Wrongful death is defined as an incident in which a person is killed as the result of someone else’s recklessness, negligence, or intentional harm.
The New York City wrongful death attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, P.C. have helped the families of many individuals who have died a wrongful death, and we understand the traumatic nature of such an event.
Causes of a Wrongful Death
The most common circumstances that result in a wrongful death include:
- Reckless driving
- Airplane crashes
- Workplace accidents
- Unsafe premises
- Defective products, including pharmaceuticals
- Pedestrian Accidents
Find out how many American deaths result from accidents like those listed above on the US Centers For Disease Control (CDC) website here.
Liability for a Wrongful Death
These are just a few of the possible causes of a wrongful death. Liability for an accident or death is a complex issue; knowledgeable personal injury attorneys can determine whether the family of the deceased may have a valid wrongful death case.
The Family of the Deceased May Act
The husband or wife, children and parents of the deceased are among those who may pursue a legal action for wrongful death. If a minor child would be the appropriate person to file a wrongful death claim, he or she will need an adult guardian to act on his/her behalf.
Losses in a Wrongful Death
No matter what the circumstances of a wrongful death, the family members left behind will be faced not only with the shock and heartache of losing a loved one; many difficult financial challenges are ahead, including costs and losses such as:
- Medical and hospital bills
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of financial support from the deceased, including future earnings
- Loss of a parent’s training and guidance
- Loss of the companionship of a spouse, parent, child or other loved one
- Emotional pain and suffering of the survivors
- Compensation for the deceased’s suffering
Find more about the legal definition of negligence at Cornell University’s Legal Information Institute.
Speak to One of Our Attorneys about Your Loss
New York and federal statutes of limitations provide deadlines for filing a wrongful death claim. If you suspect or know that the death of your family member was a wrongful death, click here to contact the New York City wrongful death attorneys of Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman today to explore your legal rights.