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
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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