Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
At Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., we understand that financial compensation cannot bring back your loved one. However, we also know that a loved one’s unexpected death can create a massive financial burden for a grief-stricken family.
A wrongful death claim can help you hold the liable party responsible for your tragic loss. It may also allow the decedent’s surviving family members to recover financial compensation. Damages in a New York wrongful death claim may include:
- Medical expenses from the decedent’s medical care prior to their death
- Costs incurred by the decedent’s funeral and burial or cremation
- The loss of the decedent’s income
- Lost inheritance sustained by the decedent’s children
- The loss of the decedent’s services, such as homemaking or taking care of children
- The decedent’s conscious pain and suffering
Wrongful Death Time Restrictions in New York
Wrongful death lawsuits are subject to a time constraint called a “statute of limitations.” Generally, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit in New York is two years, according to New York Estates, Powers & Trusts (EPT) §5-4.1.
If you try to bring a lawsuit after two years, the court may refuse to hear your case. There are important exceptions to the statute of limitations, however. For example, if you are bringing a lawsuit against a municipality, the statute of limitations is significantly shorter. Call our office at (516) 451-7900 to discuss the applicable statute of limitations for your case.
A Lawyer Can Help
Proving the elements needed to win a wrongful death claim is often quite challenging. A wrongful death lawyer serving Freeport from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can help. Our team can identify who is liable for your loved one’s death, gather evidence to support your claim, consult experts who can testify regarding the cause of your loved one’s death, negotiate a settlement, and seek damages on your behalf. If a satisfactory wrongful death settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, we are prepared to take your case to trial.
Call our office at (516) 451-7900 today for a free, confidential case assessment.