The very fact that you are reading this blog post means someone you care about has died. Please allow us to offer our deepest sympathies for your loss before we continue with what you should know about filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
As an experienced personal injury law firm in Hillsborough County, Florida, Hackworth Law, P.A. is intimately familiar with what goes into making your voice heard loud and clear in court. We know how to pursue the justice and compensation you seek. It won’t bring back your loved one, but it can help you deal with the uncertainty about the future.
Wrongful death claims are applicable in a few instances, such as when someone has been killed intentionally, when the victim dies due to malpractice, or when the person dies in a car accident involving negligence.
A claim can be filed on behalf of the survivors by someone representing the deceased’s estate, by a spouse, parents of a minor, or minor children whose parents who were killed. Others who are eligible to files claims include a romantic partner of the deceased or anyone who can prove they were financially dependent on the deceased person.
Plaintiffs must meet the same burden of proof that a living victim would have to reach. There are many categories for damages once you reach that burden of proof, and they can include the deceased person’s pain and suffering before death to medical costs to loss of expected income and several more.