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An overview of wrongful death lawsuits in Florida

Any time Florida residents lose a loved one due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, it can be devastating. In the mourning process, these individuals and families will likely think of one simple question: "Why did this have to happen"? While this question might go unanswered, the families of these innocent victims may be able to address the impact of the loss in a wrongful death lawsuit.

A wrongful death lawsuit is a type of personal injury lawsuit in which the families of the innocent victim attempt to recover financial compensation for issues such as medical expenses, lost wages and funeral expenses. In these types of lawsuits, the families will need to prove that the death of their family member was directly caused by the other party's negligence, recklessness or willful behavior. The family will also need to prove the financial impact of the loss of the family member.

A wrongful death can occur in a wide variety of circumstances. For instance, medical malpractice is one of the leading causes, as is car accidents. Accidents that occur in the workplace can also lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.

To prove the case to a jury, it is oftentimes necessary to employ expert witnesses. In wrongful death lawsuits based on car accidents, an expert who knows crash reconstruction may be necessary, for example. Or, a financial expert could testify to the financial impact of the victim's death. Overall, wrongful death lawsuits can be difficult to pursue, but with the right approach a family might be able to at least address the financial devastation that a wrongful death has caused.

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