What to Do if You Think Your Loved One’s Death Was Caused By Negligence
When you are going through the grieving process after losing a loved one, you may find yourself asking, “Why?” Why did this happen to your loved one? Was it simply an accident? Or could it have been prevented? If the death was caused by another person’s negligence, your family has a right to file a wrongful death claim on their behalf. While no lawsuit or settlement can ever replace your loved one, sometimes it can help your family move forward, pay for some expenses, and hold the negligent person or company responsible. A compassionate, experienced personal injury law firm can guide you through the wrongful death process. The attorneys at our firm understand that you are grieving, and they will handle the lawsuit for you, so that you can work to move forward after your loss.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases
There are many different types of negligence that can be fatal. Negligence occurs when another person acts in a way that puts others at risk of bodily injury or death. Some situations that lead to wrongful death actions include:
- Auto Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Work Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Obstetric Malpractice – death of an infant
- Trip and Fall Accidents
- Defective Products
- Defective Pharmaceutical Drugs
- Mass Transit Accidents
- Aviation Accidents
- Intentional Physical Violence
Wrongful death actions can arise out of almost any type of negligent action. Many car accidents, work accidents, and medical malpractice accidents can be fatal. Just because the individual died does not mean that the people responsible should not be held accountable. If you suspect that your loved one’s death was preventable, and caused by carelessness of another person, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. There are strict time limits for filing a wrongful death claim.
What Can We Recover in a Wrongful Death Case in New York?
In the state laws of New York, wrongful death recovery is limited to pecuniary losses. Pecuniary losses mean economic damages that the family suffered from losing their loved one. Unfortunately, the family cannot recover pain and suffering damages, but that does not mean that they should give up on pursuing a claim. In New York, families can be compensated for loss of earnings of the deceased person, loss of services of the deceased, loss of parental guidance and nurturing, and loss of potential inheritance. A skilled New York wrongful death lawyer will be able to explain these concepts to your family and help you make a decision about whether you wish to pursue a claim. The personal injury attorneys at our firm understand what your family is going through, and we are here to help. Whether you wish to ask a few questions, or you’re ready to file a claim, we will answer the call.