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Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death


The loss of a loved one is so very difficult.  The emotional destruction to you and your family does not have a monetary value and the last thing on your mind is thinking about a wrongful death claim and hiring an attorney to help you.  Your life changes so dramatically.  Financially, the impact can be extremely severe as well.  The loss of financial support can cause severe financial setbacks.  It is very difficult to comprehend the overall impact.  Although you cannot put a monetary value on the loss of a loved one, the Law Offices of Randall A. Fischer can help you recover compensation for the loss and at least ease the financial burden associated with the loss.  The Law Offices of Randall A. Fischer are here to assist you with your claim and make sure your legal rights are protected.

Whether or not a case is a wrongful death claim is dependent upon the circumstances and the relationship to the decedent.  There are two classifications of the damages for a wrongful death claim:  Survivors, which are those entitled to damages as be defined under the Florida wrongful Death Statute as loved ones.  There are also damages which would go to the recipients of the decedent’s estate had they died without a will (intestate).  Below I have pasted in the Florida Statute regarding damages in a Wrongful death claim.  This way you can review the statute and ask any questions you may have.  It is important to know that these statutes do change, but you can get an understanding of how the damages are broken down.

768.21  Damages.–All potential beneficiaries of a recovery for wrongful death, including the decedent’s estate, shall be identified in the complaint, and their relationships to the decedent shall be alleged. Damages may be awarded as follows:

(1)  Each survivor may recover the value of lost support and services from the date of the decedent’s injury to her or his death, with interest, and future loss of support and services from the date of death and reduced to present value. In evaluating loss of support and services, the survivor’s relationship to the decedent, the amount of the decedent’s probable net income available for distribution to the particular survivor, and the replacement value of the decedent’s services to the survivor may be considered. In computing the duration of future losses, the joint life expectancies of the survivor and the decedent and the period of minority, in the case of healthy minor children, may be considered.

(2)  The surviving spouse may also recover for loss of the decedent’s companionship and protection and for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury.

(3)  Minor children of the decedent, and all children of the decedent if there is no surviving spouse, may also recover for lost parental companionship, instruction, and guidance and for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury. For the purposes of this subsection, if both spouses die within 30 days of one another as a result of the same wrongful act or series of acts arising out of the same incident, each spouse is considered to have been predeceased by the other.

(4)  Each parent of a deceased minor child may also recover for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury. Each parent of an adult child may also recover for mental pain and suffering if there are no other survivors.

(5)  Medical or funeral expenses due to the decedent’s injury or death may be recovered by a survivor who has paid them.

(6)  The decedent’s personal representative may recover for the decedent’s estate the following:

(a)  Loss of earnings of the deceased from the date of injury to the date of death, less lost support of survivors excluding contributions in kind, with interest. Loss of the prospective net accumulations of an estate, which might reasonably have been expected but for the wrongful death, reduced to present money value, may also be recovered:

  1. If the decedent’s survivors include a surviving spouse or lineal descendants; or
  2. If the decedent is not a minor child as defined in s. 768.18(2), there are no lost support and services recoverable under subsection (1), and there is a surviving parent.

(b)  Medical or funeral expenses due to the decedent’s injury or death that have become a charge against her or his estate or that were paid by or on behalf of decedent, excluding amounts recoverable under subsection (5).

(c)  Evidence of remarriage of the decedent’s spouse is admissible.

(7)  All awards for the decedent’s estate are subject to the claims of creditors who have complied with the requirements of probate law concerning claims.

(8)  The damages specified in subsection (3) shall not be recoverable by adult children and the damages specified in subsection (4) shall not be recoverable by parents of an adult child with respect to claims for medical negligence as defined by s. 766.106(1).

Finding an attorney that will help you through this difficult process and work to make sure you receive the proper compensation is difficult decision in a very difficult time.  If you find yourself in this position, give my office a call, I will come to your home and discuss the process with you.  If you would like to set up an appointment, please give my office a call.

 

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