Should Trayvon Martin’s Parents File a Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

by Carmen Dellutri on April 2, 2012

Fort Myers accident lawyerThe tragic shooting of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin has created a media firestorm and a national debate over Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. As parents, our hearts go out to the family of Trayvon Martin.

As has been widely reported in the media, Martin was fatally shot during a confrontation with the head of a neighborhood watch inside a gated townhouse community in Sanford, Florida. Martin’s parents and many around the country believe that the shooter, George Zimmerman, should be criminally prosecuted. Although the investigation is ongoing, Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense has so far prevented police from filing charges.

We know that Trayvon’s parents are likely focused on the criminal justice system at this point. However, if prosecutors fail to bring charges, the next step may be to file a Florida wrongful death lawsuit against Zimmerman and the homeowner association he represented as the neighborhood watch coordinator.

What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A death is considered “wrongful” when a person is killed as a result of the negligence or misconduct of another person, company, or entity. In order to succeed in a Florida wrongful death lawsuit, Trayvon’s parents will have to prove that Trayvon’s death was caused by another party’s negligent or intentional conduct, and that they have suffered damages as a result of the death.

The specific compensation available to survivors is outlined in Florida’s Wrongful Death Act. Among other compensation, Trayvon’s parents are entitled to recover for the mental pain and suffering caused by their son’s death.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child or someone you love has been killed by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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