Dealing with a car accident can be difficult enough, whether you are the driver who caused the accident, a driver who was involved or simply a passenger. Through such a tough time, handling the loss of a loved one can simply make things unbearable.
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, you may be able to seek a settlement with the driver who was found at fault for a wrongful death claim.
Where to Begin
Understanding when you have a wrongful death claim is the first step before you pursue legal action. In the state of Florida, wrongful death is when an at-fault party was determined reckless or negligent, caused an accident, and took another person’s life.
How it Will Benefit You
Because the emotions, pain, and heartache that are associated with loss can never bring a loved one back, the state of Florida will require the party who was at fault to compensate the victim’s family. This can provide the family with some relief, and help pay for expenses such as a funeral or outstanding medical expenses.
Although you can only sue for a wrongful death claim if you are a member of the family, under Florida law, you can still recover some costs that may have made the situation worse. For example, some costs can include:
- Any medical or funeral expenses
- Any pain and suffering you have endured
- Loss of any income or earnings due to time lost at work
- Loss of companionship or protection for a spouse or child
Car Accidents in Florida
In the state of Florida, all vehicle owners are required to have personal injury protection, which can guarantee them a payment up to 80% of their medical bills.
The state of Florida does allow victims of serious injuries due to a car accident to sue the negligent party, but in the case of a death, this would be considered a wrongful death case.
A Qualified Attorney
Because the law can be tricky and hard to determine the at-fault party in the case of a car accident, a qualified and experienced attorney can help. A Fetterman & Associates, PA we want to get you the settlement you and your family deserves, especially during a time of loss and grief. If you contact us online or at 561-845-2510, we can offer you a free case evaluation.
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