How much a wrongful death lawsuit is worth will vary on a case-by-case basis. Florida Statute § 768.21 allows you to potentially collect financial compensation for:
- Current loss of support and services
- Future loss of support and services
- Loss of the companionship and protection
- Mental and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of parental companionship
- Loss of parental instruction and guidance
- Medical, funeral, and burial expenses
- Loss of the deceased person’s earnings
Many of these damages are only available depending on your relationship to the deceased. In addition, the amount of each of these damage types can vary greatly. Your lawyer may help you determine your eligibility to pursue compensation. Your lawyer may also help you determine the types and amounts of damages you can collect and assign an accurate value to your total claim for financial compensation.
Define Your Familial Relationship in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Your ability to pursue financial recovery through a wrongful death lawsuit begins with defining your relationship with the deceased. Not every family member is eligible for financial compensation, according to Florida Statute § 768.21. To file a claim for wrongful death, you must be the decedent’s:
- Biological or adoptive mother
- Biological or adoptive father
- Biological or adoptive child
A deceased person’s siblings or other relatives might also be eligible for financial compensation. Discuss your eligibility to file a claim for wrongful death with your lawyer if you relied on the deceased person for financial support.
File Your Wrongful Death Lawsuit On Time
A wrongful death lawsuit can be difficult must comply with the relevant laws of your state. According to Florida Statute § 768.19, you may have a valid wrongful death claim if your loved one’s death was caused by “the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of any person, including those occurring on navigable waters, and the event would have entitled the person injured to maintain an action and recover damages if death had not ensued.”
Once you determine your loved one’s death entitles you to pursue compensation, you also have to meet the state’s time restriction. You generally have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file your lawsuit, according to Florida Statute § 95.11. Failing to file your lawsuit within the allotted time could mean you risk not being able to receive compensation at all. Your lawyer may be able to help ensure your case complies with the statute of limitations and is filed on time.
You May Be Able To Get Financial Compensation for the Wrongful Death of a Loved One
When you lose a loved one due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation from the at-fault party. When you are ready to pursue compensation and find out how much your wrongful death lawsuit is worth, contact the client care team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling 1-800-747-3733 today.
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