What Damages are Typically Awarded in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Florida?
Types of Damages Typically Awarded in a Florida Wrongful Death LawsuitEvery wrongful death lawsuit will have different factors that will affect the compensation that can be awarded. In Florida, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed by the deceased's personal representative on behalf of the deceased's estate. Any family member eligible for compensation from the lawsuit must be listed on the lawsuit.
Loss of Support or ServicesThis compensation is paid to eligible family members partially or fully dependent on the deceased for support or services.
Medical ExpensesAny medical expenses incurred by the deceased before they passed. This can include costs associated with hospitalization, life support or attempts to resuscitate.
Mental Pain and SufferingThe mental pain and suffering of the deceased's spouse can be compensated. This is for the mental trauma of the loss of companionship and support of their partner.
Funeral CostsAny costs that must be paid by the estate or out-of-pocket for the funeral and burial can be compensated. This can include everything from the funeral service, to cremation, to casket and plot.
Estate LossesAny losses the estate incurred due to the negligent act that caused the wrongful death may also be awarded. Examples can include the loss of added benefits and value that the estate would have gained if not for the wrongful death.
The Value of Wrongful Death DamagesThe average wrongful death settlement in Florida is between $500,000 to $1 million; however, the amount of each type of compensation varies significantly based on the circumstances of each case. The payout of compensation will depend on the insurance coverage limits of the negligent party. The average person is not usually able to pay a settlement of this amount out-of-pocket.
Casas Injury Law, Your Florida Wrongful Death LawyerAt Casas Law, we are prepared to advise you in any wrongful death claim and we want to be your Florida wrongful death lawyer. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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