Many people die each year in Florida due to the negligence of another person or entity. This can include car accidents, workplace accidents, foul play, faulty products and others. When people die as a result of these types of accidents, it is very tragic and extremely difficult on family and friends of the victim. They lose a loved one and potentially the financial resources that the victim provided for the family.
We have previously discussed when and who can initiate a wrongful death lawsuit. After the lawsuit is initiated, there are various damages that can be recovered by the family. The survivors of the victim can recover for future loss of income and support provided by the victim. This is determined by the potential income that the victim would have earned and the cost of the services that would have been provided by the victim had they not died. The life expectancy of the victim and the survivors is taken into account as well as how long any children would be minors.
The spouse of the victim or the children of the victim, if the victim does not have a spouse, can recover for loss of companionship as well. If the victim is a minor child then the parents can also recover for pain and anguish. In addition to all these things the person who paid for medical and funeral costs can recover these expenses.
Losing a loved one can be a very difficult and emotional time for the survivors of the victim. There are also many financial concerns that may arise. These survivors may be able to recover future loss of income as well for pain and anguish, among other things. This is only general information about damages and not legal advice. Experience attorneys understand the potential damages available to the survivors of the victim and may be able to guide one through the process.
Source: Florida Legislature, "Florida Statute 768.21," accessed on Jan. 19, 2015.