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Wrongful Death Attorney in Altamonte Springs, Florida

In law wrongful death occurs where someone dies as the result of the negligence of another person. A claim can be brought for the wrongful death by the personal representative (PR) of the estate of the deceased. The PR (sometimes called an executor) represents the interests of the estates and all those that have a claim to it. In the wrongful death suit the PR represents the interests of those known as "survivors." These are people who have a legal right to recover for the deceased's injuries under Florida law. As with other claims if it cannot be resolved without a lawsuit a suit can be filed.

The wrongful death claim or lawsuit exists to help the families of the victim of the wrongful death (the deceased) seek compensation for damages they incurred. The damages they are permitted to recover are strictly controlled by statute and can include:

Loss of support and services from the deceased
Loss of companionship of a spouse
Loss of parental companionship
Pain and suffering (who may recover this is limited by Florida Statute)
Loss of net accumulation to the estate of the deceased
Medical Expenses
Funeral expenses

Types of wrongful death cases include:

  • Car or automobile accidents caused by a negligent or drunk driver
  • Fatal injuries caused by medical malpractice
  • Fatal injuries caused by the serving of alcohol to individuals under the age of 21 by restaurants or bars
  • Fatal injuries or death caused by the malfunction of a product
  • Fatal injuries or death caused by the neglect of a patient such as in a nursing home or a childcare center


One of the worst things imaginable is that phone call a person gets in which they learn that they have lost a loved one in a tragic accident. It is even more devastating when that person discovers that they lost their loved ones as a result of another person's negligence. While learning of the wrongful death of a loved one is a horrifying experience, wrongful death accidents in Central Florida happen all the time. The families of wrongful death victims are often left with crippling financial and emotional burdens to settle. Besides dealing with the physical loss of a loved one, the surviving party must also cope with the resulting loss of emotional and financial support.

Who is entitled to Receive Compensation in a Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

While Florida law limits who can recover, and what can be recovered, in the case of a wrongful death attorney Mark A. Cornelius is familiar with these laws and can help let you know your rights. In Florida, if you are the spouse, child or parent of a wrongful death victim, then you may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault party for your damages. Other relatives may be entitled to compensation as well if they can prove that they relied on the wrongful death accident victim for support or service. Orlando personal injury attorney Mark A. Cornelius has been helping the families of wrongful death victims achieve peace of mind and justice for their loved ones since the early 1990s.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent act or misconduct of another party, then you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit and receive compensation for your loss. If you would like to learn more about a potential wrongful death claim, then it's time to have a personal conversation with me. Call my Law Office, Mark A. Cornelius, P.A., 24/7 for a free legal consultation.