Losing a loved one is never easy, but if the cause of his or her passing was the direct negligence of another entity, the pain is much more intense. If you have lost a loved one due to negligence in Florida, it is important to realize that there are legal options. One of the most effective ways to ensure that you are compensated for the loss of your loved one is to file a wrongful death suit. However, according to the State of Florida, only certain persons are allowed to file wrongful death suits.
If you are thinking about filing a wrongful death suit, you must be related to the deceased in one of these ways: parent, child, spouse, child born to a mother outside of wedlock, child born to a father outside of wedlock (assuming that child support has been established), adopted or dependent brothers and sisters, or another dependent blood relative.
These people are known in wrongful death suits as successors or beneficiaries. The idea behind a wrongful death suit is to remove the pain and suffering from these beneficiaries as much as possible and shift the consequences on to the negligent entities. There are many reasons why a beneficiary might file a wrongful death suit, including loss of companionship and loss of monetary support. Death is like a domino effect: it can cause several other issues for the beneficiaries to deal with, and it is only just that the entity responsible for the death take as much of this burden as possible.
While there is no true replacement for a departed loved one, filing a wrongful death suit can help bring negligent entities before the law to face justice.