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Wrongful Death

The sudden death of a loved one causes unbearable shock and grief. When that death is caused by the negligence of other person, survivors need somewhere to turn. That somewhere is the Connell Law Group. Our attorneys and staff are here to assist you and your family throughout the entire process. We answer questions, advise you of your options, and file lawsuits to obtain compensation for economic and emotional losses.

Florida’s Wrongful Death Act specif­ically recognizes the importance of seeking justice when the wrongful death of a loved one devastates a family. The Wrongful Death Act states that “it is the public policy of the state to shift the losses resulting when wrongful death occurs from the survivors of the decedent to the wrongdoer.”

The Wrongful Death Act creates the right for survivors to hold the wrongdoer accountable for the mental anguish inflicted. The Wrongful Death Act provides for recovery against the wrongdoer when children have lost parental compan­ionship, instruction and guidance and for their mental pain and suffering. The Wrongful Death Act provides for the surviving spouse to recover from the wrongdoer for loss of compan­ionship and protection and for mental pain and suffering. And, the Wrongful Death Act recognizes the financial losses, including, of course, the loss of support and services caused when a person dies at the hand of a careless or reckless corpo­ration or person.

When a child dies a wrongful death, the Wrongful Death Act provides the right of parents to recover for their mental pain and suffering.

If someone else’s unreasonable act, careless behavior or other form of negligence caused your loved one’s death, you have an obligation to protect the legal rights of the deceased. No one ever expects to face the sudden loss of a spouse, child or parent. But, when it happens, it’s important to take timely actions and have one of our wrongful death lawyers explain your options for seeking compensation for damages. For example, in Florida, a spouse is entitled to compensation for the loss of support, love, companionship and the routine services of the deceased. Our wrongful death attorneys can calculate the accurate dollar amount to use for an insurance settlement based on variables such as the joint life expectancy of the couple.

Another example of wrongful death compensation applies to any minor children of a deceased victim in Florida. Being classified as a minor can mean a new-born to a young person in his or her early twenties. Under-age children of a wrongful death victim are usually entitled to recover for the loss of guidance, the loss of affection, financial support and cost of the routine services provided by the deceased parent. In both wrongful death and personal injury cases, the law allows for compensation based on the total dollar amount of the loss to each individual survivor. The estate of the victim also has the right to seek compensation for the recovery of the loss of wealth that would have accumulated in the deceased’s prospective estate had the wrongful death not intervened.

If your family has suffered the wrongful death of a loved one, contact our Melbourne, Florida wrongful death attorneys for your free legal consultation.