Losing a loved one is difficult, especially when their death was avoidable. If your loved one died as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may wonder whether you should file a wrongful death claim. If you’re the spouse, child, or parent of the deceased, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida. There are some important reasons why you may want to take that step.
Compensation for Financial Losses
If your loved one has died, chances are you’ve incurred some financial losses. You may have medical bills and funeral expenses to take care of. In addition, if your loved one was employed, then you have lost their income for the future. You may also have lost their insurance benefits or pension plan. The value of the services your loved one brought to the home, such as taking care of the children and the house, have also been lost. You may deserve compensation for these losses, and a wrongful death claim allows you to pursue that compensation.
Compensation for Non-economic Losses
Losing a loved one not only causes financial losses, but you’ve also lost that person and the comfort and companionship they brought you. You may be able to recover the value of companionship, guidance, and protection your deceased loved one brought to you and your family. While this won’t bring back your family member, it can offer some amount of comfort.
A Sense of Justice
If your family member has died as the result of someone’s negligence, you no doubt feel like you’ve been robbed of something precious. Holding the negligent individual responsible for your loss can bring you a sense of justice. While there may also be criminal charges involved depending on the circumstances, this doesn’t prevent you from getting your own justice. A wrongful death claim may help you heal and could help with the grieving process.
Contact a Florida Wrongful Death Attorney
If you’ve lost your loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you may want an experienced wrongful death attorney on your side. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience representing families in wrongful death claims. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.