Our team wants to help your family in this difficult time. You can retain a Queens lawyer with our firm to help you with your wrongful death case. You do not have to take this on all by yourself.
The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLC is here to listen and plan your fight for a fair award. We serve New Yorkers in the NYC area and Queens, Suffolk, and Nassau Counties.
How a Lawyer Could Help You in This Situation
You do not need to spend your time poring over paperwork right now. Hiring a lawyer from our firm could allow you to spend time with your family. Instead of devoting your energy to trying to secure justice, we can do this for you.
When handling your case, our team will:
Valuate Your Damages
Your loved one’s medical bills, the cost of burial and funeral services, and the loss of your loved one’s income are fairly straightforward. You can add up the totals of your receipts to get the economic cost of these losses. However, your intangible losses could also qualify you for compensation. These non-economic damages may include your loss of consortium, support, and guidance.
Our team can speak with you about how your family member’s loss has affected your life and how you expect it to affect you in the future. We aim for you to suffer no further losses as a result of the accident.
Hunt for Evidence That Affirms Your Claim
We can explore all angles of your case. If your loved one’s passing was due to negligence, we will look for proof. This might require us to visit the scene of the negligent action or inaction.
For example, we can travel to:
- An intersection where a car accident occurred
- A city park that lacked proper maintenance and caused your family member to fall
- A property where a slip and fall occurred
- A nursing home where the staff neglected or abused your family member
- A medical facility that did not treat your loved one with care
We could find documents, details in an eyewitness’s testimony, or physical evidence of the accident or injury that led to your loved one’s death and help your case.
Handle All Negotiations with the Insurance Company
We can intercept all calls you get from the adjusters. You should not have to justify your eligibility for damages by detailing your loss over and over again.
We will work with the insurer to seek a fair settlement for you. Insurance companies may underpay or deny claimants to keep costs down. A wrongful death lawyer from our firm will fight for you if this happens. You do not want to accept an initial settlement that does not fairly cover your losses.
The Process of a Wrongful Death Case in Queens
Your case will begin when you retain our services. We will take a look at your case and analyze all opportunities for compensation that could benefit you. We will evaluate your losses and add up your case’s total value. A lawyer with our firm will search for evidence to support your demand letter to the insurer.
The Negotiation Process
We hope that the insurance company will pay out your claim at the value you deserve. However, they may offer a lower amount. We will negotiate for a fair settlement while keeping an eye on the statute of limitations, should you need to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Filing a Lawsuit
If the insurance company does not fairly value your case, we can file a wrongful death lawsuit for damages. We may continue to negotiate after we file.
The American Bar Association reports that most cases result in a settlement before they reach court. However, some do not. We can argue your right to damages in court before a judge or jury in the hopes of winning an award.
Paying Your Lawyer
You do not have to pay us for us to start working for you. Our fee will be a percentage of the settlement or judgment we win for you. Some lawyers make you pay upfront or by the hour. This is not the case with the Law Offices of Cohen & Jaffe, LLC.
New York State Laws That Could Prove Relevant in Your Case
No one expects you to be able to become intimately familiar with the law while mourning a loss. Let us utilize our knowledge and experience to your benefit. For instance, certain laws might affect you, like:
The Comparative Negligence Law
Bearing partial fault does not disqualify someone from collecting damages. This applies to decedents in wrongful death cases, as well. NY CVP § 1411 states that an accident victim’s potential to recover compensation is proportionate to their fault.
The Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death Cases
NY CVP § 214 limits how long you have to file your lawsuit to three years after the passing of your loved one (or your discovery of their passing). There are ways to extend this time frame, but they are only applicable in specific situations. You can speak to us about this during your free consultation.
Retain the Help of the Law Offices of Cohen & Jaffe, LLC
When you call us, you reach a team member who wants to understand the full scope of your case. You might not feel comfortable discussing your loved one’s passing yet, but we encourage you to call as soon as possible. The fact that you have a limited time to file a lawsuit is not the only reason you should act swiftly.
Any hesitation to seek compensation may enable an insurance company to argue that your losses are not as life-altering as you claim. Do not give them this opportunity.
Reach out to the Law Offices of Cohen & Jaffe, LLC at (516) 358-6900. We are ready to discuss how our wrongful death lawyer could help you after your loved one passes due to negligence in a Queens accident. Our initial consultations are free to all prospective clients. Speak with our team to see what your options are.
For a free legal consultation with a wrongful death lawyer serving Queens, call 516-358-6900