and when. For assistance with this process, it’s best to consult with an experienced Florida wrongful death lawyer.
Finding a Florida Wrongful Death Lawyer
When it comes to choosing a wrongful death lawyer, you can’t afford to play a game of chance. Picking a Florida wrongful death lawyer based on a colorful bus ad or a touching TV commercial won’t necessarily put you in touch with the attorney best suited for your case.
Palm Beach injury attorney Theodore Babbitt has spent years building his practice and growing his network of trusted colleagues and well-respected lawyers. Simply fill out our online form, and Mr. Babbitt will personally review your story to see if you have a valid wrongful death claim. He will then put you in touch with the attorney best-suited to handle your case. There is no cost to get started – 1-877-751-8087.