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There is no greater tragedy in life than when a loved one is taken prematurely. And when we believe another to be responsible for that death, that only compounds the pain we feel. A claim of wrongful death is the recourse for survivors or the estate of a deceased person whose death may be attributable to the actions or negligence of another. If you believe that your loved one may have passed due to another's actions, our Miami wrongful death attorneys may be able to help you seek compensation to cover funeral costs, medical bills, and more.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death can be a confusing concept to the layman because there are often criminal charges that apply in the same set of circumstances. But while criminal charges are brought by the government and are intended to serve the interests of the public, a wrongful death claim is a civil suit brought by a decedent’s estate or their survivors, and it serves the financial interests of the claimant. A deceased person’s spouse, children, and parents can bring a wrongful death claim in Florida. So can any blood relative or adoptive sibling who depended, at least partially, on the decedent for support. Florida’s statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is two years in most cases.
Types of Damages
The legal term “damages” refers to money or property paid from one entity to another as compensation for loss or injury. A Miami wrongful death suit may seek to recover up to three types of damages.
Economic damages include the survivor’s expenses incurred as a result of the death, as well as lost income. Examples of economic damages include:
- Medical and funeral expenses;
- Loss of the decedent’s earnings;
- Loss of benefits, such as pensions and health care coverage.
Non-economic damages are less tangible damages that nevertheless often have greater monetary value than economic damages. Non-economic damages include:
- Mental pain and suffering;
- Loss of companionship and protection;
- Loss of “support and services” such as guidance, advice, and nurturing;
- Loss of consortium from a spouse.
Punitive damages apply only in extraordinary circumstances and are intended not to compensate the survivor for their loss, but to punish the defendant for egregiously bad behavior. For example, treble damages (three times actual damages) may be recovered from nursing homes responsible for elder abuse and death.
Justice for You and Your Loved Ones
If you have a wrongful death case, you already know that choosing a lawyer is a very important decision. And we know that taking such cases comes with great responsibility. We have extensive experience with cases like these and are prepared to pursue your case.
Call our Miami wrongful death lawyers today at (305) 400-0074 to schedule your no-obligation, free case evaluation with a member of our team.