The death of a loved one is devastating; more so when it is caused by the carelessness, negligence or misconduct of another person or company.
In Florida, wrongful death cases are governed by the Wrongful Death Act. Under Florida law, survivors of the deceased may be entitled to recover compensation for the death of their loved one when wrongly caused by another. An action under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act may be filed “when the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of any person,” when the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty “would have entitled the person injured to maintain an action and recover damages if death had not ensued.” Survivors are defined by the Act as the decedent’s spouse, children, parents, and, wholly or partially dependent blood relatives and adoptive brothers and sisters.”
Generally, the spouse and children of a deceased are entitled to compensation when a wrongful death occurs. In some circumstances, parents and other relatives of a deceased may also be eligible for compensation following a wrongful death.
These cases are often complex and involve significant exposure to all parties involved. It is absolutely necessary that the attorney representing the family of a deceased know and understand the intricacies of the law pertaining to wrongful death, and have the ability and resources to effectively present such a case to a jury if necessary. Holbrook Law has years of experience handling wrongful death cases from start to finish.
The statute of limitations on wrongful death cases in Florida is shorter than the statute of limitations applicable to typical negligence cases so it is imperative that the loved ones of a deceased who was wrongly killed speak with a qualified and aggressive attorney as soon as possible to protect their rights.
No amount of money can replace the loss of a loved one, but the law permits, and justice demands, that families whose loved ones have suffered a wrongful death present claims seeking fair compensation for their loss at the hands of another.
If your loved one has been wrongly killed as a result of the carelessness or wrongdoing of another, call (904) 900-5533 or email your Holbrook Law wrongful death attorney to set up a no obligation, free consultation. In such cases, there is no fee unless a recovery is made in your case.