Wrongful death claims are civil lawsuits that allow family members the right to hold a negligent party responsible for a loved one’s death. Compensation comes in the form of financial compensation, and spouses, children, parents, and other financially dependent relatives are eligible to file a claim and recover damages under Florida law.
Filing a wrongful death claim causes litigation and may end up in court, in which case you would need a Florida personal injury trial lawyer. It may sound intimidating, but fighting for justice for your loved one is invaluable. If you choose to pursue a case, you can expect the following.
- After you have contacted an attorney, you can start the process of providing specifics of the accident and include witnesses if necessary to build a case.
- Your attorney will investigate the claim, including speaking to witnesses and reviewing important documents such as medical records and autopsy reports.
- Your attorney will help you file the claim, which will notify the defendant of the case.
- If your case goes to trial, then discovery will be the next step. This is where both sides gather information to provide evidence supporting their side to the court. You may be required to share information with the defendant, and they may be required to share some information with you. Certain information may be protected from discovery.
- When discovery ends, the trial will start. The specifics of your case and whether there is a judge and jury will determine how long the trial will run. Both sides will present information and cross-examine witnesses.
- The judge or jury will make a final decision on the case. You may appeal if needed.
These are the basic steps of a wrongful death case. There may be other variables that come up in the duration of your trial. Regardless, it can be painful to go through. Hevia Law is here to help you handle the intense process of wrongful death lawsuits. Visit us online to request a consultation and get the compensation you deserve for you and your family.