In circumstances where someone dies as a result of injuries that he or she suffered in a personal injury accident, his or her surviving family members have a right to bring a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for the death. Essentially, what this means is that they are suing for damages in the place of the deceased person who is unable to sue for himself. In addition, they are collecting damages for their own loss of support and services, grief and bereavement, and economic losses associated with the death of their loved one.
Florida’s Wrongful Death Act allows those who have lost a family member as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing to pursue financial compensation for their loss. The act sets out the following with regards to filing a wrongful death claim in Florida:
The ultimate goal of Florida’s Wrongful Death Act is to shift the burden of the financial losses associated with the decedent’s death from his or her survivors to the individual or entity responsible for his or her death.
As with personal injuries, wrongful deaths can be caused by a variety of different circumstances. Some of the most common causes of wrongful deaths in Florida are: