Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida

Lawyer Serving Families in Panama City & Surrounding Areas

Losing a loved one is never easy, no matter the circumstances. When those circumstances are unexpected and tied to the negligent behavior of another individual, they can be all the more difficult to move forward from. In many cases, family members or dependents are left with heavy emotional and financial burdens to manage after the death of their loved one. That is why the law allows for a wrongful death claim to be filed.

What exactly is a wrongful death claim and who can file one? The Pittman Firm, P.A. can answer these questions and more. As a Florida wrongful death lawyer, Attorney Pittman is passionate about securing justice on behalf of his clients. With the firm’s 30+ years’ experience and proven record of success, they are the advocates you want on your side.

Let the Panama City firm assist you. Call (850) 426-4477 or fill out a free case evaluation.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, several individuals may be allowed to file a wrongful death claim. Depending on the circumstances, you and your loved ones may be qualified to move forward with a claim against the at-fault party. The Pittman Firm, P.A. can help you determine whether or not you are able to file a claim and how to do so in an appropriate manner.

For example, the following survivors may be allowed to file:

  • Spouses and children
  • Parents
  • Siblings / adoptive siblings
  • Any other relatives
  • Dependents on the deceased

The priority will typically go to spouses and children first, then parents and any other close relatives or dependents. A dependent is an individual who depending on the deceased for emotional and / or financial support.

Time Limits on Filing Wrongful Death Claims

When wrongful death occurs, dependents have the right to file a claim—but only in a certain window of time. That makes it all the more important for you to take legal action as soon as possible. If you don’t file within the statute of limitations for Florida—which is two years—you could miss your opportunity to secure justice for the loss of your loved one.

Don’t let your window for justice close. Call on The Pittman Firm, P.A. to discuss your case with a Florida wrongful death lawyer.

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