Losing a loved one due to the negligence of another is traumatic and heartbreaking, and the thought of having to navigate the legal process of filing a wrongful death claim can be overwhelming. However, you and your family do deserve justice, and with the right wrongful death lawyer in your corner, the path to compensation doesn’t have to be so daunting. Contact The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. today to learn more about how our legal team can assist you, every step of the way.
Nothing is worse than losing a loved one because of someone else’s carelessness. Whether your loved one lost their life due to an act of medical malpractice, in an auto accident or under any other circumstance, a Wesley Chapel, FL personal injury lawyer from our legal team is here to represent you.
In the state of Florida, not everyone impacted by the loss of a loved one is allowed to file a wrongful death claim. In fact, only the personal representative of the decedent’s estate may file a wrongful death claim.
In most cases, this individual will be appointed as the decedent’s personal representative in their will or estate plan, however, if the individual died without an estate plan, the court will likely appoint a personal representative on their behalf. This person will likely either be their spouse, child, or parent. That said, if the decedent has no spouse, children, or parents, then a blood relative or adoptive sibling may file a wrongful death claim on their behalf.
To win a wrongful death claim, you will need to prove that the decedent lost his or her life as a result of a negligent or wrongful act and that the death resulted in damages to the decedent’s family or estate. To prove as much, you and your wrongful death lawyer will need to gather and present evidence. Some useful types of evidence when it comes to wrongful death claims can include:
As long as we can satisfy the burden of proof in your wrongful death claim, you will likely be eligible to recover compensation for:
The statute of limitations for most wrongful death claims in Florida is two years. This means you will only have two years from the date of death to file your claim.
If you lost your loved one and need help navigating the claims process, look no further than the compassionate attorneys here at The Law Office of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. Contact us today for free.