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.
Please bear in mind that an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney such as James O. Cunningham can provide a much more thorough explanation of tort liability theories and how they apply to your case. Florida laws in general and tort liability theories in particular are difficult to understand unless you have legal training and/or work in a legal profession. However, Central Florida personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham makes client education a priority of his law practice. This is a very basic overview of theories of tort liability in the state of Florida.