What Type of Compensation Could You Receive in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
The loss of a family member or loved one can be painful and difficult to cope with, especially if their death was caused by someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or mistake. Wrongful death lawsuits can help families and loved ones seek justice on behalf of their loved ones through legal action.
Wrongful death lawsuits enable families to take legal action against the negligent or erroneous parties who caused the death of their loved one. By taking legal action, these families can help obtain justice on behalf of their loved ones and can prevent similar mistakes from recurring. Additionally, wrongful death lawsuits can help compensate families for their losses.
Depending on the damage you suffered and the circumstances of your loved one’s death, you may be entitled to a wide range of compensation. A “wrongful death” can happen on Florida roadways, at work, while running daily errands, or while traveling and vacationing with loved ones.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In Florida, a wrongful death claim can be filed by the deceased person’s spouse, their children, or their parents. Additionally, any partially or wholly dependent blood relatives or adoptive siblings can potentially be eligible to file a claim. In special circumstances, other relatives may be able to file. Florida’s statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits is two years from the date of the death.
What’s My Claim Worth?
Determining the value of a wrongful death claim is difficult because it varies in each case. In general, the value depends on the circumstances of the death, the loss the family experienced as a result, and the value of the financial costs associated with their death.
Compensation can increase or decrease depending on the following:
- The financial support the deceased person provided for his or her family.
- Future lost wages and net accumulations the deceased person could have earned while living.
- The cost of burial, memorial, or funeral expenses.
- The cost of medical expenses associated with the incident in question.
- The loss of companionship or guidance suffered when the deceased was a spouse, parent, sibling, etc.
- The emotional and mental pain caused due to the loss of a child.
Depending on how the court values your losses, monetarily and emotionally, the final figure will vary. If the loss was sudden, painful, or if it cost your family the loss of an essential earner, the value of your claim could be significantly higher. Some recent wrongful death figures at Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Littky-Rubin & Whitman include:
- $15.5 million verdict for a truck defect that caused a fatal crash in Florida.
- $15 million verdict for improper tire service that led to a tire blowout, rendering a man quadriplegic.
- $11 million verdict when a defective seatbelt killed a 25-year-old boy.
Many wrongful death results are confidential, which means that they settled before going to court. As an agreement to settle out of court, most cases will include a confidentiality clause.
Let Our Firm Help You
At Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Littky-Rubin & Whitman, we understand how painful it is to lose someone you love, especially when the circumstances of their loss may have been preventable. Our experienced attorneys can work with you to determine the value of your case, and we can use our ample skills and resources to build a solid claim in your favor. We are committed to helping our clients and their families seek maximum compensation after a wrongful death in order to help with the coping process. We know that monetary compensation can’t bring your loved one back, but it can help you recover and heal from the loss in peace.
Contact Clark,Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin to discuss your wrongful death case with our attorneys today.