Wrongful Death Claims in Florida: What Families Need to Know

Grieving the loss of a loved one is never easy. When that loss comes as a result of someone else’s negligence or misconduct, the pain is amplified by a sense of injustice. In Florida, when a person’s death is caused by wrongful acts, negligence, breach, or default of another person or entity, the surviving family members may be entitled to compensation. At Shannon J. Sagan P.A, we recognize that no amount of compensation can replace your loved one, but it can alleviate some of the financial burdens that often accompany such tragedies.

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Eligibility to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida 

In Florida, not everyone is eligible to file a wrongful death claim. The state’s laws dictate that a personal representative of the deceased person’s estate must file the claim. This representative is typically named in the deceased’s will or estate plan. If there isn’t one, the court will appoint a representative. While the claim is filed by the representative, it’s on behalf of the deceased’s surviving family members – often including spouses, children, parents, and other dependents.

The Emotional and Financial Impact 

Losing a loved one unexpectedly leaves a void that’s hard to fill. Beyond the emotional anguish, families often face financial challenges – from funeral expenses to loss of income, especially if the deceased was the primary earner. A wrongful death claim can provide compensation for medical and funeral expenses, loss of the deceased person’s expected earnings, loss of inheritance, and more. Furthermore, survivors can claim compensation for loss of companionship, protection, and mental pain and suffering.

Timelines and Deadlines in Florida 

Time is of the essence when considering a wrongful death claim in Florida. The state has a strict statute of limitations, which generally gives families two years from the date of death to file a claim. However, there are certain exceptions and nuances to this rule. Missing this window can mean forfeiting the right to seek compensation, making it crucial to act swiftly and consult with a legal professional.

Why Choose Shannon J. Sagan P.A in Florida? 

Handling the intricacies of a wrongful death claim can be challenging, especially when grieving. At Shannon J. Sagan P.A, we take pride in providing compassionate, efficient, and effective legal services to the families in Florida. Our commitment is to stand by your side, ensure your rights are protected, and help you obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve.

If you’re facing the aftermath of a loved one’s wrongful death, let us support you. Our experienced team at Shannon J. Sagan P.A understands the unique challenges of these cases. Contact us at 561-DASHCAM (352-5299) to schedule your free case evaluation.

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