What You Should Know About Wrongful Death Claims in Florida

Nov 22, 2021 - Personal Injury

If you recently lost a loved one to an untimely death as a result of another person’s negligence, you are most likely now seeking justice. Our firm has significant experience effectively handling wrongful death claims on behalf of our clients. We are on your side, and we will fight to ensure that the person who took your loved one away is held accountable for their actions. Continue reading and speak with our skilled and compassionate Jacksonville personal injury attorneys to learn more about wrongful death claims and how we can assist you and your family. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How is wrongful death defined under Florida law?

Wrongful death is a term for when a person loses his or her life as a result of a wrongful act. Typically, this is an act of negligence. For example, if a law-abiding pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle out of nowhere and lost his or her life, that pedestrian’s family should have a wrongful death claim. Of course, wrongful death can occur in a wide variety of ways, including in auto accidents, due to unsafe property conditions, or even at the hands of a negligent medical professional. 

Who can bring a wrongful death claim in Florida?

Here in Florida, certain heirs and beneficiaries can bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the decedent. Florida law states that only survivors who’ve been “most affected” by the decedent’s untimely death may bring wrongful death claims. It’s not always clear who the party “most affected” is, however, it is typically the decedent’s spouse, children, or parents. Our firm can determine whether you are the party most affected by the loss of your loved one and whether you may have a valid wrongful death claim. 

Are wrongful death claims time-sensitive in Florida?

Yes, they are. Unlike the statute of limitations for most other personal injury claims (four years), those who are looking to bring wrongful death lawsuits must do so within two years of the date of death. Waiting any longer than two years will most likely result in you losing your right to bring the wrongful death claim. Of course, no one wants to rush into the legal process of filing a lawsuit after the death of their loved one, however, doing so is a time-sensitive matter. Our firm can handle the legal aspect of your loss while you focus on what matters most: healing. 

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.

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