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What is a Wrongful Death Case Under Florida Law?
A wrongful death case typically involves the unexpected death of a loved one due to negligence or medical malpractice. Wrongful deaths are usually preventable and only occur because of another person or company’s neglect, wrongdoing, and lack of care. This makes them all the more tragic.
Common causes of wrongful deaths include the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents: If someone dies in a motor vehicle accident and the other driver was at fault, it is considered a wrongful death
- Medical malpractice: If a medical professional makes a surgical error, fails to properly diagnose your loved one’s condition, prescribes the wrong medication, or neglects care, they may be held responsible for any fatal injuries that occur as a result of their negligence.
- Workplace accidents: Chemical exposure, falls, or accidents with heavy machinery are all examples of potentially fatal workplace injuries
- Defective products: Including defective pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, automobiles, electronics, and more
- Toxic exposure: Illnesses caused by exposure to toxic substances, such as asbestos, paraquat, and AFFF
- Fires: If a landlord neglects to install smoke detectors or fire alarms, they may be held responsible for any burn injuries or deaths that occur as a result
- Building collapse: The recent Surfside condo collapse in Florida is just one example of the tragedies that can occur when people neglect safety. While the exact cause of the Surfside collapse is still under investigation, evidence suggests that for years it was known there were defects with the condo tower’s foundation and structural integrity.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Florida?
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida will vary depending on a few factors, including whether or not the deceased left a will and which family members they left behind. If a will exists, the executor or personal representative can file a lawsuit on behalf of the family. Otherwise, close relatives of the deceased can file a lawsuit.
A wrongful death lawsuit can help recover compensation for:
- Existing medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of future wages
- Loss of care and protection
- Loss of consortium
Which family members can receive compensation for a wrongful death lawsuit varies as each family’s circumstance is different. However, typically spouses, children, and parents can receive compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit.
Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help You Seek Justice
The Ferraro Law Firm empathizes with the level of grief and anger families experience when their loved one is taken away from them too soon. That’s why we fight so hard to help you hold the negligent parties accountable who may have caused your relative’s fatal injury or illness.