There is absolutely nothing worse than losing a loved one in an accident due to negligence. Unfortunately, this happens far more often than any of us would like to think. Of course, financial compensation cannot bring your loved one back, but it can help cover the cost of their medical expenses, as well as help you attain a sense of justice. Please continue reading and speak with our compassionate Queens personal injury lawyer to learn more about wrongful death lawsuits and how our firm can assist you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do I know if I have a valid wrongful death claim?
As you know, wrongful death is when an individual suffers a fatal injury as a result of negligence. Unfortunately, people can sustain these fatal injuries in a wide array of accidents, including those involving slip and falls, auto accidents, product defects, and more. For death to classify as wrongful death in NY, you will have to prove the following:
- There was, in fact, a death
- An individual’s negligence caused the death
- Had the injured party lived after the accident, the action against them would be considered illegal
- The deceased party left a family behind who suffered a substantial financial loss due to the wrongful death
- The grieving party is entitled to financial compensation
How do I recover compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit?
After a loved one has sustained a fatal injury, the most important thing you can do is to speak with an experienced Queens personal injury lawyer who can gather and present sufficient evidence to prove that the wrongful death occurred as a direct result of another party’s negligence. As long as we can do so, you should receive compensation that helps cover the following:
- Your loved ones medical bills
- Lost inheritance for any surviving children
- 9% interest on the recovery awarded
- Additional health care expenses
- Support and services provided by the deceased individual
- The cost of a funeral
- Lost wages and benefits
That being said, if you are a surviving spouse or a domestic partner, you must file your wrongful death claim within three years of the date of the death, in accordance with the state’s statute of limitations. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with our firm today. We are here to assist you.
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Our entire legal team is dedicated to providing the advice you need and the personalized attention you deserve. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, call 212-421-0300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to financial compensation, which can help you on your road to recovery.