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Potential compensation in a wrongful death case

Accidents occur every day in Florida. They can occur in a person's home, at a store, at work, while driving a car and in many other types of situations. All types of accidents cause at the very least some sort of inconvenience, but some are much more serious than others. A person's life can be permanently changed due to accidents and, in some cases, people even die.

Losing a loved one is never easy, but it can be even more difficult when it happens suddenly. This is especially true if the people are younger and have a family they are supporting. Family members rely on each other for a number of different things, such as love and emotional support, but also income and other services that people may take for granted until they are no longer there.

That is why family members of the victims may be entitled to compensation, if the accident was caused by another individual or entity, through a wrongful death lawsuit. This compensation can be for loss services as well as lost future income; loss of companionship for a spouse or minor children, if there is not a surviving spouse; mental pain and suffering; medical and funeral costs. Determining the exact value of some of these types of compensation is not easy though, and usually the family will need to utilize various experts to help determine the value of their loss.

It is an unfortunate fact of life in Florida that people will lose loved ones. How much impact it has on a survivor depends on the relationship they have with the deceased, but it is never easy, emotionally or financially. The emotional pain may always be there to an extent, but the family may be able to recover compensation for at least the financial losses.

Source:, "Florida Statute 768.21" accessed on March 27, 2018

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