Queens Wrongful Death Lawyers
Helping Surviving Family Members in Queens Recover Compensation for their Losses
Nothing can be more upsetting and saddening than when a loved one’s death is brought about by someone else’s carelessness or negligence. In the State of New York, the law allows for the decedent’s surviving family members to bring a claim to recover monetary compensation. This type of claim is called a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful deaths can arise in a variety of different contexts, including motor vehicle collisions, catastrophic injury cases, medical malpractice, and on-the-job injuries.
If you or someone you loved was killed in an accident that someone else caused, you need an experienced lawyer on your side. The compassionate Queens wrongful death lawyers at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman have been representing individuals in wrongful death cases for over 80 years. Our team of lawyers is both compassionate and aggressive and will fight hard to recover much-deserved compensation on your behalf during this extremely difficult time.
Who Can File?
The State of New York does not allow a family member to file a lawsuit for wrongful death unless that particular family member is the personal representative of the decedent’s estate. Nevertheless, the wrongful death claim may still be used as a way to recover damages for losses survived by all of the decedent’s heirs. If damages are awarded as part of the wrongful death lawsuit, the personal representative essentially holds these damages in trust for the benefit of the decedent’s survivors.
Available Damages in a Queens Wrongful Death Claim
Damages can be difficult to prove in a wrongful death case because unfortunately, the decedent is not alive and available to testify in the courtroom. The Queens wrongful death lawyers at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman can help bring out the testimony necessary to recover monetary compensation for the following:
Burial and funeral expenses for the decedent
Wages which the decedent lost from the time of his or her final illness or injury and the time of death
Inheritance lost by the decedent’s surviving children
The reasonable amount of nursing home, medical, and health care costs incurred by the decedent and which are related to the decedent’s final illness or injury
Value of parental care, nurturing, and guidance to the decedent’s surviving children
Loss of financial support due to the decedent’s death
Pain and suffering damages incurred from the time of the decedent’s final illness or injury
New York law, however, does not permit the decedent’s surviving family members to recover their own monetary compensation for mental anguish, pain and suffering, or loss of the decedent’s companionship.
Speak with a Queens Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
A claim for wrongful death in New York must be filed within two years of the decedent’s death date. Otherwise, a claim cannot be filed. The compassionate attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman can assist with filing a wrongful death claim and can pursue damages on the estate’s behalf. To schedule a free consultation or case evaluation with a Queens wrongful death lawyer, please call us today at (917) 268-0344, or contact us online.