How Long Does a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Take in Florida?
If you and your family have suffered an untimely loss due to another person’s negligent or careless actions, Florida law may allow your loved one’s estate to file a civil claim of wrongful death against the negligent party. Wrongful death claims allow for compensation to the estate for medical costs, funeral and burial expenses, and mental trauma caused by the loss of a spouse or a parent of a minor child.
Wrongful Death Claims Take Time
A wrongful death lawsuit can take several months or it can take several years to be decided. There are several stages to a wrongful death lawsuit that can draw it out.
1. File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Must be filed within two years of the date the death occurred. After this time period has elapsed your claim can be dismissed because of the statute of limitations of two years on a wrongful death lawsuit. The court can take 18 months or more to hear your lawsuit depending on the court’s caseload.
2. Conduct a Thorough Investigation of All Facts and Evidence
While awaiting your court date you can conduct a thorough investigation of the lawsuit facts and evidence so that you are well prepared to present your case. This can be accomplished with the help of a wrongful death lawyer.
3. Reaching a Settlement Can Reduce the Wait
If a settlement can be reached out of court then you will not have to wait for the court to decide and things can move along more quickly.
4. Complicating Factors Will Lengthen the Trial
Once the case is heard in court, complicating factors can lengthen the trial considerably. These may include:
- A large sum of damages to be considered.
- Multiple responsible parties were named.
Casas Injury Law Wants to Assist You
Located in West Palm Beach, Casas Law has the experience, knowledge, and negotiating skills to assist with your wrongful death claim. Contact us today for a free consultation, then let Casas Law assist you as your Florida wrongful death lawyer.
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