There are many accidents in Florida every year. Most of the time the victim survives, but in some accidents, the victim dies. These fatal accidents can be devastating for the family and friends of the victim both emotionally and financially. If the victim was the primary wage earner for the family, the lost income can be very difficult to overcome. If the victim had a family, their family members lose the companionship and emotional support that the family member provided to them.
If the accident was caused by another person or entity, the victim's family may be able to recover compensation for their loss through a wrongful death lawsuit. This compensation will never be able to replace the family member, but it may help ease the financial burden. There are different types of compensation that the family may be entitled to though.
Some of the financial compensation is easier to understand, such as lost wages. Based on what a person earns, computing their future income is somewhat easy to understand. However, spouses are also entitled to compensation for loss of companionship. Children of the victim may also recover for loss of guidance from the parent in addition to loss of parental companionship. The family members of the victim may also receive compensation for the mental pain and anguish they suffer as a result of the death. These elements are tougher to quantify with a dollar amount, but a jury must determine what is an appropriate given the circumstances.
Many people in Florida die in fatal accidents each year. Any death of a family member can be very difficult to handle, but when the death results from an accident, it can be even more difficult. When the fatality strikes suddenly, there is no time to prepare mentally, emotionally and financially. Family members of the victim may be entitled to compensation for all of their loss though. Experienced wrongful death attorneys understand the difficulty families goes through after a fatal accident and may be able help start the process of putting their lives back together.
Source: Florida Supreme Court, "Standard Jury Instructions - Civil Cases 502.2" accessed on May 4, 2015.