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Sarasota, FL Wrongful Death
Few events are more traumatic than losing a loved one. If their death was preventable, it makes the loss even more devastating. An unexpected death can create financial burdens, including medical and funeral expenses, as well as the loss of a primary wage-earner.
If you believe the death of a loved one was caused by recklessness or negligence, the Morgan & Morgan team in Sarasota may be able to help. Our wrongful death attorneys have the experience and resources to fight for the compensation you deserve, including funeral expenses, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
With all there is to think about after an unexpected death, filing a lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind. However, if you suspect wrongdoing, our Sarasota team of attorneys can help evaluate if you have the grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit — all at no cost to you. Fill out our free case evaluation form to learn more.
Types of Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Florida law defines wrongful death as one that is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract of another person or entity. This can cover a fairly broad array of negligent or criminal activity, including:
- Medical malpractice such as improper diagnosis, botched surgery, defective medical devices, improper medication, or administering incorrect anesthesia.
- Auto or plane accidents caused by neglectful operators or defective parts.
- Hazardous substances or unsafe conditions in the deceased’s workplace.
- Criminal behavior resulting in untimely death.
The above is just a partial list; there are many other acts that could result in wrongful death. Contact our Sarasota team to find out more.
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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In Florida, wrongful death lawsuits must be filed by the personal representative of the deceased person's estate. Damages can be awarded to:
- The spouse, children, and parents of the deceased
- Any blood relative or adoptive sibling who is partly or wholly dependent on the deceased for support or services
- A child born to unmarried parents can recover damages in a wrongful death of his or her mother (or father, in some cases)
What Can Be Recovered?
Surviving family members in a wrongful death lawsuit can recover damages for:
- The support and services that were provided by the deceased
- The loss of companionship, guidance, and protection from the deceased person
- Mental and emotional pain and suffering
- Medical or funeral expenses
The estate of the deceased can also recover the following:
- Lost wages, benefits, and earnings, including what the deceased person could reasonably have been expected to make if he or she had lived
- Lost earnings the estate could reasonably have been expected to collect if the deceased person had lived
Statute of Limitations
A wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of death to meet Florida’s statute of limitations law. It is imperative that you act quickly if you think you might have a case.
Morgan & Morgan May Be Able to Help
Preparing a lawsuit can be overwhelming for people who are already grieving the loss of a loved one. Hiring an experienced lawyer can ease your burden and be your best chance of success.
At Morgan & Morgan, we have been fighting for the people for over 30 years. If you lost a loved one unexpectedly and want to see if a wrongful death lawsuit is an option, complete our free, no-risk case evaluation today. Nothing is due up front, and we only get paid if you win.