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Filing a wrongful death claim (FAQ)

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim In NY (FAQ)

Birzon and Associates, Smithtown, Suffolk and Nassau Counties, LI, NY Wrongful Death Attorneys

Two possible things could happen to your wrongful death case:
• wrongful death settlement reached before trial
• wrongful death case could go to trial (in which case this wrongful death case will take several years). Larger wrongful death case often go to trial.

What kinds of damages are recoverable in a wrongful death case?

The following damages may be recovered in a wrongful death case:

• Immediate expenses associated with the death (medical & funeral)
• Loss of victim’s anticipated earnings in the future until time of retirement or death
• Loss of benefits caused by the victim’s death (pension, medical coverage, etc.)
• Loss of inheritance caused by the untimely death
• Pain and suffering, or mental anguish to the survivors

If your loved one died due to the actions of another, you should contact the nearest wrongful death attorney immediately to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies. A wrongful death attorney will be able to explain the value of your case and help you navigate through the complicated legal process. Most attorneys who handle wrongful death matters work on a contingency basis.

Whom Can I Sue In A Wrongful Death Case?

Wrongful Death New York wrongful death actions typically pursue compensation from parties whose negligence directly caused the death of a loved one.

Common examples are negligent drivers in auto accidents, doctors whose delayed diagnoses caused the unnecessary death of a patient or manufacturers of faulty products that cause death. However, individuals who lose loved ones needlessly through negligence or wrongful acts should consult an experienced Suffolk County wrongful death lawyer to learn the legal options available for their situations.

Families can potentially bring wrongful death actions against any party connected with the death of a loved one. One local example involves the family of one of four victims murdered in a pharmacy robbery. According to the Wall Street Journal, a Long Island judge permitted the family to pursue a wrongful death action against a doctor who allegedly over-prescribed pills for the drug addict criminally convicted for the murders. The judge permitted the wrongful death claim on the grounds that doctors may have a duty to protect the public from the actions of an addict.

Cases like this one illustrate the importance of retaining a wrongful death lawyer with the skills and resources to investigate every detail behind the actions that lead to a wrongful death. A law firm fully dedicated to personal injury cases has the experience needed to recognize all factors — and a network of investigative professionals who can unravel the maze of circumstances that contributed to the needless death of a loved one.

No amount of money can truly compensate the people left behind when a wrongful act results in the loss of a loved one. During these times, you need a law firm with the sensitivity and compassion to help you through an emotionally-charged period ¾ and the dedication to help you pursue the compensation you need to start to move forward.

It costs nothing to discuss your case with an experienced wrongful death attorney at Birzon, and and Associates, located in Smithtown, LI.

The Birzon and Associates Law Firm has served thousands of Long Island accident victims and their families, throughout our local Smithtown community where our office has been located for over Thirty (30) years.

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