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My wife was struck and killed while she was walking across U.S. 41. What should I know about filing a wrongful death claim?

 

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We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Anytime a family member dies unexpectedly, it can cause the surviving spouse and other family members emotional pain. What makes it worse is knowing her death could have been prevented. When a negligent driver claims the life of your loved one, you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida.

While no amount of money will ever bring back your wife or take away your sorrow, filing a lawsuit can help you recover from the financial loss your spouse’s death has caused. Whether she had a full-time job or was a full-time mother, her death will cause you and your family a financial loss in addition to the emotional loss you are already experiencing.

You will need to recover for her funeral costs, medical bills, and other expenses related to her death. Additionally, you may need compensation to help you pay for the mortgage and other bills she was contributing to, so that you can have the same quality of life you and your family are used to. You also have the right to collect for the following:

  • Loss of companionship
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of support
  • Loss of future wages
  • Other damages

Unfortunately, a death of a spouse is not only devastating emotionally, but it can cause a financial strain for the family. Make sure you learn about your rights through a wrongful death suit, so that you can hold the negligent person responsible for his or her actions. To learn more, contact our office for a free initial consultation or request one of our free books to help you learn about the legal process.


Damian Mallard, Esq.
Board Certified Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney