Unfortunately, not everyone in Florida lives a full life before he or she dies. Sometimes lives are cut short for one reason or another. It could be a because of a disease or illness, a fluke accident or possibly due to the negligence of another person. Whatever the reason, it can be very devastating for the family and friends of the victim.
However, it can be even more devastating when the death was caused by another's negligence and could have been avoided. In these situations, the family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party
Dealing with the loss of a loved one emotionally takes time and a family member may never recover fully. It can also be very difficult financially if the victim earned the primary income for the family. These people may be entitled to compensation for their losses, both emotional and financial. However, the statute clearly defines which family members are eligible to collect damages in this situation.
The family members who are able to recover damages for such a loss are the victim's spouse, children, parents and any siblings who are dependent on the victim for money and other life necessities. Also, children of the victim are deemed to be minors until the age of 25, rather than 18. Children include those born out of wedlock; however, if the victim was a father, his children include only those children born out of wedlock who were recognized and supported by him.
Many people in Florida lose loved ones to the negligence of another every year in Florida. This can be very devastating, both emotionally and financially for the family of the victim. Certain family members may be entitled to compensation for their losses. Experienced wrongful death attorneys understand the devastation following the loss of a loved one and may be a useful resource.
Source: Florida Legislature, "2014 Florida Statutes Title XLV, Chapter 768, Section 768.18" accessed June 8, 2015