Losing a loved one due to the negligent actions (or inaction) of another person or organization is devastating for the surviving family and never easy to cope with. If you and your family are in this situation, we would like to begin by extending our deepest condolences at this sad time.
You have a right to pursue justice and financial damages via civil action for wrongful death. Without a doubt, no money can ever make up for the grief caused, but it can help with the practical and financial concerns you may have in the absence of your loved one. When you are ready, our Long Beach wrongful death lawyers are here to support you and your family with compassionate and effective legal representation.
In This Article
- What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
- We Will Support and Guide You Every Step of the Way Through the Legal Process
- Damages That May Be Included in a Long Beach Wrongful Death Case
- Additional Benefits of Choosing Friedman & Simon Injury Lawyers LLP
- Call Our Wrongful Death Lawyers for a Free Consultation
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death is a legal term referring to a fatality caused by someone else’s negligence, failure to act, or criminal misconduct. This civil action is separate from criminal proceedings and can apply to a range of situations that could stem from:
- Auto accidents
- Medical negligence and malpractice
- Workplace accidents and illnesses
- Boating accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Dangerous or defective products
- Nursing home abuse or neglect
- Domestic animal attacks
- Violent crimes
A wrongful death claim or lawsuit allows surviving family members to recover economic damages on behalf of a loved one who died in an accident caused by another’s negligence or wrongdoing. Per New York law, wrongful death claims are filed by the personal representative or executor of the deceased’s estate named in the will.
Settlements are not taxable and are generally distributed with priority going to the spouse, children, and parents. The settlement will be paid to the victim’s siblings if the deceased has no immediate surviving family. If no siblings exist, the decedent’s nieces and nephews will receive an equal share of the settlement.
For a free legal consultation with a wrongful death lawyer serving Long Beach, call 516-932-0400
We Will Support and Guide You Every Step of the Way Through the Legal Process
For over three decades, we have supported our clients during some of their most difficult life challenges. Our lawyers know this is a most sensitive and personal legal matter, and we consider it a special privilege to represent surviving families in wrongful death actions. Our commitment to providing excellent service and the best possible case results drives our determination to pursue the justice and compensation your family deserves.
What to Expect From the Legal Process
We provide everything needed to pursue your case and do the legal legwork with as little intrusion on you and your family as possible, allowing you and your family to grieve and heal. To give you an idea of how the legal process works, once we identify liable parties, we support our clients in practical terms by gathering the evidence required to prove the following elements of a wrongful death claim:
- The decedent died due to another person or organization’s negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct.
- The decedent would have a legal claim against the negligent party had they survived.
- The family suffered economic and emotional damages due to the incident.
- The amount of financial damages
Our wrongful death attorneys in New York will manage every aspect of your case, such as handling all communications with the defendant’s legal team, organizing and submitting evidence, and determining your financial losses. In addition, when necessary, we consult with medical and financial professionals who can provide expert testimony to support your claim.
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Damages That May Be Included in a Long Beach Wrongful Death Case
New York is one of the few states that do not set a cap on the damages a family can claim in a wrongful death case. However, settlements are determined by the unique circumstances of your situation, and there are many factors to consider when we assess the amount of financial damages you could recover concerning:
- Hospital and doctors’ bills incurred before your loved one’s passing
- Lost wages and other work-related benefits such as health insurance or a retirement plan
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of parental guidance, care and nurturing
- Loss of financial support
Limitation Periods for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in New York
If your case needs to go to court, legal action must be initiated within a specific timeframe per New York’s civil statute of limitations. Therefore, to avoid complications, it is beneficial to consider seeking our legal representation as soon as possible.
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Additional Benefits of Choosing Friedman & Simon Injury Lawyers LLP
To avoid undue financial pressure at this difficult time, we provide our legal services on a contingency-fee-basis. We never ask our clients to pay out-of-pocket costs or advance case expenses. In short, you pay nothing unless we recover for you.
With a reputation for hard work and over 30 years of serving injured Long Island accident victims, our award-winning trial attorneys are passionate advocates for the surviving families in wrongful death cases. Having recovered over $250 million on behalf of our clients in settlements and court verdicts, below are a few examples of our results in wrongful death cases. We intend these to reflect our commitment to providing excellent legal representation and maintaining high levels of client satisfaction.
- $750,000 for the wrongful death of a 48-year-old man who died after routine knee surgery.
- $925,000 for the wrongful death of a 22-year-old motorcyclist.
- $750,000 for the wrongful death of a 21-year-old woman several days after giving birth.
Please keep in mind these results may vary from what we can achieve for you as the circumstances of your case will differ from those listed.
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Call Our Wrongful Death Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you have lost someone you love due to the negligence of another person or organization, the attorneys at Friedman & Simon Injury Lawyers LLP are here to fight for the justice your loved one deserves and the compensation your family needs. Call for a free consultation to confidentially discuss your situation with our team today.