Wrongful Death Florida
Wrongful death refers to a lawsuit which alleges that the victim was killed as a result of the negligent conduct or misdeeds of another.
The loss of a family member due to an accident or injury causes great pain, and turmoil as well as unimaginable loss within a family. Often the suddenness of the loss and confusion leaves the decedents family feeling powerless, and with many questions unanswered.
While hiring an attorney in the immediate aftermath of a tragic death may seem relatively unimportant in the face of such a severe loss; hiring the right lawyer is a critical decision that will dramatically affect the lives of the surviving spouse and family members.
The highly experienced attorneys and staff at Sharpe P.A. always provide a compassionate, professional environment where our clients know that we are listening to them and working for them.
For our seriously injured clients, and families who have lost a loved one;
- Out attorneys can meet with you at your home or any other location convenient for you and your family
- We are always available, and will take as much time as you need in answering any of your questions.
- With years of experience and dedication to clients who have been seriously injured, and families who have lost loved ones, we have a history of successful settlements and verdicts.
Our professional staff and experienced attorney are here to help you.
Wrongful death suits may result from motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian or bicycling accidents, incidents on another’s premises (inadequate security, inadequate supervision, falls) trucking accidents, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, dangerous or defective products, among others.
In order to help you understand how a Florida wrongful death claim is maintained, please see the applicable statute below;
The Florida Wrongful Death Act provides that it is the public policy of the State of Florida to shift the losses resulting when wrongful death occurs from the survivors of the decedent to the wrongdoer.
The purpose of the Act is thus twofold:
(1) To substitute the financial resources of the wrongdoer for the resources of the decedent, in an attempt to meet the financial obligations of the decedent; and
(2) To prevent a tortfeasor from evading liability for his or her misconduct when such misconduct results in death.
In an action for wrongful death, the decedent’s personal representative is to recover all damages caused by the injury resulting in death for the benefit of the decedent’s survivors, and the decedent’s estate. In this connection, the term “survivors,” as used in the Act, includes the decedent’s:
- blood relatives, when partly or wholly dependent on the decedent for support or services
- adoptive brothers and sisters, when partly or wholly dependent on the decedent for support or services
- Except for the decedent’s estate, the Florida Wrongful Death Act limits recovery for wrongful death to these statutory survivors.