Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences many of us will ever have to face. When a child, a spouse or another close family member passes away, it is normal to feel overwhelmed, struggle with painful emotions, and worry about financial or mental stability. The loss can feel particularly devastating – and, indeed, wholly senseless – if your loved one dies because of another person’s intentional, reckless, or negligent actions.
Under Florida law, when a person dies as the result of another person’s wrongful act, the family of the deceased person can file a lawsuit in civil court to seek financial compensation for their losses from the responsible person or entity. This kind of lawsuit is called a “wrongful death” action.
If you are struggling to pick up the pieces after an unexpected death in the family, the Alexander Law Practice can help you take a step toward recovery by representing you and your family in a wrongful death claim.
Why Should I Pursue a Wrongful Death Action?
If you find yourself in this unfortunate position, you might reasonably ask whether a lawsuit is the right answer. The prospect of a legal process can seem intimidating and stressful, and you might wonder if it will bring any real relief during an already challenging time.
While it is certainly true that a court decision or a settlement will never compensate you for the death of your loved one, pursuing a wrongful death action serves an important purpose. A wrongful death action may result in a financial award or settlement from the person or entity whose actions caused your loved one’s death. A financial award or settlement payment can help ensure that your loved one’s final expenses are covered, as well as make up for any loss of income you may have experienced, cover mental health and other medical expenses, and generally alleviate the significant financial stressors.
Perhaps even more importantly, a wrongful death action is a powerful mechanism for bringing justice to every party responsible for your family’s loss. A wrongful death action in civil court offers another option for placing responsibility where it belongs, either in place of or in conjunction with criminal prosecution. In some cases, the person or business who caused your loved one’s death may not be subject to criminal charges, or there may not be enough evidence or the right kind of evidence available to hold the perpetrator liable under criminal laws that would result in jail time or fines. By pursuing a wrongful death action, even if the person or business who caused your loved one’s death avoids criminal penalties, you can take a significant step toward ensuring that no one else will have to suffer the same needless pain that you and your family endured.
What Costs Can I Recover?
By bringing a wrongful death claim, you may be able to recover compensation to cover medical and funeral expenses paid for the deceased person. In many cases, you can also recover money to support the family of the victim, including actual and projected lost wages, benefits, and other earnings. Depending on the circumstances, the person who caused your loved one’s death may even be responsible for paying damages for the survivors’ loss of companionship, protection, guidance, even mental pain and suffering.
How Can The Alexander Law Practice Help?
If you are considering pursuing a claim for wrongful death, but have concerns about the process, you are not alone. We understand the challenges you may be facing, and the anxiety and frustration that comes along with them, and our priority is to help make you as whole as possible. With the Alexander Law Practice, you will have devoted advocates on your side, guiding you through the process from beginning to end to ensure that you know what to expect. We encourage you to contact us today to speak with an attorney who can evaluate your case.