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What are My Rights in a Wrongful Death Case?

The unexpected death of a loved one is a tragedy for everyone left behind, and often saddles loved ones with financial hardship in addition to emotional loss. When the death resulted from someone else’s negligence, the family has the right to pursue compensation for damages. Stuart wrongful death lawyers can guide your family through the recovery process. Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, the personal representative of the estate must bring the legal action to recover damages for surviving family members. Damages that family members and the estate can recover in a wrongful death action include the following:

  • Value of lost support and services
  • Future loss of support and services
  • Loss of companionship and protection
  • Mental pain and suffering
  • Lost parental companionship, instruction and guidance
  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of earnings for the estate
  • Loss of prospective net accumulations of an estate

When calculating future loss of support, wrongful death attorneys in Fort Pierce estimate the joint life expectancy of the individual affected and the loved one who died. Another factor used to calculate damage is the loved one’s probable net income had the death not occurred. With a dedicated attorney at your side, you can receive the care, personalized attention and legal insight you need to deal with a wrongful death case.

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