Recovering from a loved one’s wrongful death is a traumatic process. However, it is important to ensure that the entity responsible for your loved ones untimely passing is brought to justice. In Florida, according to the Florida Wrongful Death Act, it is imperative that you take action against entities responsible for wrongful death within two years of the event. Compared to other personal injury cases, this is a small time frame. So it is important to act fast.

However, according to the law in Florida, only certain relatives of the deceased may bring a wrongful death suit to court. These relations include the following:

  • Parents
  • Spouses
  • Children (this may include children who have been born outside the wedlock of a mother, or outside the wedlock of a father, provided that there is evidence the father has taken legal responsibility for child support)
  • Any other dependant blood relatives
  • Dependent adoptive brothers and sisters

In the event that you are in a position to file a wrongful death suit in Florida, you are considered a beneficiary or “survivor” of the deceased. There are many aspects of wrongful death that you can sue for. Chief among them is the pain and suffering that you have experienced due to your loved one’s wrongful death. Additionally, you may be able to recoup funeral costs, wage costs, loss of companionship, loss of guidance, and other damages that this wrongful death scenario has foisted upon you.

The idea of a wrongful death lawsuit is to ease the misfortunes of the survivors and in turn force the wrongdoers to take culpability for their actions.

This article is intended to educate you about wrongful death laws in Florida. It should not be taken as legal advice.