A wrongful death does more than devastate a family emotionally. It can also cause severe financial hardship for family members who were fully or partially dependent on the deceased for services and financial support.
At Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, LLP in Miami, our lawyers will work hard to help you obtain the fullest possible recovery from the party or parties responsible for your loved one’s death. We represent families throughout South and Central Florida.
The following provide answers to questions we often receive from family members concerning compensation in wrongful death lawsuits.
Who Can Recover Compensation?
In Florida spouses, children and other blood relatives can recover compensation for their losses in a wrongful death case. Your right of recovery varies according to your relationship to the deceased. It may also vary based on your age or the age of the deceased.
Here is a summary of what family members can recover:
- Spouses can recover compensation for household services performed by the deceased, lost economic support if the deceased was employed, loss of companionship, and for mental pain and suffering.
- Children under the age of 25 can recover compensation for loss of parental guidance and companionship, and pain and suffering.
- Parents can recover compensation for pain and suffering if their child was under the age of 25 when he or she died.
- Blood relatives (siblings, grandchildren, parents, grandparents and other relatives) who are fully or partially dependent upon the person who died can recover for lost services and support.
- The estate or family of the deceased person can recover for medical expenses incurred prior to death, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and can also recover for loss of future earnings.
Our lawyers work with economists and other experts to obtain the maximum value of your wrongful death claim. We have recovered more than $100 million in compensation for our clients.
How Long Do I Have To File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In Florida, you have two years from the date of the person’s death to file a wrongful death claim. There are a few exceptions that would allow you to file a claim past this deadline.
Learn more: Who can file a wrongful death claim in Florida.
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We offer a no-cost and no-obligation case review to evaluate your wrongful death claim. Call 305-371-2692 or complete our simple contact form to schedule a consultation. Our attorneys can come to your home if it would be difficult for you to travel.