What if the drunk driving crash resulted in the death of a loved one?

Losing a loved one is an unimaginable tragedy. If you have lost a family member due to a negligent act of another person, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss. Here are some important things to know if the crash resulted in the death of a loved one:

Who can bring a wrongful death claim?

In Florida, typically the spouse or child of the deceased may bring a wrongful death claim.  The claimant(s) will likely need to set up an estate, and the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate will bring the wrongful death claim. . However, the personal representative can file the claim on behalf of the deceased person’s surviving family members. The Ruth Law Team is here to help navigate the legal complexities of a case such as this. Should it be required to set up an estate for your case, our law firm can connect you with an estate planning attorney who is well versed in doing so.

What damages can be recovered in a wrongful death claim?

The damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death claim depend on the specific circumstances of the case. Some of the damages that may be recoverable include the following:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical expenses related to the deceased person’s injury or illness
  • Loss of income and future earning potential
  • Loss of companionship, guidance, and protection
  • Mental pain and suffering

How is the value of the claim determined?

The value of a wrongful death claim is determined based on several factors. Some factors could include the deceased person’s age, income, and health, as well as the circumstances surrounding the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine the value of your claim.

Who can be held liable for a wrongful death?

Any person or entity whose negligence contributed to the drunk driving crash can be held liable for a wrongful death. This may include individuals, companies, government agencies, or even a combination of parties.

What is the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim?

In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of the person’s death. It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you don’t miss this deadline, as it takes time to investigate and gather necessary documentation for a lawsuit

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, it’s important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. The Ruth Law Team can help you navigate the legal process and pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (888) 783-8378 to schedule a consultation.

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Please note that the answers for each question may vary depending on the specific facts of your case, and it is always best to consult with an attorney to get more accurate information. Also, this is general information and not legal advice.