As a personal injury attorney on Long Island, we also help many in New York with wrongful death claims. Learn more about wrongful death claims, what they are, and what sort of damages you may be looking for in the suit. Our law firm has years of experience working with clients from across Long Island and have become a go-to attorney to help with wrongful death claims. So you can turn to us with full confidence knowing we will go above and beyond for you.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
Let’s start with what exactly is a wrongful death claim. When someone else’s negligence or intentional actions leads to someone’s death, then you may file a wrongful death claim in pursuit of benefits. Of course, this sort of death is a tragedy. And made even more so due to the fact that there is someone to blame for it. And it is not simply some unavoidable action. When you file a wrongful death claim, it is under the assumption that the death would have been avoided if not for a person or entity.
So this is where filing a wrongful death claim comes in, since it allows for the surviving family and loved ones to seek compensation for the financial and personal losses as a result of the death. Some examples of common wrongful death claims includes:
- construction accidents
- workplace accidents
- medical malpractice
- elevator accident
- car accidents
Regardless of circumstance, any case in which death has resulted due to another person’s negligence may be a potential wrongful death case. So it does not have to be on that short list. It simply needs to be an act of negligence. Or perceived negligence. To file a wrongful death lawsuit, you do not need an attorney. But having one helps make sure you are properly filing the claim. And this way we can discuss how to win the lawsuit and help you through the process.
Damages in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
There are different types of damages you can make a claim for in wrongful death cases. Some of the common damages people ask to receive are:
- health care and medical expenses
- funeral and burial costs
- lost wages and benefits if death had not occurred
- lost inheritance to those who would have received it
- pre-impact terror
- loss of parental guidance and/or companionship
- victim’s pain and suffering experienced before dying
It goes without saying that these damages and the compensation change based on the different circumstances. But in general, the age, lifestyle, earning capacity, life expectancy, and overall health of the deceased is used to determine the monetary value of the loss. For example, if a person who died was a middle-aged family man in good health, then the wrongful death claim can ask for predicted earnings, as well as lost inheritance. Since this loss accounts for many more years of life and lifestyle. The case can also be made for loss of parental guidance if the children are young enough.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the wrongful death of a child, there are not many damages to claim. This comes down to the fact that the child did not provide for his or her family.
For more information about hiring us as your attorney, please contact us today. We will happily answer all the questions you may have regarding the representation of a wrongful death attorney and all that we can do for you. We have years of experience as work injury attorneys and specialize in the handling of many personal injury lawsuits. So please, if you need help with a wrongful death claim, then reach out to us today. When you call, we can provide you with a no-obligation consultation. The number for our office is 516-564-4200.