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How Much Are You Owed In A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

When you lose a loved one, it can be a traumatic event. The void left in the world and in your life by their passing is one that can never be filled. Making matters worse is when a loss occurs due to the reckless or negligent actions of someone else.

If that happens, those left behind do have rights. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit is an option that can help provide closure, justice, and peace of mind to those who lose a loved one. It can never replace a loved one, but it may help you find financial stability in the months and years after losing them.

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit and When?

Wrongful death lawsuits are to be filed by those who are related to a person killed due to an accident. Only blood relations may file a claim including:

• Children
• Parents
• Spouse
• Siblings, if it is shown that the sibling was dependent upon the deceased

These claims can only be filed when it is shown that the person passed away due to reckless or negligent behavior. This can mean a lot of things under Florida law, including things like:

• Drunk driving
• Texting while driving
• Failing to properly train an employee
• Failing to maintain a safe working environment for the employee
• Poor construction
• And more

Basically, if a reasonable person would recognize the actions to be reckless or negligent, it can be considered to be reckless or negligent behavior and a claim in Florida can be filed.


Just how much you may be awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit will vary greatly depending upon numerous factors. The primary focus of a case is to get a settlement that will return you financially to a point you would have been in had the accident never occurred.
This means that fair settlement offers often include a wide variety of elements including:

• Compensation for all medical costs
• Compensation for all funerary costs
• Restitution for hours missed at work
• Compensation for the long-term financial impact a death has on the family

The last two of those points can be very complex. For example, a primary breadwinner in the household may earn income for decades had they not been killed in an accident. Their total future earnings may need to be factored into the settlement in order to ensure that it is fair.

Additionally, cases may include punitive damage or compensation to the family for their anguish and pain and suffering. This is generally only the case if the lawsuit reaches trail, but not always. Either way, it’s important to make sure that you don’t accept a settlement offer less than you really deserve.

Being Bullied

Insurance companies and legal teams for the other side often push around those who are hurt in accidents or those left behind after a wrongful death. They may refuse payment, stall, and more. And all too often, they offer settlement amounts that are far less than you really deserve. With an attorney on your side, all of that changes.

A Sarasota or Charlotte county attorney will stand up to those bullies and get you what you really are owed. They’ll consult with medical and financial experts to make sure your settlement offer is fair, and if needed they will go all the way to a court case and trial if necessary.

If you’ve lost someone close to you due to the reckless and negligent actions of someone else, don’t assume that you have to accept it and move on. Our team can get you compensation and help you find the financial footing needed to carry on after they’re gone. We can’t bring them back, but we can get you justice. Contact us today to get your initial consultation.