Wrongful Death Settlement

by Aaron Delgado
October 7th, 2018

In addition to emotional devastation, the wrongful death of a loved one can cause devastating financial hardships, especially if the deceased was a primary provider. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or recklessness of another, you and your family may be facing massive medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, lost benefits, and other costs.

While nothing can make up for the death of your loved one, you may also be feeling that the responsible party has made no effort to even try. A wrongful death settlement can provide compensation to help ease the burden of, among other things, medical bills, funeral expenses, and loss of companionship, while also providing a way to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions.

Wrongful Death Damages in Florida

Legally, a wrongful death case is a civil claim, which means it must be brought to court by a personal representative of the deceased’s estate. All damages in a wrongful death case are expressed in terms of their monetary value and will be paid to the estate or qualifying surviving family members.

Section 768.21 of the Florida Statutes defines the rules for how damages can be awarded following a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida. Depending on the circumstances of each case, the types of damages to be recovered may include:

  • Loss of support and services
  • Loss of companionship and protection
  • Mental pain and suffering
  • Loss of parental companionship, instruction, and guidance
  • Medical or funeral expenses due to the deceased’s injury or death which were paid by any surviving family member

If applicable, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate may also recover:

  • Lost wages, benefits, and other earnings
  • Lost “prospective net accumulations” of the estate
  • Medical or funeral expenses due to the deceased’s injury or death which were paid directly by the estate

How to Recover Losses

There are many variables that come into play when determining the amount of recoverable damages in a wrongful death case. In order to receive the full amount of compensation to which you and your family are entitled, you will need an experienced Florida wrongful death attorney. At Delgado & Romanik, we deeply care about our clients and will begin working immediately to get you the greatest possible wrongful death settlement for your case. To schedule an appointment with a compassionate and experienced wrongful death attorney today, contact our office at 386-492-8694.