The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases in Florida is generally two years, per Florida Statutes § 95.11. This means that you have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Why the Statute of Limitations Matters in Florida Wrongful Death Cases
The statute of limitations is legally binding. If you don’t submit your case by the statute of limitations, and your case is not an exception to the statute, then you’ll be unable to file your case. This means that you’ll be unable to seek compensation for the loss of your loved one.
If you want to seek justice through the civil system, you must abide by the statute of limitations.
In Wrongful Death Cases, the Statute of Limitations May Be Rigid
In some civil cases, there are exceptions to the statute of limitations. For example, someone who suffers injuries due to medical malpractice may generally have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. If the victim did not discover their injuries until a certain date, though, the clock on the statute of limitations may not start ticking immediately.
When it comes to wrongful deaths, exceptions may be rare. Anyone who would bring a wrongful death case may be keenly aware that their loved one has passed—word of the passing generally gets around quickly.
For this reason, the statute of limitations in your case may be rigid. You may safely assume that you have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file your case. There can be rare exceptions, though, so contact our firm even if it has been more than two years since your loved one passed away.
An Attorney Can Start the Civil Legal Process for You
Our team regularly handles wrongful death cases in Florida. We know how to start the legal process efficiently. An attorney from our firm will draft and file your case as soon as you hire us. If you’ve contacted us with reasonable time to spare, we’ll make sure to file your case before the statute of limitations expires.
How an Attorney Will Lead Your Wrongful Death Case in Florida
A lawyer from our firm will take your wrongful death case off of your hands. This is crucial, because we often find that victims of wrongful deaths don’t want to reengage with the details of their loved one’s death. With our firm on your side, you won’t have to.
Our team can help you by:
- Detailing why your loved one’s death was wrongful: Not all deaths are wrongful, but your loved one’s may be. Our firm will pinpoint the exact reasons why your loved one’s death qualifies as a wrongful death.
- Gathering evidence to support your claim: Our team will seek any evidence that improves your case, from video footage to witness accounts and medical reports.
- Identifying and calculating your losses: Our team will identify each of your recoverable losses and assign them a monetary cost. We know how to put the tragic loss of a loved one into clear, specific terms.
- Hiring experts at no cost to you: Experts can be pivotal to a case’s success. Our firm will hire experts for your case at no cost to you.
- Seeking a settlement to cover the wrongful death: We negotiate with liable parties in wrongful death cases. If those parties negotiate in good faith, then we may secure the compensation you and your loved ones deserve.
- Taking your case to trial, if it is the right option for you: Though civil cases don’t always go to trial, our firm approaches each case as an open book. If your wrongful death case leads us to court, then we’ll take it there.
The loss of a loved one is a life-changing event, and you may still be in a fragile state. We will handle your case with sensitivity and compassion. With our firm, you’ll feel like a family member is handling your case.
Recoverable Damages in a Florida Wrongful Death Case
Many victims of a wrongful death simply know that they’ve lost someone who they loved. Generally, most people don’t consider all of the ways in which their loved one brought value to their lives. Our team will examine each of your recoverable losses, which may include:
- Your pain and suffering, including grief
- The cost of treatment for your grief and other types of pain and suffering
- The decedent’s pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of the decedent’s household value
- Funeral expenses
- Lost financial support
Each case we handle presents a completely new set of circumstances—the victims are different, as are their recoverable damages. We’ll carefully examine your case, identifying every loss that you have experienced.
Call GED Lawyers Today for Your Free Consultation
A Florida wrongful death attorney from GED Lawyers will make your case their mission. Our entire firm will seek the financial recovery you’re entitled to. Perhaps even more importantly, we’ll fight for justice on behalf of your loved one.
Call GED Lawyers today for your free consultation.