Losing a loved one could be one of the toughest moments in your life. What makes the feeling worse is knowing that another person’s negligence and recklessness was the cause of it. While nothing will ease the pain of your loss, if another person was the cause of your family member’s unfortunate and wrongful death, they should be held accountable. The Wrongful Death Attorneys at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson will help seek justice and hold the negligent responsible for their actions.
The concept of wrongful death is not difficult to understand. Here are some guidelines to help you learn more about filing a wrongful death claim in New York.
What Constitutes a Wrongful Death Claim?
If a person dies due to the misconduct, negligence, or recklessness of another, a wrongful death claim can be filed by family members. This is done to compensate for the damages that the surviving family members have suffered. It is a civil court action that aims to determine how much does the remaining family members deserve in order to recuperate for their loss. In New York, the spouse, parent, or child can file a lawsuit.
What Kind of Damages are Compensated in a Claim?
There are only two kinds of damages in a wrongful death claim in New York:
- Economic damages – Your loved one’s lost earnings are covered in the claim. The amount will be based on the normal life expectancy of a person. Aside from that, medical costs, funeral expenses, and even lost benefits are also included. If your loved one has children, you can also compensate for loss of parental care and guidance.
- Pain and Suffering damages – This is to compensate for the pain and discomfort that your loved one suffered. In New York, there’s no limit for the amount.
Your wrongful death attorney knows that there is no compensation for grief and mental anguish of the surviving family members but we can help you seek ways of relieving some of the stress.
How Much Time Do You Have?
According to the statute of limitations in New York, you have only up to two years from the death to file for a claim with a wrongful death attorney. If you weren’t able to file on time, you won’t be able to get anything from the loss of your loved one.
Wrongful Death Attorney
When seeking justice and compensation for the death of a loved one, it is important to hire a wrongful death attorney that is experienced and knowledgeable. At Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson our attorneys will aggressively represent you and treat you as part of our family. Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson has an extremely high success rate which includes multimillion dollar settlements/verdicts. Our Firm has been practicing for more than 70 years with over 100 years of combined experience. We provide a free consultation to individuals and families seeking wrongful death representation in New York. Our fees are contingent which means we only get paid if we receive compensation for you.