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Mr. John Doe suffered a fatal fall when an intoxicated employee forgot to rope off a dangerous construction site area.

In Florida, Statute §768.19 states: “When the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of any person, including those occurring on navigable waters, and the event would have entitled the person injured to maintain an action and recover damages if death had not ensued, the person or watercraft that would have been liable in damages if death had not ensued shall be liable for damages as specified in this act notwithstanding the death of the person injured, although death was caused under circumstances constituting a felony.”

What are the legal rights of Mr. Doe’s survivors and representatives? What forms of compensation are available in a wrongful death claim?

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Attorney Edgar J. Guzman

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