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    Wrongful Death Lawyer in Brooklyn, Queens and All of New York

    The untimely passing of a loved one has a lifelong impact on surviving family members. Fortunately, a family has the right in the state of New York to sue for compensation to cover monetary injuries caused by their loved one’s passing.
    If you have suddenly lost a family member in New York, contact a NYC wrongful death lawyer at the Law Offices of Eric Richman. Our dedicated legal team may help you recover damages for your family’s pain and suffering.

    What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

    Wrongful death compensation may be pursued to cover:

    • Funeral expenses
    • Burial or cremation costs
    • Medical expenses
    • Loss of income
    • Emotional distress
    • Lost benefits from the deceased’s work
    • Loss of inheritance
    • Loss of companionship

    Family members may also seek punitive damages against the responsible party. It is important to contact a wrongful death lawyer in New York in the event of an unexpected passing.

    When the actions or negligence of a person or party results in another person’s passing, their surviving family may file a wrongful death lawsuit.

    Life after the unexpected death of a loved one can be a difficult struggle. Through a wrongful death claim, family members may be able to recover damages to address financial challenges and pain and suffering brought on by their loved one’s death. 

    The surviving family must prove they are a statutory beneficiary and file a claim within the appropriate amount of time. They must also show that a wrongful action resulted in the death of their loved one and that unavoidable monetary damages were incurred.

    A wrongful death attorney at the Law Offices of Eric Richman brings decades of experience and compassion representing wrongful death victims. We can support your family in investigating your case and building a strong claim for restitution.

    What Types of Wrongful Death Cases Does the Law Offices of Eric Richman Take?

    When a devastating accident cuts someone’s life short, the responsible party may be held liable for damages – whether it’s the driver of another vehicle, a doctor, or a corporate property owner.

    As a wrongful death attorney in NYC, Eric Richman brings decades of experience and compassion representing wrongful death victims. You may have the right to seek restitution after losing a family member.

    Wrongful Death Questions

  • When will a defendant be liable for wrongful death?

    When assessing if a defendant is liable for a wrongful death, the “duty of care” and the defendant’s behavior need to be considered.

    “Duty of care” relates to whether or not the situation in question has crossed any legal boundaries in terms of the defendant’s conduct and responsibility. An example of this would be that all drivers have a duty of care to remain sober and follow the laws of the road while driving on a public road. Therefore, if a defendant is found to have been drunk driving, there will be a stronger case for them to be held liable.

    A second consideration is whether or not the death would still have occurred if the defendant did not act in such a way, or even if the defendant was not there. If the death likely could have been prevented without the defendant’s behavior/negligence, then the case against may be stronger.

  • What is the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in New York?

    In the State of New York, the general statute of limitations to file a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of the fatality. There are many exceptions which may sometimes alter the amount of time permitted to file a claim. It’s important to remember that the claim can be denied if it is not filed within the given time frame, so it is vital to file your claim as soon as possible.

  • Every case is unique. This is not attorney or legal advice. In order to make a full and proper determination regarding your time to file suit, please contact Eric Richman.

    A range of tragic circumstances can form a basis for a wrongful death claim: 

    • Car, truck, or bus accident

      Fatal automobile accidents happen every day in New York. Driver error or carelessness that results in another person’s death may be cause for a wrongful death lawsuit. The same goes for manufacturer error or defective equipment that resulted in a loss of life after a vehicular malfunction or collision.

    • Premises liability

      Negligent oversight and inadequate maintenance of a property can lead to deadly accidents. Family members may have the right to seek compensation from property owners, managers, landlords, and business entities whose neglect resulted in a relative’s preventable death.

    • Medical malpractice

      Medical practitioners have a duty to abide by a standard of care. If they breach this duty and their actions or negligence result in a patient’s death, they may be held responsible for resulting harm to the family. New York, by far, has seen the most medical malpractice payments of any state, totaling over $7 billion from 2009 to 2018. 

    • Drunk driving accident

      Close to 30 people die every day in drunk driving accidents in the U.S. The cost of these deaths and damages add up to tens of billions of dollars each year. If someone was illegally driving while impaired and their recklessness resulted in your loved one’s death, you might be entitled to seek compensation.

    Filing a Lawsuit

    Financial losses compound the stress and grief family members experience after the untimely death of a loved one. You do not have to face this challenge alone.

    It is important to hire an accidental death attorney as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Eric Richman can provide legal guidance in retaining a financial settlement for your family.

    Contact a New York City Wrongful Death Lawyer at the
    Law Offices of Eric Richman

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