Short Deadlines For Wrongful Death
Wrongful death lawsuits are how families are compensated for the wrongful killing of their loved ones. Wrongful death can arise by murder, as in the claims against O.J. Simpson years ago, or through the negligent operation of automobiles or trucks, the negligent maintenance of property, medical mistakes, or nursing home neglect or abuse.
In Florida, most claims for wrongful death are subject to a two year statute of limitations, the deadline on filing a lawsuit for money damages. In many kinds of wrongful death lawsuits, there are other procedural mandates to secure and preserve the claim. For example, in medical negligence cases, there are pre-litigation investigation and notice requirements, including supporting affidavits on the merit of the claim. There are many other examples, but the point is that the road to justice in wrongful death claims is a treacherous briar patch of legal hurdles with a short and looming deadline. Do not delay in hiring competent legal counsel if your family has lost a loved one and you suspect someone else is responsible. If you wait too long, you lose your family’s legal rights forever.