Losing a loved one unexpectedly is devastating for a Florida family. Funeral costs, emergency medical expenses and other losses can have a significant financial impact in addition to the emotional trauma. In some cases, an unexpected death of a family member could be grounds for a wrongful death claim if it was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another person.
There are certain things a claimant must do in order to successfully pursue compensation through the civil justice system. There are a few elements that must be present in order to prove liability. First, one individual must be properly designated to act on behalf of the decedent’s estate. There must also be proof that the death was the proximate cause of the fault of another party, such as the at-fault driver in a distracted driving accident.
Claimants in a wrongful death suit must also be able to prove they have suffered financially as a result of the loss. This could be because of immediate expenses, such as medical bills, the cost of the ambulance, property damage and funeral costs. They may also seek damages for future financial suffering, such as loss of income of the decedent. Damages may also be available for emotional duress.
A Florida family does not have to deal with the aftermath of a tragic accident alone. With the assistance of an experienced wrongful death attorney, it may be possible to seek legal recourse and pursue appropriate compensation. In order to determine if there are valid grounds for a claim, it is beneficial to seek an assessment of the case.