At Sharmin & Sharmin P.A., we understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one, especially when another’s negligence is involved. When you need experienced counsel and advice, our Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorneys are here to help, backed by more than 20 years of success, knowledge, and resources. We take a compassionate approach with clients but will appropriately hold their detractors accountable by obtaining compensation through an insurance settlement or civil court award.
Deadlines and other rules will apply to your case. Learn more during a free consultation at 1-844-SHARMIN or message us online. We will not get paid for our time or resources until you win your case.
Family Members Can File a Wrongful Death Case in Florida
The personal representative of your loved one’s estate will file a wrongful death insurance claim or civil court lawsuit. Your family member named this person in their will, and if no will is available, one will be appointed during probate proceedings.
Although a named or appointed personal representative files the wrongful death claim, it is filed on behalf of the decedent’s estate and any remaining family members. All proceeds will return to the estate for distribution among named heirs.
In general, the following family members may obtain compensation after winning a Florida wrongful death lawsuit:
- Other blood relatives
Other rules apply to the filing of a wrongful death case. Under FLSA § 95.11, you have up to two years to file a case. However, exceptions may apply. Ensure you speak with a Sharmin & Sharmin personal injury attorney as soon as possible to avoid missing any critical deadlines while protecting your legal rights throughout the process.
Wrongful Death Compensation Is Available in Florida
Florida law specifies the amount you can recover after winning a wrongful death case. Both surviving family members and the estate can collect financial awards to pay for their physical, financial, and emotional losses. Sharmin & Sharmin P.A. knows how to document your family’s losses while building a theory regarding your loved one’s loss of life.
While every case is different, our Florida wrongful death attorney has recovered the following awards on behalf of clients:
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Funeral costs
- Burial or cremation costs
- Medical bills and lost wages
- Other awards
Punitive damages may also be imposed on surviving family members in the circumstances involving willful, irresponsible, or malicious behavior, although rare. The purpose of punitive damages is to penalize a certain behavior, but there is a cap on the amount that can be collected. The legal team of Sharmin & Sharmin P.A. will let you know if we believe your case carries the potential for punitive damages.
Contact Our Florida Wrongful Death Attorney
At Sharmin & Sharmin P.A., our Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorney will take the time to explain all relevant laws and legal options if you contact our office for a Free Consultation. Call now at 1-844-SHARMIN or message us online. We do not get paid until you win.