What is a wrongful death claim?
Wrongful death is a claim brought against a party whose negligence caused the death of another. The actions of the accused would be deemed outside of the scope of what a reasonable, careful person would do in the same situation.
These types of incidents can include, but are not limited to: airline, bus, or boating accidents, workplace accidents, medical malpractice or negligence, or exposure to hazardous substances. Because of the serious nature of wrongful death cases, they can be difficult to prove and can take quite a while to resolve.
The State of Florida requires such a suit to be filed within four years of the incident. Under a few specific circumstances, that timeframe can be extended. However, extremely narrow criteria must be met for this to apply to your case. In addition, there are two different forms of damages that can be awarded: compensatory and punitive. You can find out more about these damages on this page of our FAQ guide.
Wrongful death cases should never be faced alone. If your loved one passed away due to someone else’s negligence, your best option is to contact an experienced attorney who can fight your case for you.