When people lose their loved ones as a result of someone else’s negligence or intentional conduct, they are often overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn. That said, if you’re reading this, you are in the right place. Our firm has decades of experience representing families of wrongful death victims, and we are here to put that experience to work for you in your case. Our team will do everything in our power to get you the justice you deserve. Contact a compassionate wrongful death lawyer from Zlotolow & Associates today so you can tell us your story and so we can get started fighting for you.
Nothing is worse than losing a loved one, especially in an incident that could have been altogether prevented. However, you should understand that if you are in this situation, there may be a path to legal recourse available, and a Long Island personal injury lawyer from our firm is here to provide it.
It is important to understand that not everyone impacted by the wrongful death of a loved one may lawfully bring a wrongful death claim in New York State. In fact, the only party who may file a wrongful death suit in NYS is the personal representative of the decedent’s estate (often referred to as the executor).
Of course, wrongful death can occur in virtually any circumstance. Auto accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and more all account for untimely deaths here in the United States. To win a wrongful death claim of any kind, however, you will need to prove that another person’s willful or negligent act was the direct cause of your loved one losing their life. This can be done through various forms of evidence, including pictures, videos, witness testimony, medical documentation, and more.
As long as you and your lawyer can prove that another party is directly responsible for your loved one’s death, and that had your loved one lived, they would have a valid personal injury claim, you should qualify for compensation. Compensation in a wrongful death claim may help you deal with the following, among other things:
The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in New York State is, typically, two years, meaning you will only have two years from the date of death to file your claim. That said, two exceptions are if the death was a result of medical malpractice, in which case the statute of limitations is 2.5 years, or if the individual who caused the death has a pending criminal case against them, in which case the statute of limitations is one year from the date of the conclusion of the criminal case.
Wrongful death cases are sensitive, heartbreaking matters that can affect families for years to come. That said, with a skilled and compassionate team of legal advocates in your corner, you may be able to hold the appropriate parties responsible and get the justice you deserve. Zlotolow & Associates is here to fight for you. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with our dedicated personal injury law firm.