Who is considered a child under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act?

When there is a wrongful death in Florida, a spouse and minor children can recover damages for mental pain and suffering and for lost parental companionship due to a parent’s death. Under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act, a minor child is defined as a child under 25 years of age. If there is no surviving spouse or the decedent was divorced at the time of death, then adult children can recover damages for mental pain and suffering and lost parental companionship. There is an exception for medical malpractice cases in Florida. A person must be survived by a spouse or minor children (under the age of 25) to recover damages for mental pain and suffering and for lost parental companionship.

Wrongful death cases can be quite complex and and it is important to obtain the advice and representation of a Jacksonville Florida personal injury lawyer to pursue damages resulting from the negligence of another person, business, or medical provider. You can read more about Florida’s Wrongful Death Act at the Florida Statutes Official Website.