In Florida, a wrongful death is one that a person or entity causes through any “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty.” Wrongful deaths are especially painful and difficult to come to terms with. When someone else’s negligence results in the death of a loved one, it can feel like the world is caving in around you. It may seem unfathomable to think that someone’s recklessness or carelessness has torn your loved one away forever. The knowledge that proper care and attention might have prevented death is devastating. The wrongful death lawyers at Fiol Law Group empathize with surviving family members after the wrongful death of a loved one. Contact our office today and let us help you during this difficult time.
Why File a Wrongful Death Claim in Tampa?
A wrongful death claim may be the last thing on your mind after the death of a loved one. You may be focused on planning a funeral, paying for burial expenses, or sorting through the mountain of medical bills left behind. However, a wrongful death claim can:
- Help you recover costs and compensate your family for other damages.
- Give you a much-needed sense of closure. Pursuing justice for your deceased wife, husband, child, or parent can give your family what it needs to begin to heal.
- Shed light on the defendant’s negligence and help others. By exposing negligence, these claims can prevent future wrongful death cases.
Frequently Asked Questions: Wrongful Death
Q. Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?
Florida law is clear here – only surviving family members may file a wrongful death claim. Depending on the deceased’s age, spouses, parents, and sometimes children, are most likely to successfully file.
Q. What are the Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Florida?
Generally, surviving family members have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim. There are some exceptions, however. The Jeffrey Klee Memorial Act of 2010 removed the two year statute of limitations when the deceased was a victim of murder or manslaughter. Other exceptions exist, but are not as black and white. Our lawyers will be able to identify such exceptions while discussing your case in a free consultation.
Q. Who Can Be Sued for Wrongful Death?
Negligent actions are the key to a successful wrongful death claim. If a party acted negligently, there is an option to sue. The at-fault party may be an individual; a business; or a federal,state, local government agency, for example.
Damages in Wrongful Death Claims
If your lawsuit is successful, the courts may award you compensation for the damages you and your family have suffered. Damages in these kinds of cases include:
- Payment for the value of lost support and services
- Loss of companionship
- Mental and emotional pain and suffering
- Medical/funeral expenses family members paid
- Lost wages and benefits
- Medical/funeral expenses the estate paid
Theamounts of damages you receive in a wrongful death case will vary depending on the circumstances of your loved one’s death. Speak to Fiol Law Group for a more detailed idea of what types of damages your family may be eligible to receive. We can help you understand your rights and privileges as a family member of the deceased. Our free consultations may be well worth your while if we believe you have grounds for a claim.
Legal Help from Our Family to Yours
The wrongful death lawyers at Fiol Law Group are dedicated to helping victims in Tampa. Don’t let the responsible party get away without facing justice. Fiol Law Group may be able to help you receive the money you need during this tough time. Call (813) 223-6773 or fill out our online contact form to speak with one of our attorneys.