Injuries from car accidents are problematic; fatalities from car accidents are tragic. Did you know that over 3,000 people die in Florida car accidents each year? Under Florida law, a claim for wrongful death caused by a car accident must be handled differently than a personal injury claim. Death claims must be brought under the Florida Wrongful Death Statute, F.S. §768.16, et seq. A probate case must be opened because the wrongful death action can only be brought by the court-appointed Personal Representative of the decedent’s estate. Potential beneficiaries are entitled to recover the value of lost support and services; loss of spousal or parental companionship; mental pain and suffering; medical and funeral expenses; prospective net accumulations; and more. If this sounds complicated, that’s because it is. That is why you need a wrongful death attorney.
If you have a loved one who has died in a automobile accident or from other negligence, please give us a call to discuss your rights at 239-298-8375.