In most states, a "wrongful death" occurs when someone dies due to the negligence of another person or company. However, since the law does not allow a deceased person (called a “decedent” in legalese) to file a lawsuit for damages, another person must usually bring the legal action in civil court for their damages due to your death.
A wrongful death lawsuit seeks a civil remedy (in the form of monetary damages) against an individual or company who played a role in the death of the decedent.
Who is entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit is dependent on the laws of the state in which you live.
Courts typically allow only a single wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a decedent. If two or more are filed, the court will probably consolidate them into a single lawsuit. Typically in Florida, the statute of limitations for wrongful death is two years from the date of death.
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