Legal Remedies After A Loved One’s Accidental Death
If you have arrived at this page after your loved one died in a serious accident, please know that we at Smalline and Harri offer genuine sympathy and understanding. At the same time, we hope to be able to offer tangible help to you and your family.
We are personal injury lawyers who have represented many New Yorkers who lost family members in traffic accidents, workplace accidents and other unfortunate incidents.
We understand that you need time to grieve and we will not interrupt your family gatherings at this difficult time. However, we want you to keep in mind that time may be of the essence. We are ready to begin an investigation to determine whose negligence was responsible for your loved one’s fatal accident.
Since 1994, we have been getting solid results for the Albany community. Let us hear from you as soon as you can spare time for a brief but important consultation with a wrongful death lawyer.
Things To Know About Wrongful Death Cases In New York
We are here to answer questions as well as get to work on your case. Ask us whatever is on your mind, such as the following:
Who is eligible to bring a wrongful death claim in New York?
According to New York law, in order of priority, the following family members may bring wrongful death claims:
- The person’s spouse and/or children
- The person’s parents
- Siblings, grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts and/or cousins if any of them are personal representatives for the estate
To confirm who can bring a wrongful death claim and/or receive compensation after a fatality in your family, consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
Is there a statute of limitations to keep in mind?
The typical time limit for bringing a wrongful death claim is two years. There may be exceptions for certain circumstances. Ask a lawyer for a case evaluation soon after the death to allow time to develop a compelling wrongful death claim.
What types of compensation are available if I bring a successful wrongful death claim?
Economic damages available in New York wrongful death cases include compensation for:
- Final medical bills, funeral and burial
- The loss of the deceased person’s income and services that would have continued benefiting the family.
Allowable noneconomic damages include compensation to account for:
- The deceased person’s pain and suffering
- Their fear of impending death if applicable
- The loss of guidance for minor children of the deceased
For specifics in your potential wrongful death case, ask an attorney for clarification.
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No matter whether your loved one died in a car accident, fall or surgery gone wrong, Smalline and Harri can be a valuable resource for you and your family after a fatal accident.