I'm asked regularly, how long do we have as a family to bring a wrongful death claim for the death of our loved one. In Florida, it's two years, and it's two years because under our wrongful death statute the legislature decided that these cases have to be brought within a short period of time.
I understand the dynamics of a family. In many situations, there may not be unity on moving forward and there is concern about the issues of the family and then dealing with the legal process at the same time. When the family retains a lawyer and they turn over the responsibility of the claim and the steps that need to be taken in order to present that claim to the appropriate people, that's all turned over to the lawyer so that the family can focus on their recovery needs, on the comfort and all the things necessary to make up for what has occurred. The lawyer will take the steps necessary to make sure that the family's interest and the memory of your loved one are being honored by holding the person responsible who caused this horrific act.