If you’re injured in an accident caused by the negligence of someone else, you have the right to sue for the damages you’ve suffered. But what if the accident leads to someone’s death? Who has the ability to seek justice for the wrongful death?
If the injury proves to be fatal, the power to sue goes to someone else.
What is a wrongful death accident?
Wrongful death is defined in the state of Florida as the death of an individual caused by the negligence of another party. In the case of a wrongful death, there are only a few individuals who have the right to file a lawsuit.
While some states only permit certain family members, Florida only allows the representative of the deceased’s estate to bring a lawsuit forward.
Who can sue in the case of a wrongful death accident?
A representative of an individual’s estate is often named in the individual’s will and testament. In circumstances where no representative has been named or if the representative is deceased themselves, the court will appoint someone to serve in that position.
When it comes to individual family members who may claim monetary compensation for losses, only spouses, children and parents of the deceased have the legal right. Other blood relatives, adoptive family members or other dependents may also request compensation as the situation allows.
It should be noted that anyone under 25 is considered a minor in these cases.
After the death of a loved one, your thoughts are likely in a million different directions. The attorneys at Lorenzo & Lorenzo are prepared to help you receive the compensation you deserve and allow you to move on more easily.
We understand the ins and outs of wrongful death cases to make the process as easy as possible for you and your family. Call today for a free consultation.