When evaluating the possible compensatory damages you may be entitled to due to a wrongful death, it is important to consider several factors. First off, the type and amount of damages survivors can recover depends on their relationship to the deceased person. For instance, survivors can get reimbursed for the value of lost support and services prior to the death, and for the estimated value of lost future services and support.
In determining the value, the probable future income of the deceased will be calculated, and specific relationships of survivors will be considered. This means that closer family members who would have benefited more from the deceased person will receive more reimbursement. These determinations and calculations may be complicated, and an experienced wrongful death attorney will know how to maximize family members’ recovery. The diligent team of attorneys at Conrad & Scherer in Fort Lauderdale can help you navigate these complex situations.
What Types of Damages Can I Recover?
Family members can also recover costs for any emergency or medical bills and funeral expenses that they incurred as a result of the deceased person’s injuries and subsequent death. Additional damages can include mental pain and suffering family members experience as a result of the unexpected death, which also can include any pain and suffering experienced by deceased persons prior to their death.
Furthermore, spouses can recover for loss of companionship, and children who lose a single parent can also recover for loss of parental companionship, guidance, and instruction. These are only a few of the possible damages that a surviving loved one may be entitled to, and although it is difficult for anyone to place a dollar amount on the life of a spouse, child, or parent, Conrad & Scherer attorneys are adept at making certain our clients receive full and complete compensation for the loss of a loved one.
Florida’s Wrongful Death Statute
To summarize, the damages recoverable under Florida law can be found under Florida’s Wrongful Death Statute. These damages includes the following, among others:
• Medical, hospital, funeral and burial expenses
• Compensation for the decedent’s pain and suffering, during any period of consciousness between the time of injury and death
• Losses suffered by the decedent’s spouse, children, or next of kin
• Pain and Suffering of the statutory survivors
• Loss of financial support
• Loss of services
• Loss of gifts or other valuable gratuities
• Loss of parental training and guidance
• Loss of society and companionship
If third parties caused the death of your loved one, intentionally or unintentionally, they should be held liable for their actions or negligence. Whether or not your loved one was killed by an accident, a defective product, medical malpractice, an act of violence, or another event, Conrad & Scherer’s experienced team of attorneys will help you fight for justice on behalf of the losses you have endured.