How Much Time Do I Have To File A Wrongful Death Claim For The Death Of A Loved One?
When a loved one has died as a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, it can be difficult to think of anything else other than the full impact of your loss. Filing a wrongful claim is likely not among the things on your mind at such a tragic time, but often there is a financial burden that comes with the death of a loved one. The recovery of compensation for a wrongful death can help you deal with this burden.
Under Florida law, surviving family members may make a wrongful death claim when a loved one has died as a result of another person’s negligence or wrongful act, and that negligence or wrongful act would have entitled the person injured to bring a claim and recover damages, if they had not died. Depending on the circumstances, spouses, children and parents may file a claim for compensation.
However, Florida’s statute of limitations law imposes a time limit on when you can file a wrongful death claim. To have a valid claim, you must file within two years of the death of your loved one. The consequences of ignoring this claim are severe. If you file your claim after this time limit expires, your claim is invalid and you cannot recover any compensation despite the negligence or wrongful act of the person who caused the accident which injured your loved one.
If you have a loved one who passed away because of someone else’s wrongful act, consult a Florida wrongful death attorney today. We offer free consultations and our goal is to serve you and your family during this tragic time.