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Wrongful Death

Why You Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer in New York

In the state of New York, a wrongful death claim must have five elements in order to be successful. These factors include being able to prove a death that must have been caused by the negligent or wrongful conduct of someone, the survival of a person or persons who have suffered loss because of the death, circumstances that could have led to a personal injury lawsuit had the victim not died, and damages that the estate may claim because of the event of a wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one due to wrongful death in New York, a wrongful death lawyer from the Law Offices of G. Oliver Koppell & Associates can help you to recover the compensation that you deserve in this situation.

Who May Sue For a Wrongful Death Action in New York?

To file a wrongful death lawsuit in the state of New York, the person who files the suit must be the legal personal representative of the deceased person. New York is unique in that a family member of the deceased is not automatically entitled to bring this type of lawsuit in a court of law unless he or she is also the personal representative of the deceased.

Losses suffered by the deceased person’s beneficiaries and heirs may be sought along with damages that will be assessed to the deceased’s estate if the lawsuit is successful. The personal representative then holds the amount of damages awarded in trust for these beneficiaries at the end of the lawsuit once it is settled. The wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within the statute of limitations, which is within two years of the deceased person’s death. If you have questions about whether or not you may file a wrongful death lawsuit, they can be answered by the legal experts at the Law Offices of G. Oliver Koppell & Associates of New York.

Types of Damages Awarded in Wrongful Death Cases

The damages that are awarded for wrongful death cases in the state of New York will vary according to the circumstances of each individual case. However, they may include:

  • Medical expenses related to the illness or injury that led to the deceased person’s death
  • Expenses of a funeral and burial
  • Value of support and care that the deceased person gave to family
    Lost benefits and wages that would have been provided by the deceased person had he or she not died
  • Pain and emotional suffering of the deceased related to the final illness
  • Nine percent interest on the entire damages award, calculated from the date of the deceased person’s death.

Punitive damages may also be awarded in cases in which gross negligence or criminal activity occurred that led as a substantial factor to the deceased person’s death

Call for a Free Consultation with a Wrongful Death Lawyer in New York Today

If you have lost a loved one or a family member due to a wrongful death, call for a free consultation with a wrongful death lawyer in New York today. The legal professionals at the Law Offices of G. Oliver Koppell & Associates will ask you questions related to your loved one’s death and will thoroughly evaluate your case for its merits. Our law firm offers more than forty years of experience and will use our expertise to help you achieve the best outcome. We will treat you with compassion and respect and will work hard to get you what is rightfully yours in recovery for a loss. We serve the cities of Yonkers, Nassau, Westchester, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and surrounding New York communities.

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