Compassionate Legal Guidance and Representation to Survivors
If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, New York law may give you the right to seek compensation from the at-fault party. While no amount of compensation can ever bring your loved one back, a wrongful death claim may provide you with a sense of justice and financial accountability. The compassionate Brooklyn personal injury attorneys at Avanzino & Moreno, P.C., Attorneys at Law are here to guide you through this difficult time. Call our wrongful death lawyers in Brooklyn today for a free and confidential consultation.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death occurs when someone dies due to the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another party. In such situations, New York wrongful death law gives the personal representative of the decedent’s estate the right to make a legal claim against the party responsible for the death.
Common causes of wrongful death claims include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Premises liability
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Violent acts (Police Misconduct)
Our experienced wrongful death attorneys in Brooklyn can review your claim and explain whether you have a viable claim under the law.
Recoverable Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
In New York wrongful death claims, the following damages may be able to be recovered:
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Reasonable costs of medical aid, nursing, and attention for the last illness or injury
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of services
- Pain and Suffering
In cases involving egregious conduct, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar conduct.
Proving Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
Under New York State’s pecuniary loss statute, the personal representative must prove the amount of financial loss experienced by the next of kin. This includes economic losses, such as the loss dependents suffer from the loss of the decedent’s earnings. It also includes the loss of services the decedent provided, such as childcare and guidance to their children. Proving these losses often requires working with economic experts who can establish their value.
Time Limit to File a Wrongful Death Claim in New York
New York’s statute of limitations gives you a specific amount of time to file a wrongful death lawsuit. You generally have just two years from the date of death to file the lawsuit. If this time limit passes and you have failed to take legal action, you can lose your right to recover compensation, no matter how clear liability is in your case. Do not miss out on your chance to hold the liable party responsible for the harm they committed. Contact an experienced NYC lawyer today to get started on your claim.
Contact Our Compassionate Brooklyn Wrongful Death Attorneys
If you have lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, you should not have to worry about being treated fairly during a legal claim. The compassionate Brooklyn wrongful death lawyers at Avanzino & Moreno, P.C., Attorneys at Law can handle your case from start to finish, providing you with the emotional and logistical support you need during this difficult time so you can focus on your grief and your family. Our lawyers have handled complex personal injury claims for more than 30 years. We know what it takes to yield successful results. Contact us today for your free case review.