Losing a loved one can be a traumatic experience, especially if it is a sudden and unexpected wrongful death. A wrongful death is when a death occurs due to another individual’s misconduct. In these situations, families of the victim often want justice. This can be done by seeking financial compensation for the life that was taken away. An experienced attorney can guide the family to fight for proper compensation for their loss.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death can be a result of another person’s negligence, carelessness, or behavioral misconduct. This can include an automobile accident, product malfunction, medical malpractice, unsafe premises, and more. When this happens, families of the individual are left to deal with the aftermath of such a tragic event. Often times, they struggle with the loss of an income in addition to the loss of life.
Types of Cases
There are many different ways a wrongful death could occur. People typically pursue lawsuits in the event of the following situations:
- Defective products: If a product is defective, has an unsafe design, or lacks proper warnings, it may cause harm and possibly even death to consumers.
- Automobile accidents: When an accident and death happen because of a person’s negligent driving on the road. This can be because of distracted or dangerous driving.
- Medical negligence: If a patient dies because a health care professional did not provide them with the lawful standard of care.
When a person dies a wrongful death, it can leave their family with significant financial burdens. There are several expenses that come with handling a wrongful death. These can often become overwhelming to handle. This is why loved ones are able to seek compensation to cover these costs. This allows them to receive financial and emotional support. However, this can be complicated to do, which is why it is important to contact an experienced attorney for help. In the state of Florida, compensation may be awarded the following:
- Medical expenses before death
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages for the deceased’s future earnings
- Anxiety and emotional distress
- The loss of guidance a parent provided a child
- The loss of support from a deceased spouse, parent, or child
It is important to know that there is a statute of limitations on filing a claim for wrongful death. This is a deadline that people are required to meet in order to pursue legal action for wrongful deaths. The statute of limitations to file a claim in Florida is four years from the date of the death.
Contact our Firm
Cressman Law Firm, P.A. is committed to collecting compensation for medical malpractice and other personal injury victims in Winter Garden and the surrounding areas. If you have suffered an injury at the hands of a healthcare professional, we are here to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm today at (407) 877-7317 to schedule a free consultation.