Accidental Death

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While all deaths provide families with a difficult time, if the death occurred as a result of action or the negligence of another there may be a circumstance of wrongful death. If this is the case, it is important to know that in New York, there is a short time frame available to file a wrongful death claim.

Some of the possible scenarios of when a wrongful death has occurred includes:

  • Deadly car crashes
  • Motorcyclist injuries
  • Truck fatalities
  • Construction accidents leading to injury
  • House fires and fatal burns
  • Electrocutions
  • Drownings

In a scenario like this, it is important to hire an attorney that will take the time to learn about the person you lost, find out how the passing of your loved one has affected you and guide you through the sometimes complicated process of filing a wrongful death claim. In the state of New York, there are detailed statutes and cases that indicate what the surviving members are entitled to receive after a wrongful death. There are two main entitlements: the payment for lost lifetime earnings and compensation for the pain and suffering your loved one endured.

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