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What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Jul 21 2020

Wrongful death suits are the most tragic civil cases because they involve the loss of a loved one. If you’ve lost a family member to someone else’s negligence or other wrongful act, you may be able to recover for certain financial losses. While nothing can return your loved one to you, recovering on your financial damages can help you better travel the path toward recovery, and an experienced NYC wrongful death attorney can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.

The Elements of a Wrongful Death Claim

In the state of New York, several elements must apply, including:

Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death?

Only certain parties can bring a wrongful death claim in New York. These include:

Importantly, there is an order of priority as to who can file a claim, so it’s important to speak with a lawyer about your options.

Damages Sought

The damages sought in wrongful death cases can include:

You may also recover damages on the pain and suffering your loved one consciously endured in the time that passed from the fatal accident until death. Survivors, however, cannot collect on their own pain and suffering in the State of New York.

It’s in Your Best Interest to Consult with an Experienced NYC Wrongful Death Attorney

Wrongful death cases often involve significant losses and can be extremely complicated. If you’ve lost a loved one to someone else’s negligence, the dedicated wrongful death attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman are committed to aggressively advocating for the compensation to which you are entitled and that you need to follow the difficult path toward recovery. Our firm is one of the oldest and most well-respected in the City, and we take great pride in skillfully serving its residents. Your case is important, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 212-285-3300 for more information today.