Wrongful death is the result of an individual’s negligence that leads to another individual’s untimely death. A wrongful death case may arise in a number of different contexts, including, but not limited to, car accidents, construction site accidents, negligent security issues, swimming pool accidents, medical malpractice, and even slip and fall accidents.
The goal of a wrongful death case is to get compensation to the survivors and beneficiaries for their loss. Pursuant to Florida’s Wrongful Death Act, the following are examples of damages that are considered in a wrongful death case:
• For the Estate, loss of earning of the deceased from the date of injury to the date of death less loss of support for survivors excluding contributions in kind, with interest;
• For the Estate, loss of prospective net accumulations which might reasonably have been expected but for the wrongful death, reduced to present money value;
• For the Estate, any medical or funeral expenses incurred or paid on behalf of the deceased;
• For the decedent’s survivors, compensation for pain and suffering, and loss of companionship relative to the complaint; and
• For the decedent’s survivors, loss of support and services.
In times of grief, it is obviously difficult for family members to understand the importance of a prompt investigation of the circumstances of the death, preservation of evidence and identification of responsible parties.
If someone you love died a wrongful death and you don’t know what to do, you may have a valid claim for those injuries. Call Metts Legal, P.A. today for a free consultation.