Compassionate, Dedicated Legal Representation for Grieving New York Families
Losing a loved one is a profound and terrible event. The magnitude of that tragedy is amplified further when the death happens suddenly as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Unfortunately, even in the midst of so much sadness and grief, there are practical and financial considerations that do not go away.
The accident may have left you and your family with enormous expenses — the cost of funeral and burial, for instance, or medical bills left behind at the end of your loved one’s life.
You might have depended on your late relative for income or other types of support or assistance. Without them around, everything in your life might suddenly look different, perhaps even in ways you haven’t yet considered.
There are emotional scars, too, that might seem impossible to repair. Spouses, parents, and children are left devastated and will need support on the difficult road ahead.
In New York, the family members of wrongful death victims may be able to claim a financial recovery as compensation for these and other losses.
In the sections that follow, we will explain how New York wrongful death law works in general and how an experienced lawyer can handle the entire claims process so that you don’t have to.
The Kingston wrongful death lawyers at O’Connor & Partners have years of experiencing in handling these sensitive and challenging cases. We provide compassionate, supportive, and determined legal representation, always aimed at getting your family the largest possible financial recovery without asking you to shoulder the difficult burdens of litigation or negotiation.
We understand that in the days and weeks following a tragedy, legal action might be the furthest thing from your mind. But if someone else’s carelessness contributed to your loved one’s death, you shouldn’t have to pay for the resulting expenses on your own.
Let us handle this process for you while you take time to be with your family. Please call O’Connor & Partners to talk about your situation as soon as possible.
How Does New York Law Define Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is a legal term that refers to a death that was caused (in whole or in part) by someone else’s negligence, recklessness, misconduct, malpractice, or violation of the law.
A wrongful death is, generally speaking, one that could have been prevented had the at-fault parties behaved reasonably or more carefully.
What Kind of Compensation Is Available in a NY Wrongful Death Claim?
In New York, when someone dies, their estate is typically administered by a personal representative. New York law allows that personal representative to file a claim against the responsible parties for the benefit of the surviving family members.
Depending on the circumstances, you and your family might be entitled to compensation for:
- The deceased’s hospital and medical expenses
- The deceased’s pain and suffering
- Burial and funeral costs
- Loss of future earnings, pension, and/or benefits
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of financial support or other forms of support
- Loss of care and protection
- Other losses caused by the wrongful death, depending on the facts of the case
- Punitive damages (in some extreme cases)
Some of these damages are claimed on behalf of the deceased’s estate; others are claimed on behalf of the family members themselves.
Who Is Eligible to File a Claim for Wrongful Death Damages in New York?
Laws vary from state to state about which family members are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In New York, while it is technically the personal representative of the estate who files the lawsuit, the following family members are eligible to receive compensation:
- Children of the deceased
- Parents of the deceased
- Spouse of the deceased
- Siblings of the deceased (in some cases)
- Cousins of the deceased (in some cases)
Every situation is different. If you have a question about your rights under New York law, please contact the Kingston wrongful death lawyers at O’Connor & Partners right away.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death claim can arise out of almost any personal injury. Accidents most frequently leading to wrongful death claims in New York include:
- Auto accidents
- Large truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle & pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Construction accidents
- Defective products / dangerous drugs
- Mass transportation accidents (e.g., bus, airplane, train, subway, etc.)
- Police brutality
- Criminal acts/terrorist attacks
Which Areas in the Hudson Valley Do You Serve?
O’Connor & Partners is here to help and serve grieving families throughout the state of New York.
Our office is located in Kingston, NY, mere minutes from the New York State Thruway. We also routinely handle cases throughout the Hudson Valley, including, Kingston, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, and Ellenville.
Schedule a Free Wrongful Death Case Review with O’Connor & Partners
As terrible as it is, the companies and insurance providers responsible for paying benefits to you and your family will likely try everything they can to reduce their payout and deny you true justice. They might even try to turn the tables and blame you or your loved one for the death. That isn’t right, and we’re here to take a strong stand on your side.
Our experienced Kingston wrongful death attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for accident victims and their families. Let us fight for you and yours too.
We work with accident investigation and reconstruction specialists who have special experience and expertise in fatality cases. We are prepared to fight so that your family’s recovery represents everything you are owed.