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Can Adults Sue for Emotional Loss of Parent?

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December 17, 2019

In Florida, most people don't realize when a doctor commits malpractice that results in the death of an adult child's parent, the adult child cannot bring a case for the emotional loss of their parent.

If that same doctor runs a red light, killing an adult child's parent, the adult child CAN bring a case for their emotional loss.

Why do we have a law in Florida that protects doctors in their professional capacity when their negligence causes a death? The medical community would argue the law is necessary to reduce legal exposure. Critics say malpractice is malpractice and the age of the grieving loved one should be irrelevant.

The Florida Supreme Court will have a chance in 2020 to decide if this law is constitutional.  

If you've suffered the loss of a loved one due to medical malpractice, contact me Gloria Seidule at 772-287-1220 or

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