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What parents may recover after the death of a minor child

No parent in Florida ever wants to outlive their children. It can be completely devastating both emotionally and mentally. This is true regardless of whether the death was caused by a disease, illness or by a fatal accident. However, if the death was caused by the negligence of another, it can be especially devastating knowing that the death could have been avoided.

While it will not bring the child back, the parents may be able to recover some damages for the death if it was caused by another. Minor children under the statute include children under the age of 25 -- not 18, which is the age of majority.

The biggest cost that parents can receive compensation for is mental pain and suffering. Quantifying this amount can be difficult, but the costs associated with any professional help are included. They can also recover damages for the lost services provided by the child. So, if the child helped with certain household tasks, the parents can recover the monetary value of those services. This is generally proved by showing what it costs to pay someone else to do them. The parents may also be able to receive money for the medical, funeral and burial costs.

Losing a child is an experience no parent ever wants to suffer. While nothing will ever bring the child back, the parents may be able to obtain compensation by pursuing legal action against a negligent party. Experienced attorneys have dealt with these extremely difficult situations and may be able to guide one through the process.

Source: Florida State Legislature, "Florida Statute 768.21" accessed on December 7, 2015

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