Dade City Wrongful Death Attorney
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At Karatinos Law, PLLC, we believe that the death of a loved one is one of the most difficult losses that a person can experience. When someone dies due to the negligence or wrongful actions of another person or organization, the family of the deceased may be entitled to compensation. Our Dade City wrongful death lawyer can help you understand your legal options and can zealously advocate on your behalf.
What is Considered a "Wrongful Death?"
In the state of Florida, a wrongful death is defined as the death of a person due to the wrongful, or negligent, actions of another. Wrongful death claims are filed by the surviving family members of the deceased and are used to recover damages in order to compensate for the economic and non-economic damages that they have suffered as a result of their loss.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida
In order to recover damages, the family of the deceased must prove that the wrongful party was at fault for the death of their loved one. If the family is successful in proving this, they may be entitled to compensation.
In Florida, the following individuals are typically eligible to file a wrongful death claim:
- The personal representative of the deceased person's estate: This is typically appointed by the court and is responsible for managing the affairs of the estate. The personal representative is the primary party who files the wrongful death claim on behalf of the estate and the surviving family members.
- Surviving spouse: The spouse of the deceased person has the right to file a wrongful death claim.
- Children: The children of the deceased person, including both minor and adult children, have the right to file a wrongful death claim.
- Parents: If the deceased person was a minor, their parents can file a wrongful death claim. In some cases, if the deceased person was an adult and had no surviving spouse or children, the parents may also have the right to file a claim.
The family of the deceased may seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include things such as medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost wages. Non-economic damages are used to compensate the family for things such as the loss of companionship, the loss of love, and the loss of the deceased's future earnings.
Florida's Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
In the state of Florida, there is a statute of limitations that dictates how long a family has to file a wrongful death claim. The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in the state of Florida is set at two years. If the wrongful death occurred due to an act of medical malpractice, the statute of limitations is set at four years.
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If your loved one died due to the wrongful actions of another person or entity, we can help you understand your rights and can assist you in seeking compensation. Our firm can help you understand your rights and help you and your family through this difficult and trying time.
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