Wrongful Death Actions in Florida
For the families of victims killed by another party’s negligence, there is almost nothing worse than knowing their loved one died a preventable death. No lawsuit or damage award can bring your deceased loved one back, and the idea of seeking monetary compensation for a loved one’s life is sometimes upsetting to family members.
Compensation may be desperately needed, though. During this difficult time, the last things families want to deal with are unexpected costs, like end of life expenses and lingering medical bills, lost income, and costs associated with burial and funeral arrangements.
If your loved one died due to someone else’s negligence and you are struggling to pay the resulting bills or do not know how you will manage without your loved one’s income and financial support, one of our experienced wrongful death lawyers in Clermont can help.
The Purpose of a Florida Wrongful Death Claim
In addition to providing much-needed compensation for financial losses, a wrongful death claim can be empowering for families who have been victimized by the negligent or reckless actions that brought about their loved one’s untimely passing.
Our compassionate attorneys who handle wrongful death cases often find that families who work to hold the party responsible for their loved one’s death accountable in fact experience some of the closure necessary for those family members to begin to move forward with their lives.
Florida’s Comparative Negligence Standard
Florida operates under a so-called comparative negligence standard that allows victims – or their estates, if deceased – to recover compensation even if the other side proves in court that the victim contributed in part to his or her own death.
Many other states bar such victims who are partially responsible for causing the unsafe conditions from recovering anything at all from the more culpable party. However, the standard in Florida allows families to continue to seek justice even if a small – or, for that matter, large – percentage of the fault belonged to the victim.
Common Causes for Wrongful Death Claims in Florida
There are many different scenarios that could lead to the death of someone at the hands of someone else’s negligent or reckless choices. Some of the most common wrongful death claims include but are not limited to:
- Medical malpractice,
- Surgical mistakes,
- Medication errors,
- Driving under the influence,
- Product liability,
- Dangerous drugs,
- Toxic exposure,
- Nursing home neglect,
- Defective medical devices,
- Drug overdose,
- Car and large truck accidents,
- Motorcycle crashes,
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents,
- Hit and runs,
- Workplace accidents,
- Deadly assaults, and
Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Florida
If you believe your loved one’s death stemmed from negligence – even only a small amount – one of our experienced Clermont personal injury attorneys can help you determine whether a wrongful death action may be the right move for you.
Your personal injury lawyer with the Scoma Law Firm who handles wrongful death cases can look at the circumstances that led to your loved one’s death and determine whether you may have a valid claim.
However, it is important that you begin working with a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible, since the deadline in Florida for filing such a case is typically within two years of your loved one’s death.