Wrongful Death Cases and Florida Law

The unexpected death of a loved one is always a sad event. The death of a loved one due to negligence or misconduct on the part of another is inexcusable.

Wrongful death can take many forms. Its definition depends on the circumstances of the incident, but always as the result of someone else’s negligence or intentional misconduct. Some typical examples of wrongful death may occur:

  •  in car, truck, or motorcycle crashes
  •  in hospitals
  •  on someone else’s property
  •  at work
  •  from drugs
  •  from medical malpractice

There are many instances in which the Florida Wrongful Death Act  may apply to a case. This act explains the circumstances in which a death is considered wrongful and also helps decide who the personal representative should be in the case. The personal representative is the person who is entitled to make decisions about any monetary award and may also be the one who receives the money. The personal representative can be a spouse, child, or other party — but sometimes the true representative is difficult to determine. In some cases, it may be more than one person.

Another challenging aspect of a wrongful death case in Florida is determining the type and amount of monetary award the personal representative should receive. The monetary award could include the value of:

  • funeral expenses
  •  medical expenses
  •  current and future earnings
  •  mental anguish
  •  loss of companionship and more

A skilled lawyer can help with these situations. SmithLaw of Sarasota, Florida work hard on your behalf if you should have a wrongful death case.



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