Who can recover compensation in a Florida wrongful death lawsuit?

Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, a lawsuit may be filed by the survivors of an individual whose death was caused by the wrongful act of another.

Under the statute, the term “survivors” includes the spouse, children and parents of the deceased person. It also may include other blood relatives or adoptive siblings if they were dependent on the deceased for support or services.

A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed in cases where another’s negligence, recklessness or willful wrongdoing results in an individual’s death. Common causes of wrongful death include car and truck accidents, construction and other workplace accidents, and medical malpractice.

The deceased person’s survivors may recover compensation for mental pain and suffering and for loss of companionship and financial support. In addition, medical and funeral expenses may be recovered. If the wrongful act was grossly negligent, reckless or intentional, then the court may also make the defendant pay punitive damages, which are intended to punish the wrongdoer.

If you lost a loved one through the fault of another, learn more about your rights by contacting Joyce & Reyes for a free consultation.

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