Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Florida?
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s careless, reckless or negligent actions, you may be wondering what steps you can take to hold the responsible party accountable. Apart from facing criminal charges, the at-fault party may be liable for compensating you and your family for the untimely loss that you have suffered under the provisions of the Florida Wrongful Death Act. In fact, Florida Code §768.18 states that the deceased’s surviving family “may recover the value of the lost support and services from the date of the decedent’s injury to her or his death, with interest, and future loss of support and services from the date of death.” So who qualifies as a “survivor” under the law?
Depending on the case, those eligible to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit may include:
- Spouse of the deceased
- Children of the deceased
- Blood relatives of the deceased
- Parents of the deceased
- Siblings of the deceased
- Adoptive siblings of the deceased
Pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit can prove to be a complex legal process. For this reason, it may be in your best interests to retain the experienced legal counsel of a West Palm Beach wrongful death attorney from the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. In doing so, you can ensure that you are able to put your best foot forward and maximize your chances of financial recovery. In one of our firm’s most recent wrongful death cases, we were able to secure more than $2.5 million dollars on behalf of our client. In another, we recovered $1.851 million in damages. That being said, you can trust that your case will be in competent hands. Call today at (800) 690-7868 for a free initial consultation.