If you have had a loved one die due to the careless acts or negligent manner of another individual or a company, you may be able to bring a claim for wrongful death on the behalf of your deceased family member. 

However, a wrongful death lawsuit is a very complex legal claim that will be very difficult to undertake at a time of significant grief and sorrow.  You will need compassionate and experienced legal representation. The lawyers at Greenberg and Greenberg will be able to guide you through the legal process and represent you in a New York wrongful death lawsuit.

When an individual’s death is caused by another person or a company, a wrongful death claim can be brought.  Regardless of whether their actions were intentional or negligent; if their action were the cause of the death of another person, they may be liable in a wrongful death lawsuit.  A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action for the financial compensation for the deceased person’s family. 

According to New York’s wrongful death laws, a relative of the deceased can bring a claim for wrongful death.  Usually it is the spouse who brings the claim, but it may also be brought by other relatives such as a parent or child.  Wrongful death settlements usually compensate claimants for the loss of support they would have had if their family member had not been killed.  However, the monetary amount can vary widely.  Due to this, it is important that a family member hire an experienced New York wrongful death attorney to guide you through the process and ensure that you receive the maximum settlement you are entitled to.

Many different types of accidents or negligence lead to claims for wrongful death in New York, motor vehicle accidents being the most common.  A driver who has been injured in a car accident due to another person’s negligence has the right to sue the defendant driver for compensation for pain and suffering.  The drivers’ insurance company usually pays this settlement. The same type of claim can occur in wrongful death actions.  If a person has been killed in a car crash resulting from another driver’s careless manner in the operation of their care, the family of the deceased accident victim can bring a wrongful death claim against the other motorist.  However, accidents do not just occur in automobiles on the road.  There are claims for wrongful death for construction accidents and other workplace accidents that result in the death of a worker. 

Falls are the leading cause of death for construction employees, but there are also many other hazards faced by construction workers.  If your loved one has been killed in a vehicle accident or in a construction accident, you should contact an attorney about potential wrongful death damages. 

Professional negligence in hospitals and other medical settings can cause the death of a patient.  This is called medical malpractice.  Medical malpractice covers many different areas of negligence, from misdiagnosis, to botched surgical procedures, to failure to respond to patients who are in nursing homes.  Medical malpractice can also lead to the death of a patient who was receiving care.  Fatal injuries can also be caused by pharmaceutical products and medical devices. 

The companies who design and manufacture certain medical products often fail to notify the users about any serious side effects or defects in their products.  If you have had a loved one die in a medical setting due to medical malpractice or defective drugs, you should contact an attorney at Greenberg and Greenberg as soon as possible because you have a limited time frame to file a wrongful death suit.

How New York Wrongful Death Litigation Can Help

New York’s statute of limitations limits the time during which a wrongful death lawsuit can be brought to two years.  In general, any claim for wrongful death must be brought within two years of the victim’s death.  Contact Greenberg and Greenberg to ensure that your claim is filed in time.

If your loved one has recently died, you will need a law firm that understands your pain and grief.  Filing a lawsuit is probably the farthest thing from your mind after losing a family member as your grief and the personal affairs that need to be attended to will often overwhelm your thoughts.  For these reasons, it is important to have an experienced wrongful death law firm at your side. 

The parties responsible for the death need to be held accountable, whether for negligent driving, negligent medical care, or lack of safety on a work site.  A lawsuit can help compensate your family and help ensure that such an accident does not happen to another family.  No amount of money will ever replace your loved one, but the law recognizes that it is fair and just that your family be compensated for your loss.

The Hudson wrongful death attorneys at Greenberg and Greenberg handle cases throughout New York State, including Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, and Albany County.  Our legal team has earned a reputation for dedicated service to our clients injured in New York personal injury accidents.  Please contact us today to receive a case evaluation by dialing locally to 518-828-3336 or call toll free at 877-469-9300.