Filing a wrongful death claim comes with terms that are set by individual state laws. For a successful claim, the plaintiff may receive some kind of compensation because of the negligence caused by someone else. In Florida, there are specific rules that control how parents should file various types of wrongful death claims on behalf of their adult children.
Requirements for filing wrongful death claims
Florida has established laws allowing certain people to file wrongful death claims. The family members of a deceased person can sue to recover lost wages, medical bills, funeral and burial expenses. They can sue for the loss of companionship and support that the deceased would have provided.
Family members are allowed to sue for mental and emotional pain and suffering under certain circumstances. Surviving spouses and children under 25 years old can sue for damages. In cases of medical malpractice, the deceased person’s parents can seek compensation if the adult child is under the age of 25 or if the child is 25 or older without a spouse or children.
Florida’s personal injury laws allow and prevent certain types of recovery after a wrongful death. The survivors are entitled to obtain compensation for all types of mental and financial damages.
Filing against the negligence of others
Replacing a lost loved one is never possible, but some losses can be compensated in court if the death was caused by someone else’s negligence. Parents who relied on their adult child’s income may seek those damages in their claim, and it might also be possible to seek damages for the emotional trauma caused by the loss of their child.