Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.
Nationwide Firm
786-401-4706
Injury, Immigration and Business Attorneys
Aggressive Advocacy and Exceptional Civil Litigation Success

Can I file a legal claim after losing a loved one in an accident?

Any time someone close to us passes away, the grief can be overwhelming and it can make it all but impossible to think of anything besides how significantly our own lives are affected by the loss.

At some point, many people also find themselves concerned with holding the party who was responsible for a loss accountable. We know that doing so cannot bring a loved one back or replace them, but figuring out who or what caused the death and holding that person liable for the resulting damages can help you find some relief. In some cases and depending on your relationship to the decedent, you may be eligible to do this by filing a wrongful death claim.

However, Florida laws restrict the parties who can file these types of claims. Unfortunately, just because someone was very close to you does not mean you have the right to seek compensation for your loss, no matter how much the death may have affected you. In order to file a wrongful death claim in this state, you must have a specific relationship to the victim.

In most cases, the person or people who file a claim will be the decedent's child, parents or spouse. Typically, the surviving spouse will be given first right to file a claim. Damages available will be based on relationship. For instance, a spouse may pursue damages related to loss of consortium while children may be eligible to receive damages for loss of guidance.

Other blood relatives may pursue damages in some cases, including siblings and other people who may have been at least partially dependent on the decedent. So, if your brother took care of you financially or physically but passed away, you may be eligible to pursue damages when you lose that support.

If you have recently lost a loved one, it can be reassuring to know what, if any, options you have to take legal action. Of course money and lawsuits may not be able to heal your pain or repair the devastation of a loss, but it can help you get some answers and closure which can help you begin to move forward.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook

We Literally Wrote The Book On Immigration Law

Our firm is a recognized leader in immigration law and litigation. We handle the spectrum from family and employment-based visas to deportation defense and immigration appeals. Founding partner Ira Kurzban authored the Immigration Law Sourcebook, widely used by immigration lawyers, judges and government officials as the authoritative field reference.

Aggressive Advocacy and Exceptional Civil Litigation Successes Call Our Firm at 786-401-4706 or Fill Out the Secure Form Below

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Miami Office
2650 SW 27th Avenue
2nd Floor
Miami, FL 33133

Phone: 786-401-4706
Fax: 305-444-3503
Miami Law Office Map

Jacksonville Office
10752 Deerwood Park Boulevard South
Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Map & Directions

Jed Kurzban Of Counsel at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, A Law Corporation
1003 Bishop Street
Suite 1600
Pauahi Tower
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-531-8031
http://www.hawaiilawyer.com

Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.