Ask any car accident attorney and he or she will tell you that car accidents often take a terrible toll on the families of the victims. The loss of a loved one is never easy, and for many family members, adjusting to life without a mother, a father, or a child is fraught with challenges. Say you are a young child and both of your parents die in a car accident. Suddenly, you are without the love, care, and financial support that up until this point you largely took for granted. In Florida as in most other states, certain surviving family members have the option of filing a claim for “wrongful death.” As long as it can be shown that a loved one died because of another party’s negligent actions, close family members of the deceased can receive financial compensation for their loss.
Florida’s wrongful death statute is very specific about which family members are entitled to this type of compensation, however. Eligible “survivors” are the deceased’s spouse, children (under the age of 25), parents, and all blood relatives who were partly or wholly reliant on the deceased for support. If you fall into one of these categories, a car accident attorney from the law firm of Clark & Martino, P.A. in Tampa can help determine whether filing a suit for wrongful death has a likelihood of success, depending on the circumstances of the accident.