A wrongful death is caused by the intentional, reckless or negligent act or failure to act of another party. Wrongful deaths can occur due to accidents, including auto accidents, medical malpractice, slip/trip/falls or work-related incidents involving construction. The pain and anguish, as well as the anger and guilt a family experiences when a loved one is wrongfully taken from them is tragic and can take years to overcome. Unfortunately, the family must struggle with the financial consequences of the death as well. Who will help support the children, pay the bills and provide for the family? Who can compensate the survivors for the loss of guidance and companionship that their loved one used to provide? Fortunately, families can recover for some of the damages inflicted upon them by bringing a legal action against the parties responsible for the wrongful death.
A wrongful death action alleges that the deceased was killed as a result of the responsible party’s negligence, malice or recklessness, and that the surviving family members are entitled to monetary damages as a result of the responsible party’s actions. Damages can be recovered for the loss of the deceased’s economic contributions, parental guidance and counsel and in certain states for the loss of the deceased’s presence and comfort as well. Damages can also be recovered based on the conscious pain and suffering endured by the deceased before death. In certain states, the survivors can pursue damages based on their own pain and suffering. Since the time restrictions for pursuing actions vary based on the cause of death, it its important to obtain legal assistance in a timely manner.
The Law Offices of Adam M. Thompson, P.C., is a New York personal injury firm that empathizes with the difficulties a family goes through when a loved one suffers a wrongful death. Our wrongful death cases attorneys have handled an impressive volume of wrongful death cases and have a thorough understanding of the state and federal damage standards for personal injury and wrongful death. We have the resources to investigate the circumstances of the wrongful death and demonstrate the responsible party’s liability. These measures include obtaining the wrongdoer’s statement before they have a chance to speak with their insurance company or lawyer, recording eyewitness accounts while the event is recent and/or inspecting the physical evidence (such as the product or vehicle before it has been tampered with, moved or destroyed). We will gather the necessary evidence to demonstrate wrongdoing, including police reports, medical and hospital records and autopsy findings. In addition, our wrongful death cases attorneys have access to a variety of financial experts to help establish the serious economic impact the deceased’s wrongful death will have on your family.
Our team provides a sympathetic approach when helping a family in a wrongful death case. We understand that families may not want to dwell on painful, yet important, considerations like their financial situation or the deceased’s suffering before death, and we work with them in a caring, supportive environment. Though a favorable verdict and monetary reward cannot bring a loved one back to life, it can help maintain the quality of life for those who depended upon him or her.
If you have lost a loved one to another party’s recklessness or negligence in New York State or New Jersey, please contact our office immediately by calling (212) 267-2424. You can also fill out our online contact form to start seeking justice for your loved one right now.