What Is Wrongful Death?
The term “wrongful death” refers to a negligent act that results in the death of another person. Negligence can also include “acts of omission,” that is, failure to act when they should have.
If you lost a loved one due to a wrongful death, you deserve skilled and compassionate legal guidance to help you seek compensation and justice. I can help. I’m attorney Maria Alaimo at the Law Office of Maria R. Alaimo, LLC. Based in Fort Myers, I represent people throughout the region who have tragically lost loved ones due to negligence.
Causes Of Wrongful Death
The most common wrongful death cases in Florida involve motor vehicle accidents. Fatal accidents can result from negligence on the road, such as:
- Drunk driving/intoxicated driving
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
Other causes include dangerous property conditions, dangerous products and inadequate security, among others.
Legal Aspects Of Wrongful Death Claims
To get compensation in a wrongful death case, you must first prove wrongdoing – that the negligent person failed to uphold a reasonable standard. You must also prove that their wrongdoing contributed to the death of your loved one.
The Process For Getting Compensation In Wrongful Death Cases
In fatal auto accident cases, you will start by seeking compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance. Assuming that coverage isn’t enough to compensate you for the tragic loss of your loved one, you also have the option to pursue a wrongful death claim in court.
Compensation In Wrongful Death Cases
Through a wrongful death lawsuit, you can pursue compensation (damages) for things such as:
- Medical and ambulance bills resulting from the fatal injury
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of your loved one’s financial support
- Loss of their care and companionship
- Any suffering your loved one endured before their death
- Your own emotional pain and trauma from the loss
If the wrongdoing involved extreme reckless behavior, you may also have grounds for pursuing punitive damages – additional compensation to punish the wrongdoer.
How A Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help
Wrongful death cases are complicated. They often involve higher financial stakes than other personal injury claims. Navigating wrongful death cases requires the skill of an experienced lawyer such as myself.
I can help you with all aspects of the legal process, from insurance issues to settlement negotiations to trial, if it comes to that. I will work hard to secure the compensation you deserve after such a heartbreaking loss.