Wrongful death is a legal term referring to a situation in which a death is caused by another entity’s negligent or unjust actions. The key state provisions for these cases are listed in the Florida Wrongful Death Act, which is contained within the Negligence Torts (Title XLV, Sections 768.16-768.26).
What Does “Wrongful Death” Mean?
Wrongful death is a legal term that is used in civil lawsuits to refer to situations in which one party causes the death of another through negligent or “wrongful” actions. The negligence concept essentially is about claiming that the carelessness of a person or organization resulted in someone’s injury or death. The term wrongful describes incorrect statements or actions, or failures to perform certain statements or actions (omissions) in violation of the law, particularly the civil law. A wrongful action causes damages to someone by encroaching on their rights. The Florida Wrongful Death Act is central to understanding how this concept is understood and applied within the state.