Wrongful Death Attorney
Rothenburg Law Firm has more than 25 years of experience in Florida wrongful death cases
Medical and surgical advances have made life better for many of us, with new medications and treatments coming onto the market constantly. Unfortunately, sometimes those products may cause more harm than good. In some cases, tragically, they may even lead to death.
If your loved one loses his or her life due to the wrongful conduct of someone else – whether it’s from a defective drug, nursing home neglect, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, biomedical device failure, a drug interaction, an item left behind following a surgery – it’s considered a wrongful death.
In the state of Florida, various laws allow survivors of people who suffer a wrongful death through medical malpractice to file civil lawsuits. However, proving fault in a medical malpractice case can be very difficult. Steve Rothenburg, an Ocala wrongful death attorney with more than 25 years of medical malpractice experience, can help you navigate this complex litigation.
About the Florida Wrongful Death Statute
Florida Statutes state that only a personal representative of the deceased person’s estate may file a wrongful death lawsuit. This may include the person’s spouse, children, parents, blood relatives who depended upon the deceased person for support, adoptive brothers or sisters, or children born out of wedlock.
In addition, a child born to unmarried parents may recover damages if his or her mother dies. However, if his or her father dies, and the parents are unmarried, the child can only recover damages if the father was obligated to support him.