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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?

When preventable tragedies claim the life of your loved one, it is important to understand that under Florida law, you have rights. Although pursuing legal recourse at such a difficult time may seem daunting, the journey can be made more smoothly, and more effectively, when you work with a proven, passionate Fort Lauderdale wrongful death lawyer at Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A.

While our legal team makes it our mission to provide genuine support, attentive representation, and honest communication throughout every stage of the legal process, we understand that many families who have lost a loved one may be unsure of how they can begin the wrongful death claim process – or even if they are eligible to file a claim.

Eligibility for Wrongful Death Compensation

Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act – Sections 768.16-768.26 of the Florida Statutes – certain surviving family member will be eligible to file a wrongful death claim when the death of their loved one was caused by:

  • A wrongful act;
  • Negligence; or
  • Default or breach of duty;

Generally, these factors imply that death was preventable. Should these circumstances apply, a personal representative can help any or all of the following eligible individuals (survivors) file a claim to obtain justice and compensation:

  • Spouses
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Any blood relatives and adoptive siblings who were partly or wholly dependent on the decedent for support and services

When a wrongful death claim is successful and a wrongdoer is held financially liable for compensating a decedent's surviving family members, compensation may vary depending on the relationship a survivor had with the decedent. Our Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorneys can review your case during a free case evaluation to help you determine your eligibility to file a claim and the potential damages you may be entitled to recover. If a death occurred as the result of a work-related injury, our team can help you explore your options for obtaining death benefits through workers' compensation.

Contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A.

With more than 160 years of combined legal experience, our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers have worked with clients from all walks of life and with situations that have often been tragic. Our experience, coupled with our passion and commitment to clients, can truly make a difference during these difficult times.

Discuss your case by calling toll-free (888) 499-6206 or (954) 963-0444 today.