At Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, we practice personal injury law, which includes wrongful death cases. We handle wrongful death cases in Southwest Florida, including Fort Myers, Naples, Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, and Port Charlotte, as well as all over the state. The Florida Wrongful Death Act allows certain family members of a decedent to recover damages for death caused by another person’s negligence or unreasonable conduct. The Wrongful Death Act is very specific as to what members of a decedent’s family have a potential claim. You should consult an attorney who can determine whether you are a potential claimant. Examples of wrongful death cases include motor vehicle or motorcycle crashes causing death, a defective product causing death, a slip or trip and fall causing death, or medical malpractice causing death. Damages in a wrongful death case include lost support and services, loss of companionship and protection and mental pain and suffering.
Damages due to wrongful death often times can be very large. Given that the damages can be so large, often the insurance company will hire experts to try to create arguments to minimize the damages in order to reduce the amounts a claimant will recover. Therefore, you need appropriate representation so you can fight these experts and their opinions and maximize your rightful recovery. I recently litigated a motor vehicle wrongful death case where an irresponsible driver left a wife widowed and a daughter without a father. There were no valid defenses in the case – the Defendant was clearly at fault for the crash and caused the death. The Defendant’s insurance company still hired multiple experts to try to create a defense. We were ultimately successful in quashing the defenses but if our client hadn’t hired us, those defenses could have severely limited the rightful recovery.
At GBCR&P we take great pride in fighting for those who lose loved ones as a result of someone’s negligence and it is paramount concern of ours that we walk our clients in wrongful death cases through every step of the difficult process so they always know what is going on with their case. When our clients lose a loved one, we want them to be able to take their time to grieve and lay that loved one to rest, so we take care of all of the legal aspects of the case, including setting up an estate. If you have lost a loved one because of the negligence of another, please call us at 239-334-1146 to discuss your potential wrongful death case.