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New York Wrongful Death Lawyer

Legally Reviewed By: Jud Waltman

When you’ve lost someone you love, no matter the circumstances of their passing, you and your family need time to grieve and heal. You may be facing not just emotional trauma but also significant financial difficulties. When death results from reckless, careless, or negligent actions on the part of another party, those actions merit accountability and justice.

A wrongful death is a death that occurred through negligence or misconduct on the part of another party. A New York wrongful death lawyer can help you pursue a case against that party, handling all of the details of your case.

Wrongful death lawsuits allow you to lawfully express your pain and pursue justice, holding those responsible accountable for their actions. At The Lanier Law Firm, we offer compassionate representation for families who have experienced this kind of loss. We’ll identify the person or persons who may be liable for the death of your loved one, filing multiple claims if needed. 

We seek compensation on your behalf to cover funeral expenses, any medical bills incurred after the accident, and the emotional distress you and your family suffered.

A wrongful death case can also ensure that the party or parties responsible don’t engage in reckless or negligent actions in the future. We seek precedent-setting verdicts and pursue punitive damages against negligent corporations and other organizations.

What is the definition of a wrongful death claim?

A wrongful death claim is defined as a civil action against someone who can be held responsible for the death of another. These claims are not criminal matters, so the defendant may not face criminal charges, although the state or federal government may seek separate criminal charges against the individuals involved. Wrongful death suits are intended to financially compensate the surviving family members or other approved parties for the loss of their loved one.

Wrongful deaths can occur from a traffic accident, defective products, workplace accidents, or medical malpractice or treatment errors. If another party created dangerous conditions that led to your loved one’s accident, then they deserve to be held responsible.

a car flipped on its side after an accident

If Your Loved One Died Because of an Accident Caused by Someone Else, You May Be Eligible to Receive Compensation

In some cases, the other party involved in the accident, whether it’s another driver on the road, your loved one’s employer, a medical provider, or the manufacturer of a defective product, may claim they aren’t responsible because your loved one caused the accident. Determining the facts surrounding the case can help assign responsibility.

We also keep up to date on any changes to New York wrongful death laws and ensure that we file the correct documents on time and with supporting evidence. When you’ve lost your loved one because of someone else, you need a legal advocate on your side to help you seek justice.

Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases

Wrongful death cases can be pursued any time that someone dies due to the negligence of another party. Typical categories of wrongful death cases include: