Fort Myers Wrongful Death Attorney

How Do I Know if I Can File a Wrongful Death Suit in Fort Myers? 

When a horrible accident or loss of life occurs at the hands of a negligent third party, the family members of victims have a “right to action” that is protected by Florida Statute 768.19. The law says that survivors of deceased persons killed in a wrongful, negligent, or otherwise illegal action that wasn’t their fault can seek damages from the liable party. Depending on the victim’s cause of death, the estate of the deceased can file a wrongful death civil suit to seek compensation to cover their losses, including: 

Wrongful death losses typically include: 

  • Lost Wages
  • Loss of Companionship 
  • Funeral Costs
  • Mental Anguish, Pain & Suffering

A wrongful death lawsuit requires the liable party to court to answer for their part in the loss of life in the case. Additionally, a wrongful death suit can be filed to ensure the liable party is held accountable for their negligent behavior.  

If you’ve lost a loved one due to third-party negligence or misconduct in Fort Myers or a nearby community, contact the wrongful death attorneys at Pittman Law Firm, P.L. today! Call (239) 603-6913 to schedule a consultation with our team!

Continue Reading Read Less
What Sets Pittman Law Firm Apart?
  • We have over 25 years of experience handling personal injury cases.
  • We handle every case personally.
  • We are a full-service law firm and can help you with all aspects of your case, including your car.
  • We treat every case like we were handling it for a family member.
  • We return all calls - don't get lost in the system of a large firm!
  • We are local and have convenient locations.
  • We've won millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
  • We can do everything large firms can do, but better.

Client Testimonials

  • Kristin Pittman is diligent, helpful, & a cool person overall!

    Kendall K.
  • Everyone is honest & really looks out for their clients.

    Past Client
  • I was always asked how I was doing & feeling, not just about the facts of the case.

    Past Client
  • I could not ask for a better lawyer.

    Petty S.
  • During this pandemic they kept fighting hard for me!

    Gina S.
  • Very professional & attentive firm.

    Aladino C.
  • I was very happy with my experience with Pittman Law Firm.

    Allison Z.
  • We were treated with dignity & got a fair settlement.

    Jerry M.
  • I was very impressed at the professionalism & responsiveness.

    James J.
  • Kristin was amazing & I can’t thank her enough!

    Linda M.
  • Was like having a helper through everything.

    Past Client
  • They helped me show that I was not at fault & everything turned out good in the end.

    Past Client
  • Pittman Law Firm told us what to expect & took the fear out of not knowing.

    Past Client
  • My experience with Pittman Law Firm has been very positive.

    Past Client
  • David Pittman was able to help me negotiate over $5Mil in principal reductions & helped save my business.

    John P. (Past Client)

Have You Lost a Loved One Due to Negligence? 

If you’ve lost your loved one in a senseless accident caused by a negligent third party, you have rights! The Fort Myers wrongful death attorneys can help you determine how best to proceed in your case. Experience matters in these specialized and complicated cases, so let our attorneys investigate your claim and collect the evidence needed to fight for the compensation you and your family deserve. 

If you’ve lost a loved one due to third-party negligence or misconduct in Fort Myers or a nearby community, contact the wrongful death attorneys at Pittman Law Firm, P.L. today! Call (239) 603-6913 to schedule a consultation with our team!

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death lawsuit is a personal injury suit filed on behalf of a deceased person to seek compensation for their losses. A deceased person’s survivors are allowed to sue for damages under Florida law provided they meet the statute of limitation and have a viable claim. While a wrongful death claim is filed to benefit the family and loved ones of a deceased individual, the case can only be pursued by a representative from the decedent’s estate. A representative of the estate is required to provide the court with the name of the decedent’s survivors before filing their case. Any damages awarded to the estate will be distributed according to inheritance laws if no estate plan is in place. 

When is a Wrongful Death Claim appropriate?

If you aren’t sure whether you have a viable wrongful death claim, meeting with an attorney can help you work through the details of your claim to determine how you should proceed. When a loved one dies from injuries sustained in an accident or negligent incident, like medical malpractice, survivors can pursue damages to compensate for the loss of their loved one. If a personal injury case would be filed if the victim were still alive, the case typically meets the standard for a wrongful death lawsuit. 

Examples of wrongful death claims include the following: 

Murder: When one person ends the life of another, a wrongful death case could be appropriate. The person responsible for the death would likely face criminal charges filed by the government, and the family would seek to recover damages in civil court. 

Medical Malpractice: When a doctor has a patient in their care who dies from negligence, the patient’s survivors could file a wrongful death claim. Medical malpractice could also become a wrongful death suit if the doctor failed to diagnose a condition that led to a loss of life. 

Automobile Accidents: When a person dies in a vehicle collision caused by negligent driving, a wrongful death suit could be appropriate. Not every automobile crash qualifies for a wrongful death suit. Cases should include incidents where the third party was driving negligently, for example:

  • Reckless Driving
  • Ignoring Driving Rules
  • Driving Under the Influence 
Our Compassionate Team Can Fight For You

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

Whether you have questions or you’re ready to get started, our legal team is ready to help. Complete our form below or call us at (239) 603-6913.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy