Losing a loved one due to someone’s negligence is a tragic and devastating experience no one should have to experience. Dealing with the claim process can make this time even more emotionally intense. With our caring Babylon personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, you do not have to go through it alone. We are here to support you every step of the way by handling all aspects of your claim so that you can focus on your family.
With over 100 years of collective experience, we have helped many wrongful death victims fight for their rights and achieve the compensation they deserve for their heartbreaking loss. Our Babylon attorneys listen to your story and document essential details to create a personalized plan tailored to your needs and circumstances. This gives you the peace of mind that your claim is in trustworthy hands. We understand the sensitive nature of wrongful death claims, so we treat yours with the care and respect it deserves to help take the weight off your shoulders.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in New York?
If your loved one tragically passes due to another person’s negligence, you have the right to file a claim and seek compensation for the damages you suffered. However, New York law only allows certain parties to file, which include the following:
- The decedent’s child
- The decedent’s parent
- The decedent’s spouse
- A personal representative of the estate
If there is no spouse, child, or parent, and they are named in the decedent’s will as a personal representative, siblings, and cousins may file a wrongful death claim. However, the court typically names a personal representative in these cases. Whoever is named the estate’s representative has a time limit from the date of the decedent’s death to file the claim. We understand this can seem daunting, so we can help you ensure the claim is filed properly and within this time frame, so you can take advantage of your opportunity to fight for your rights.
Proving Fault in Babylon Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death occurs when someone neglects their duty to care for others’ safety and causes injuries. As someone filing a wrongful death claim, you are responsible for proving this negligence by presenting evidence of the following points:
- The deceased passed away.
- The liable party owed your loved one a duty of care.
- They neglected this duty of care by acting irresponsibly.
- This negligence directly caused your loved one’s death.
- You and your family suffered damages.
We understand this can seem intimidating, but we can help you collect and analyze evidence to prove these points and achieve the compensation you deserve. Potential information that may demonstrate fault includes the following:
- Death certificate
- Autopsy report
- Police reports
- Witness testimony
- Videos and photos
- Medical records
- Personal statements
- Pay stubs and tax returns
- Medical bills
Our skilled and detailed wrongful death lawyers consider every detail when gathering evidence for your claim. We act quickly to prevent critical witnesses from becoming unavailable and evidence from getting lost or degrading with time.
What Damages Can You Recover for Wrongful Death in New York?
In addition to the emotional toll losing a loved one can have on you and your family, it can also cause financial concerns. Our Babylon lawyers understand these concerns and do everything possible to recover total compensation for your losses. Depending on the details of your claim, you may recover the following costs:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral costs
- The decedent’s lost wages and future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companion, parental guidance, and support
- Loss of services
While we understand money cannot make up for your loss, we strive to achieve full compensation by accurately calculating your claim’s worth. Unfortunately, insurance companies and prosecutors do everything they can to undermine your claim to get you to settle for an unfair settlement. Our seasoned injury lawyers understand these tactics and fight tirelessly when negotiating on your behalf. While we try to settle your claim outside of court, we are prepared to go to trial if necessary.
Schedule a Consultation With a Compassionate Babylon Wrongful Death Lawyer at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe
Dealing with the legal process after tragically losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence takes a lot of strength, but you don’t have to do it alone. The wrongful death attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe are here to handle every aspect of your case while you take the time you need to grieve and be with your family. From gathering evidence and filing your claim to negotiating with insurance companies, you can trust us to give your claim careful attention.
We have proudly represented wrongful death victims in Babylon for many years, giving us the skills, knowledge, and resources to take on your claim, regardless of your circumstances. Our professional team understands that every case is different, so our law partners, Stephen Cohen and Richard Jaffe, work with you directly to develop a legal plan based on your needs and objectives. We communicate openly and honestly to give you a complete understanding of the claims process and your legal options to secure a fair settlement. Give us a call at 516-358-6900 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation today. To learn more about our services and team, visit and subscribe to our Cohen & Jaffe YouTube Channel.
For a free legal consultation with a wrongful death lawyer serving Babylon, call 516-358-6900