Losing a loved one can carry heavy emotional and financial burdens. If someone you love has been killed due to someone else’s negligence, you may feel emotionally exhausted and overwhelmed when considering your next steps. If you lost a loved one due to another person’s negligent behavior, contact a highly-qualified wrongful death lawyer at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe.
We understand how challenging this process can be for you and your family. With the help of our experienced team, we can help you navigate New York’s complex legal system and answer any questions you may have along the way. Our attorneys are committed to ensuring you have the resources to mourn your loved one properly. While wrongful death compensation cannot erase your pain, it may be able to help ease the financial burdens so you can focus on your and your family’s emotional well-being.
Types of Accidents That Can Result in a Wrongful Death
Unfortunately, any type of serious accident can result in tragedy. While every wrongful death case is different, many fatalities result from these common accidents:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Subway accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Premises liability accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Boating accidents
If you lost a loved one due to one of the above accidents or another caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated for the pain and suffering you have endured. An experienced wrongful death attorney can review every aspect of your case to investigate the accident and help you pursue the damages you are owed.
Damages You May Be Eligible to Recover Through a Wrongful Death Claim
Damages are the legal term for the financial compensation you may be eligible to recover through a claim or lawsuit. The damages you may be able to recover can vary depending on the nature of the accident and the facts of the case. In most cases, the damages you may be eligible to collect fall into the following categories:
- Economic Damages: These include financial losses caused by the accident and subsequent death, such as medical expenses, final expenses, lost income, property damages, and more.
- Non-Economic Damages: These damages are designed to financially compensate the victims’ families for their pain, suffering, grief, and other intangible losses.
- Punitive Damages: Punitive damages are awarded to deter or punish the responsible party if their actions were incredibly negligent, careless, or reckless.
While pursuing a claim or lawsuit cannot bring back your loved one, it may be able to provide you with financial stability and peace of mind during this period of upheaval. At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, our attorneys will fight tirelessly so that you may receive the maximum amount of compensation available for your losses.
How Long Do You Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Long Island?
A wrongful death claim or lawsuit must be filed within the legal time limit known as the statute of limitations. In most cases, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in New York is two years from the time of the victim’s death.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Some factors that may alter the statute of limitations in a wrongful death case include:
- If your loved one’s death resulted from medical malpractice, you would have two years and six months to bring a claim forward.
- If the person at fault for the accident has a criminal case pending against them about the accident, you would have one year to file a claim after the criminal case comes to a close.
The laws surrounding wrongful death claims are incredibly complex and are subject to change at any time. If you are considering pursuing a wrongful death claim in Long Island, it is in your best interest to speak to a trusted wrongful death attorney. Like those from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, a seasoned lawyer knows the ins and outs of New York state law and will apply their expertise to achieve a favorable outcome for your case.
Consult With an Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyer at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe
No amount of money could ever replace your lost loved one, but it may be able to help relieve your financial worries and pursue justice. Let us help you recover some of your losses. The legal experts at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe are committed to making the claims process as easy as possible during this trying time. Our experience and compassion allow us to take a personalized approach to every case to ensure each of our clients gets top-notch legal representation.
Our attorneys have 100 years of combined experience helping their clients in Long Island achieve favorable outcomes for their cases. To learn more about how we can help you and your family, call us at (866) 924-1787 or reach out through our contact form today.
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