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Florida Wrongful Death Suits

By Givens Givens Sparks, PLLC  Feb. 5, 2011 12:25p

When innocent people lose their lives due to the negligent or reckless acts of another, their surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, when a person causes the death of another human being, that person has to shoulder the costs associated with the death. The compensation from a wrongful death suit is paid out to the victim's dependents. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent or reckless actions of another, it's imperative that you contact a personal injury attorney right away. Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, the surviving family members would include:

  • The decedent's spouse
  • The decedent's children under the age of 25
  • The decedent's parents or,
  • Any blood relatives and adoptive brothers or sisters who are dependent on the decedent for support

A wrongful death action is brought on by the decedent's personal representative. This personal representative is the person who recover's any compensation to be awarded, this person also does so on behalf of the survivors of the estate. The personal representative is responsible for paying any attorney's fees or litigation expenses out of the proceeds of the estate. The survivors in a wrongful death suit are entitled to compensation for:

  • Lost support and services, both present and future
  • Loss of companionship
  • Parental companionship, instruction and guidance
  • If the decedent was a minor child, the parents can receive compensation for mental anguish
  • Funeral expenses
  • Burial expenses
  • Loss of financial support

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Tampa

If you have lost a loved one as a result of negligent and reckless acts of another, it's essential that you contact a Tampa wrongful death attorney today. At Givens Givens Sparks, PLLC, we have helped our clients obtain maximum compensation in their wrongful death actions. Keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations involved in wrongful death law suits; therefore it's important that you take action as soon as possible!

Contact a Tampa Wrongful Death Lawyer at Givens Givens Sparks, PLLC today for a free case evaluation.

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