Few things are as tragic as the loss of a family member in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. The survivor’s family can find themselves dealing with the emotional turmoil from a sudden fatality as well as the financial hardship from the loss of an accident victim’s income.
At Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green, P. C., we help family members to recover their financial losses when another party’s negligence or intentional conduct causes a wrongful death. Families in Annandale, New Springville, and elsewhere in Staten Island should call our firm to speak with a Staten Island personal injury lawyer about their right and opportunity to collect damages through a wrongful death lawsuit.
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Common causes for wrongful death lawsuits
Survivors may have cause to receive compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit regardless of the circumstances that caused the fatality.
Those circumstances can include:
- Medical malpractice
- Car accidents or collisions between cars and pedestrians or bicyclists
- Intentional assault
- Construction accidents
- Neglect or mistreatment at elder care facilities and nursing homes
- Slip and fall accidents and other premises liability events
- Accidental or negligent discharge of firearms
- Mishaps at entertainment facilities, such as swimming pools and amusement parks
- Boating or airplane fatalities
- Excessive force by law enforcement authorities
A knowledgeable and experienced Staten Island wrongful death lawyer can answer your questions, including whether you might be able to collect compensation when a negligent or intentional act has caused the death of a family member.
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Close family members have a right to compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit
When you contact a wrongful death lawyer in Staten Island, they will ask about your relationship with the deceased. Damages in wrongful death lawsuits can only be recovered by the children, spouse, or parents or in limited circumstances by the siblings or cousins.
In New York State, the victim’s estate representative must initiate the lawsuit within two years. A court generally designates the estate representative when the victim’s will is filed for probate or an administration proceeding is commenced. Given the time required to start the process, the family should not hesitate to contact a wrongful death lawyer in Staten Island.
Wrongful death damages will ease the financial burden on the accident victim’s family
The damages that an accident victim’s family can recover through a wrongful death lawsuit will depend on the specific facts of each case.
With the representation of an experienced wrongful death attorney in Staten Island, families may recover compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- The accident victim’s pain and suffering
- Pre-fatality medical costs and expenses
- The accident victim’s lost future earnings
- The value of lost companionship and family support
A negligent party will generally refer all claims to a liability insurance carrier. They will attempt to settle for an amount that is far less than the victim’s survivors might recover through a wrongful death lawsuit. To recover the largest available damages award, the family and estate should always contact a wrongful death lawyer before speaking with any insurance company representatives or accepting insurance payments.
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Contact us at Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green, P. C., when one of your family members has succumbed to injuries from a negligent party in South Beach, New Springville, or anywhere else in Staten Island. Our wrongful death legal team will analyze your case and provide straightforward advice on your right and opportunity to collect damages through a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you retain our firm and we accept your case, we will fight to recover the largest available compensation to ease the financial burden that the sudden loss of a family member has imposed on you and your family