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Understanding Wrongful Death

If someone you love – perhaps your spouse, parent, or child – has lost his or her life as a result of someone else’s negligence, you likely feel devastated, bewildered, angry, and lost. At the Sutton Law Group, we understand your pain. While we can’t bring your loved one back, we want to help using our legal knowledge and experience. Depending on the circumstances, it is likely possible that you can file a wrongful death claim against the individual, company or other entity whose carelessness took your loved one’s life. If you can’t change what happened, you can at least seek justice, hold the faulty party accountable, and make sure you and other surviving relatives get compensation to help with funeral expenses and keep your family afloat without the person you lost.

Keep reading to find the answers to some common questions about wrongful death cases in Florida:

What qualifies as a wrongful death?

There are many types of circumstances that can warrant wrongful death claims. For example, a death caused by medical malpractice may be considered a wrongful death. Deaths from car accidents caused by faulty vehicles, faulty roadways, or negligent drivers can warrant wrongful death claims, as can workplace injuries leading to death and deaths caused by defective products. This is, unfortunately, only the tip of the iceberg. An attorney can help you determine if the way your loved one passed away warrants a wrongful death claim.

Who sues for wrongful death?

Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought by “real parties in interest.” This can be anyone who sees a financial loss as a result of the death, but is typically a close family member of the deceased.

Is there a statute of limitations on wrongful death?

Yes. In Florida, wrongful death claims must be filed within two years.

When filing a wrongful death suit, what can I ask for compensation for?

Some examples of what you might ask for compensation for include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost wages that the deceased would have earned and contributed to your household
  • Lost companionship
Are wrongful death laws the same across the country?

No! Wrongful death laws vary vastly from state to state. For this reason, it is important to connect with an attorney who is well-versed in your state’s personal injury laws. If you live in Florida, The Sutton Group is here to help you. We offer free phone consultations. Give us a call at (305) 667-4481 to schedule yours. We can’t wait to help you seek justice.

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