No amount of money can provide adequate compensation for families who lose a loved one too soon due to the negligent or willful acts of others. However, when families pursue claims against liable individuals to obtain the funds they deserve, their claims may serve a greater good. Some New York wrongful death cases create legal changes that can potentially prevent other families from going through similar experiences.
It took more than four years for the family of Jonathan Carey, a 13-year-old boy with autism, to reach a $5 million settlement for his death at the hands of a health aide from a state residential care facility. According to timesunion.com, the suit may have played an integral role in legislative changes such as a new law providing greater access to records of potential abuse complaints. After learning that the now-imprisoned aide worked excessive overtime at the facility, the Carey family continues to pursue legislation to limit the number of allowable work hours for aides within any given week.
In a perfect world, no one ever experiences the devastation caused by the needless loss of a loved one. However, any type of negligent or wrongful act can have an immediate effect on the very survival of family members who counted on a person for financial and emotional support. No one wants to think of lawsuits after the loss of a loved one. However, an experienced and compassionate New York wrongful death attorney can handle the details of these claims with the sensitivity families need as they try to come to grips with a new, emotionally charged reality.
The law firm of Rubin & Licatesi, P.C. represents clients who suffer emotional and monetary damages as the result of the wrongful death of a loved one.