A wrongful death claim is an action taken by the surviving family of a person who died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another person or entity.
The following are some important facts about wrongful death claims:
Eligibility: A wrongful death claim may only be filed by certain family members, such as the spouse, children, or parents.
Statute of Limitations: It’s important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after a loved one’s death to ensure that the statute of limitations is not missed.
The statute of limitations for a wrongful death case in Florida is two years. This means that close family members have exactly two years to file a claim for compensation if a loved one dies as a result of negligence. There might be an exception if the death is due to medical malpractice or homicide. The time limit and when it will start will vary.
Burden of proof: To win a wrongful death case, the surviving family members must prove that the defendant caused the death of their loved one through negligence or an intentional act.
Damages: The damages that can be awarded in a wrongful death case can include compensation for medical and funeral expenses, suffering, and loss of income.
Legal representation: It is advisable to seek the assistance of an experienced wrongful death attorney who will be able to help the family navigate the legal system and construct a strong case.
It is essential to understand the process, requirements, and potential outcomes of a wrongful death claim before deciding whether or not to pursue one.
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