When an accident or negligent action results in the death of the victim, there are some family members that may be able to seek compensation for their loss through a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of lawsuit helps remaining family members cope with the financial losses they experience due to the loss of their family member.
A wrongful death can occur in any situation. It may be the result of a car or work accident, from a medical procedure or medical care, or even a criminal action. To determine if the death of your family member qualifies as this type of event you would need to speak to a Florida wrongful death attorney.
If the State of Florida, the only people that can file a wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Spouse of the victim
- Dependent children of the victim
- Parents of the victim if the victim was a minor
- Dependent family members who needed the victim to provide more than half of their financial support.
There have been some instances where a non-family member who received financial support from the victim was granted the ability to seek this type of compensation, but these cases are very rare.
If you have lost a loved one to any type of accident, it is important to speak to a Jacksonville wrongful death lawyer to see if you can seek damages under this Florida law. While compensation can never replace your loved one, it will help you with the financial issues, like funeral expenses, you are dealing with as you cope with your loss.