Have you recently lost a family member to someone else’s negligence and have questions about the legal rights in a wrongful death case? Contact the experienced Jacksonville wrongful death attorneys at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. to schedule a free consultation. In the meantime, read this article to get a better idea of how these cases work in Florida.
Legal Rights in a Wrongful Death Case | Bringing Suit Against the Liable Party
There are many possible liable parties that could be responsible for your loved one’s passing. That can include one individual person, a company, or government entities. If they acted in a negligent or careless way that caused a fatality, then they can be held responsible for the death of your loved one. By law, the people who are permitted to bring a wrongful death claim and receive compensation are the spouses of the deceased, minor children of the deceased, or parents to minors who were lost in an accident. There are rare exceptions to these laws when needed.
Legal Rights in a Wrongful Death Case | Compensation
Those who bring a wrongful death claim will be receiving compensation for the following:
- Any medical bills that are owed due to attempt at life-saving treatment
- Expenses and costs for the funeral
- Any lost wages or income that you would have gotten from the deceased throughout their lifetime to support the family before their untimely death
- A loss of companionship for the surviving family members after losing this extremely important person in their life
It is very hard to determine how much compensation should be for a wrongful death because a lot of the damages are considered to be non-economic such as the loss of companionship. Many times, there has to be an expert come in and evaluate the case as determine the economical damages. They will determine the life expectancy of your loved one had this accident not killed them, and how much they might have made in their lifetime. One of our Jacksonville wrongful death lawyers will be here to guide you through this process as it is complicated and should not be a weight on your shoulders.
Legal Rights in a Wrongful Death Case | Consult with an Attorney
Edwards & Ragatz want to help you get by after this incident. If you have lost a loved one, please do not hesitate to call our dedicated and experienced Jacksonville wrongful death lawyers. We will take over every bit of legal aspect of your case so that you don’t have to bear the weight of that and can tend to your family in this tragic event.