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Why File a Wrongful Death Claim?

The loss of a loved one is a tragic situation that one may never fully recover from. Knowing that your parent, child, spouse or other family member would still be with us today, had another person not been negligent or reckless, makes the situation unbearable. The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to provide relief to the surviving family members of a person who has lost his or her life due to the negligent conduct of another.

The emotional, psychological injury sustained from the loss of a loved one is immeasurable. There are also financial difficulties a family may experience, only making the situation worse. By bringing the responsible party to justice and recovering money for physical, financial and emotional damages, however, those who have lost a loved one can seek some relief.

Florida Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

In Florida wrongful death cases, special consideration is given to the statute of limitation, which is generally a two-year period from the date of the decedent's death. You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation, but keep in mind that a lawsuit must be filed prior to the expiration of that statute of limitations. As such, a wrongful death lawyer at our firm should hear your case as soon as possible.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?

According to Florida law, a personal representative of the deceased estate can file a wrongful death claim. If such a person does not exist yet, the court will appoint one. Usually a personal representative of the estate is a family member of the deceased, however this is not mandatory.

Any compensation recovered will be distributed among certain family members and the deceased’s estate regardless of who filed the claim. According to Florida Statutes section 768.21 common damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death claim include but are not limited to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost wages and benefits the deceased would have earned
  • Loss of support, companionship and guidance
  • Mental and emotional pain

Smith & Stallworth Is Here for You!

At the end of the day, friends, family, and loved ones have to choose a law firm that they feel comfortable with and have confidence in. The lawyers at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law are distinguished former prosecutors and esteemed litigators, with skills and experience devoted to getting to the root cause of such tragic losses and championing the rights of the victimized. We have recovered millions on behalf of our clients and are ready to help you.

Contact a wrongful death lawyer in Tampa for skilled representation if negligence has led to the loss of a loved one. We are available 24/7 and offer free initial consultations.

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