Our Attorneys Can Help You Get Compensation for a Wrongful Death in Your Family
Uniondale and Brooklyn law firm provides compassionate representation across the state
Our lawyers understand the tragedy of a sudden death brought about by someone’s negligence, which can place both an emotional and financial strain on families faced with a loss of companionship and income. At Licatesi Law Group, LLP, we stand by our clients in New York and Long Island as tireless advocates during this difficult time. With offices in Uniondale and Brooklyn, we work to recover damages to help minimize the financial hardship they face as they cope with their loss.
What is wrongful death?
New York wrongful death claims arise when an individual dies as the result of the negligent or reckless act of another person or entity. Typical causes of a wrongful death include:
- Auto accidents
- Construction or other workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Manufacturing defects
- Criminal activities
- Toxic torts (harm caused by exposure to a harmful substance)
Our personal injury lawyers have handled many wrongful death cases in which a basic understanding of technical, scientific and medical facts is critical. Our firm also draws on resources such as medical experts, investigators and others to build our client’s case to prove negligence was the cause of their loved one’s death.
How can you file a wrongful death claim?
If your spouse or family member died due to someone else’s negligence, you may have a wrongful death claim. The responsible party may be a doctor, hospital, property owner, manufacturer, driver or an individual who deliberately caused harm. In New York, only the estate representative can bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of the estate, with damages going to the victim’s beneficiaries and heirs. Consulting an attorney as early as possible will give your legal team more time to prepare your claim and ensure you file before the two-year statute of limitations runs out.
Caring counselors advise on what to expect
After a loved one dies from an auto accident or another tragic incident, families are often thrown into chaos. They may have lost a primary breadwinner whose passing came suddenly or after an extended hospital stay. In addition to the loss of companionship of a spouse, parent or child, they may face enormous damages, such as:
- Medical and hospital bills — Often the full extent of these costs are not clear until weeks or months after death.
- Burial and funeral expenses — The average for burial and funeral costs is approximately $8,000 in New York, but $12,000 is not unusual.
- Loss of income — If your loved one earned a significant portion of the household income, the loss of that income to your family can be financially devastating and is a significant wrongful death damage.
- Suffering by the decedent — If the victim suffered before succumbing to their injuries, damages may be awarded to cover their suffering.
While New York does not award damages for the family’s pain and suffering or loss of companionship, even in cases where the deceased is a child, a wrongful death claim can seek damages for the loss of the value of support and services the deceased provided to family members and lost inheritance suffered by surviving children. We are committed to pursuing justice for wrongful death victims and their families.
Contact compassionate New York wrongful death lawyers in Uniondale and Brooklyn
At Licatesi Law Group, LLP, our personal injury lawyers understand that families have a lot to think about and manage after the sudden loss of a loved one. We have 40 years of experience handling wrongful death claims across New York, including the 5 boroughs and Long Island. We are prepared to seek justice on your behalf. Call or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Brooklyn or Uniondale office.