Negligence After Nuptials: Ripple’s Effects on Spouse Compensation Under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act

The sudden loss of a spouse is devastating. When that loss is caused by someone else’s negligence, the emotional and financial burden can be overwhelming. In the past, Florida law limited the ability of surviving spouses to seek compensation if they married after their spouse’s injury. The recent Supreme Court of Florida case, Ripple v. CBS Corp., SC2022-0597, changed that.

This landmark decision offers a lifeline to surviving spouses who previously faced financial hardship due to an outdated legal rule. Let’s explore what Ripple v. CBS Corp. means, and what it could mean for you.

The Ripple Effects

  • Surviving Spouses Now Eligible: No matter when you married your spouse, you can now recover damages as a surviving spouse under the Florida Wrongful Death Act if their death resulted from someone else’s wrongdoing.
  • “Marriage Before Injury” Rule Rejected: The court did away with the outdated rule that previously prevented spouses who married after the injury from filing a wrongful death claim.
  • Expanded Scope of Compensation: This decision broadens the reach of the Wrongful Death Act, ensuring surviving spouses receive fair compensation for their losses.

What this could mean for you:

The Ripple v. CBS Corp. decision allows surviving spouses to recover damages they may have been denied under the old “marriage before injury” rule. This can include:

  • Medical expenses related to your spouse’s injury
  • Loss of income due to your spouse’s passing
  • The emotional pain and suffering of losing your spouse

Don’t face the tragedy alone.

If you lost a spouse due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation under the Florida Wrongful Death Act. You need an attorney to help you navigate the complexities of the legal system and ensure you receive the justice you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your unique situation and explore your legal options, and for a referral to a wrongful death attorney.

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