If you have endured the death of a loved one that should never have happened in the first place, you may have grounds for a Florida wrongful death claim. In the aftermath of such an event, you may be confused as to how to recover financial losses as well as how to be compensated for the emotional devastation you have suffered. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we can provide the compassionate support you need at this difficult time. We are thoroughly versed in Florida wrongful death law and the procedures that follow. With a legal team of 30 attorneys supported by more than 130 investigators, case managers, and other assistants, we have the resources to fully address and pursue your claim through to a satisfactory settlement or civil court verdict. You’ll pay nothing unless we win compensation on your behalf – that is part of our No Fee Guarantee®.
Florida law defines a wrongful death as one that is caused by a “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty.” This means that if your family member died because of another’s intentional act (misconduct), unintentional but negligent action or inaction, or because of a defective consumer product, such as a faulty auto part, medical device, or pharmaceutical drug, the responsible party may be held liable for damages. Wrongful death law is based on the concept that if the deceased person would have had the right to pursue a personal injury claim had he or she lived, then you and immediate survivors have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Under Florida law, two types of wrongful death damages may be recovered. These include damages that survivors may be entitled to as well as damages that may be recovered by the deceased person’s estate. Survivors’ damages can include loss of support, services, companionship, parental guidance, mental pain and suffering, and any medical or funeral expenses that the survivors paid. Estate damages can include the loss of earnings and prospective net accumulations of the estate sustained due to the deceased person’s death as well as any medical and funeral expenses paid for by the estate.
Florida law includes a statute of limitations which limits the amount of time you have to file a wrongful death claim. This law gives you two years from the date of death to file your claim. If you fail to do so, you may lose your right to ever recover damages.
Wrongful deaths can be complicated legal matters which involve a wide variety of significant factors. That is why you should seek the input of a capable attorney for the answers and guidance you need. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene has been practicing Florida wrongful death law since 1997; we have helped to restore the resources of countless individuals and their families facing disastrous emotional and financial losses. We urge you to contact us at one of our offices in Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, Fort Myers, Orlando, Okeechobee today so that you can talk to an experienced legal professional about your situation.