When someone dies because of mistake or negligence of someone else, their survivors are really, in Florida, entitled to have their lives compensated for all of the losses that they have suffered.
Our Wrongful Death Act outlines various classes or categories of losses that people can recover for. But it breaks down to some pretty logical things that apply to real life. There are financial losses such as medical expenses that were incurred up until the person's death, funeral expenses and also replacing what they did in the care of the house and the household. For instance, if you have someone who took care of the children and/or someone who cared for someone else or the services they did around the house. Even things like taking care of the house, painting, and yard work. All of these things come into a category of replacing their services. There is also the loss of their income. How much income would this person have earned over the course of their life and is there a way to calculate this in terms of what the survivors would be entitled to recover.
And, then there are intangible losses like the loss of parental guidance, companionship, as well as the classic emotional and personal loss of the care and love of the loved one.
Everyone's situation is unique and every family situation is unique. We have experience in dealing with the characteristics of the loss of a loved one and applying what is required and available under the law to make sure that everything your family has gone through is addressed in any claim that is brought on behalf of the survivors.