Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Tennis star Venus Williams has responded to a Florida wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a June fatal car accident that she was involved in that left a 78 year old man dead. According to legal documents, Williams denies that she contributed in any way to the death or injuries of the other passengers. Instead, she cites contributory negligence, arguing that the plaintiffs were negligent in their failure to wear seatbelts and that this was the sole cause of their injuries and the death. The defense also claims that the vehicle owners failed to properly maintain and repair their vehicle and that this too contributed to their injuries/death.
If someone dies as a result of some type of unjust action, sometimes called a tortious action, the victim’s immediate family members or the victim’s estate may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit with the assistance of a Florida wrongful death attorney. If the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit is determined to be liable for causing the injuries that caused the death, the victim’s family members and estate are entitled to monetary damages. As you might guess, immediate family members are the victim’s parents, spouse and children. The victim’s survivors may recover damages for several things including lost earning potential, medical and funeral expenses if paid by the deceased’s estate, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and protection and others.