Loosing a loved one to natural causes can be hard enough on a family. But having a loved one unnecessarily taken from you because of the negligence or carelessness of others can be overwhelming.
Wrongful Deaths occur in many forms, including but not limited to:
Florida law allows for the decedent’s surviving spouse, children, or parents to bring a wrongful death action when the death of the person is caused by “a wrongful act, neglect, or default of another.
The damages these family members may seek on behalf of their loved one that was a victim of a wrongful death may include:
Punitive damages are monetary damages that may be awarded through civil litigation against the "at fault party" with the intent to punish the wrongdoer in order to deter any repeat of the actions that caused the wrongful death.
An individual does not have to be charged with a crime in the death of another for a wrongful death civil litigation case to be brought against the at fault party. Additionally, if a person is charged with a crime for the actions that caused the death of another, he or she may still be found liable in a wrongful death civil litigation case, even if he or she is found "not guilty" in a criminal trial. This is the burden of proof in a criminal case is "beyond a reasonable doubt, and in a civil litigation the burden of proof is that a preponderance of evidence exists that the actions of another caused or directly contributed to the cause of death of another.
If have questions or need to address legal issues relating to wrongful death liability, seek the legal advice and representation of an aggressive wrongful death attorney. At Morris Law Firm, P.A., you will work with an experienced lawyer who is dedicated to protecting the legal rights of those in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, Bonita Springs, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Immokalee, Labelle, Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hendry County and Southwest Florida.