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
- 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.