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Who Gets the Money in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Florida

Losing a loved one is not easy to deal with, but a wrongful death is more heartbreaking for the deceased’s family to cope up with the pain. Although, most state’s law and Florida wrongful death statute of limitations help the family and dependable recover at least financial loss they can go through upon the loss of their support.

The average wrongful death settlement can lie anywhere between $500,000 and $1 million. But, who exactly can receive the compensation and how to divide a wrongful death settlement requires bits of legal information that can be acquired from this blog today.

People who get the money in a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida

In Florida, every law has been made on very intricate aspects to confirm the right allocation of rights. Therefore, on an unfortunate incident of wrongful death, the lawsuit is applied on the basis of Florida Wrongful death statute. The statute includes the immediate or closed people who get the money in a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida:


If the deceased’s spouse is alive, then they are the first one to get the wrongful death compensation. If the deceased and spouse had no children concurrentlythen spouses are entitled to recover whole compensation.


The deceased’s children also share the amount of wrongful death compensation. However, the compensation is divided according to the following factors:

the child is a product of the deceased person’s marriage or past marriage

  • Child was adopted
  • Child was from deceased’s marriage
  • Child was a stepchild
  • Child was born after the time of the deceased person’s death
  • Child was financially dependent on the deceased


If the deceased was not married or had no surviving spouse or children, then the wrongful death compensation is received by the deceased”s parents. Also, if only one parent is alive or there was a guardian other than the parents then they can receive the whole compensation.


People financially dependent on the deceased, such as children or relatives, are also eligible to get compensation. Legally, dependents are the ones who reside at your home, and you financially support them for shelter, food and other basic facilities.

Rulings for Siblings:

Florida Statutes 768.21 entails that the people who lost support and services after the wrong death of their loved one are qualifiedto receive compensation. Therefore, a sibling can receive the money according to their relationship with the deceased and whether they were dependent on their sibling.

Factors that can Influence the Wrongful Death Settlement

Unlike other personal injury cases, the Wrongful Death Settlement doesn’t punish the responsible party,. However, the amount of compensation you will obtain after the wrongful death of your loved ones is decided on the following factors. 

  • Money spent on funeral
  • Estate debts
  • Common law marriage
  • The deceased estate is already meant to support dependents
  • The emotional and financial losses due to death being the deceased’s spouse or children

How to Find the Value of the Settlement in Wrongful Death and Receive it Without any Hurdle

The part of compensation received by each beneficiary is evaluated through a detailed land complicated legal process. The unrecoverable gref of losing a loved one and unenough knowledge of laws can make the legal route more undigestable.

Therefore, connect with Maus law’s wrongful death personal injury attorney t0 get desearved rights such as medical expenses, funeral expenses and recovery of other damages. Let Fort Lauderdale attorney help you stay stronger through your suffering.


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