If a fatal accident has robbed you of a loved one and someone else was at fault, you can seek justice and financial compensation with help from a Long Island wrongful death lawyer.
Losing a loved one can be an incredibly hard experience for anyone to go through. When your loved one died as a result of someone else’s negligent or intentional actions, the grief of the loss is even more difficult to bear.
A wrongful death is a civil action against a party for causing a death by wrongful conduct. There are many situations that can lead to wrongful death: auto accidents, criminal actions, medical malpractice, defective products, and more. If you have a family member who’s been the victim of wrongful death, it can be difficult to know how to go about getting justice.
A Long Island wrongful death lawyer with Siler & Ingber, LLP will help you hold the negligent party who contributed to your loved one’s death accountable and get you the full compensation you deserve.
In a wrongful death claim, the surviving family members of the deceased seek to recover financial damages to compensate the losses caused by the death. Below are just a few example scenarios from which a wrongful death case might arise:
In New York, only the personal representative—usually a will executor—of the deceased’s estate may bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Such a case would be tried in surrogate court, the court that handles estate and probate matters in New York. The representative must prove the following points, which a Long Island wrongful death lawyer from our firm can assist you with:
Two separate types of damages may be recovered in a wrongful death case: economic losses of the deceased and pain and suffering experienced by the deceased before his or her death.
For instance, if a forty-year-old father of two died as a result of someone else’s negligence, a wrongful death settlement for his dependents could account for his lost income. So, if he planned to retire at age sixty-five, a settlement could account for twenty-five years of lost wages.
Also, dependents may be eligible to recover damages that reflect the pain and suffering experienced by the deceased before passing. If the forty-year-old father had to be hospitalized and received intensive medical care before passing away, a wrongful death case could account for the medical costs accrued during his hospital stay, as well as the suffering he went through.
We may also seek compensation for funeral expenses, the loss of parental nurturing and guidance, and interest on the damages awarded, as calculated from the date of death.
Even in this tough time, it is important to seek legal help as soon as possible. The statute of limitations on wrongful death cases is two years from the date of death. Suits brought after this time will most likely not be heard in court.
Your Long Island wrongful death lawyer will understand that the time period after a loved one’s death is an extremely difficult time. Your entire world may have changed, and it can be hard to know how to go about holding the negligent parties accountable.
A Long Island wrongful death lawyer from Siler & Ingber, LLP will work to hold the negligent parties accountable and get you the settlement your family deserves. Call us today at 1-516-294-2666, or contact us via our online form on this page to arrange your free consultation.