Losing a loved one is a devastating experience. While all deaths are difficult, negligent acts that lead to a fatality are especially hard to overcome. Feelings of anger and bitterness often arise against the accused because you believe that it was their self-centered act that caused your sorrow. Although you may not recover emotional damage, you can make restitution for financial hardships caused by negligence. Florida wrongful death lawyers specialize in helping families recover losses associated with wrongful death.
Determine the Case: Malpractice or Another Form of Wrongful Death?
The state of Florida, along with other states throughout the nation, allows people to sue for wrongful death caused by malpractice. This essentially means that a doctor or entire hospital can be sued if a patient’s death was the result of unethical practices. While friends cannot sue for wrongful death, families may file a lawsuit. Since hospitals and doctors typically have professionals to defend them in court, it is essential that you also hire a professional lawyer. A wrongful death attorney can help you decide if your loved one died at the hands of unethical practice or by food poisoning. Determining who is at fault is vital to any wrongful death case, and only an experienced professional can help you decide.
Special Cases: Car Accidents
Automobile accidents in Florida are deceptive. On one hand you have every right to sue, but on the other you must go through the insurance company. As a “no fault” state, Florida prohibits individuals from suing another person in a car accident; even if that person was at fault. Although individuals may not sue for medical bills and other damages while the victim is alive, they may file a lawsuit if the person dies. In such cases, negligence must be the sole cause of death.