Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim In Florida?
Florida’s Wrongful Death Act says that only the personal representatives of the deceased are allowed to file a wrongful death claim. This has been put in place in order to prevent duplicate wrongful death cases of a particular accident or negligent act from ending up in court.
In Florida, the personal representative can include:
- A surviving spouse, if the deceased was married
- Adult children, if they were not married
- Dependent children, if they had any
- A legal guardian or one or both parents, if they were a child
- Parents, if they were a young adult
In certain cases, the deceased may have named the personal representative in his or her will. However, in case the person died without having any will, a Florida judge will appoint someone to act as their personal representative and file the lawsuit. Though, to be a personal representative, he or she must:
- Be above 18 years of age
- Have no felony convictions
- Be physically and mentally able to perform a personal representative’s duties
If you are unsure whether it is within your rights to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of your lost loved one, don’t hesitate to contact Hoag Law Firm, P.A. to discuss your case.
Why Hire Brian Hoag as Your Attorney?
Losing a loved one can affect you emotionally and financially. The right thing is to hire an experienced attorney to hold the other party responsible for the wrongful death. Since 2004, Attorney Brian Hoag has been recognized to provide vigorous representation in wrongful death cases to clients in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida.
What’s more, Brian is well versed in the details and nuances of Florida’s Wrongful Death laws and statutes. He will gather all the required information and documentation to help put forward a case-winning strategy. He will also handle all negotiations and communication with all parties involved, including the insurance company. All in all, Brian will increase your chances of getting substantial compensation.
Reliable Legal Guidance in Tampa, Florida
If you believe that the death of a close family member was caused by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. You don’t have to bear the medical expenses, lost income, funeral costs, and burial costs all alone. Whether you are in Tampa, St. Petersburg, or a neighboring area of Florida, contact Hoag Law Firm P.A. to find out if your case qualifies to file a lawsuit against the responsible party.