Plantation Wrongful Death Lawyer
Caring for the Families of Accident Victims in Florida
Nothing is more difficult in life than losing a loved one unexpectedly, especially when you know the death could have been prevented. Oftentimes one person's careless or reckless behavior can cause the unthinkable: the death of another human being. Every day, innocent people are killed in preventable accidents, and at the Law Offices of Jason T. Corsover we strive to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions.
We do this by representing clients in wrongful death suits, which can be filed when a person's death is caused by the negligence of another person or entity. Often times a single person can be found negligent; while in some instances a large corporation such as a drug company can be found responsible. Survivors of the deceased are entitled to receive compensation, and a Plantation personal injury attorney can help make sure the maximum amount of compensation is given in these situations. If your lawyer can prove that another party is responsible for your loved one's death, you may be entitled to compensation for expenses associated with the death.
Some expenses which may be compensated include the following:
- Medical, funeral and burial costs;
- Lost benefits from the death;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental anguish of the survivors; and
- Survivor's loss of emotional support
Determining Who Is Eligible to Sue
Suffering from the death of a loved one can be one of the most difficult scenarios a person will ever deal with. It, however, is important to recognize that not everyone will be able to bring a claim against the wrongful party. The Florida Wrongful Death Act, defined under §§768.16-768.26 of the Florida Statutes (2011), outlines those who have a right of action following the wrongful death. Under this section of the law "survivors" are defined as being the immediate family of the decedent. This includes spouse, children, parents, adoptive siblings and blood relatives. Blood relatives and adoptive siblings, however, are only considered survivors when they are dependent on the decedent for support.
For example, if a sister loses her job and goes to live with her brother, who is fully responsible for taking care of her financially, she could be considered dependent on him. In cases of children who were born out of wedlock, the state of Florida will always recognize them for the mother; however, they are only recognize for the father if he had acknowledged paternity and had been paying support.
Florida Statutes §768.20 outlines that a wrongful death may be sought by the personal representative of the decedent. This person will then take all damages and distribute them amongst the survivors and the decedent's estate. According to this section of the law, any expenses associated with the claim or lawsuit (such as attorneys' fees and litigation), will be paid by the personal representative and deducted from the awards that are sustained during the process.
Following the death of a loved one, you only have two years to file a wrongful death suit, so it is important to hire a lawyer as soon as possible so that they can have ample time to investigate and evaluate your potential claim. Your personal injury attorney realizes how difficult this situation is for you, and will do everything possible to get you the compensation you deserve after the tragic loss of your loved one. At the Law Offices of Jason T. Corsover, we recognize how difficult it can be to deal with the loss of a loved one and we are fully prepared to go the distance in our efforts to prove you with high-quality and compassionate care.