New York City Wrongful Death Attorneys
Millions Recovered for Clients in the Bronx, Queens & Brooklyn
Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices represents families who have suffered the untimely loss of a family member in a preventable accident. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, families may be able to recover compensation from the responsible party. While no amount of money can ever make a situation such as this right, it can help offset the cost of unexpected medical expenses and funeral and burial costs.
We understand how difficult this time is for you and your family and want you to know that we are here to help in any way possible. We invite you to contact our firm to set up a free evaluation of your case to talk about your legal options.
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What is Considered a Wrongful Death?
When someone passes away before their time, it is always tragic. However, there are specific definitions that must be applied when determining if an accidental or unexpected death was really a “wrongful death.” In New York, wrongful death is defined as death that has been caused by a wrongful or neglectful act of another person that could have been answered with a personal injury claim had the victim survived. Because the victim did not survive, certain parties close to the deceased can pursue a wrongful death claim instead.
Who Can Sue For Wrongful Death?
When a loved one dies in New York as a result of another person’s wrongful action (or inaction), certain people have the right to seek compensation in what is essentially a personal injury lawsuit on the deceased person’s behalf.
According to New York statute, the personal representative of the decedent's estate may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of:
- A spouse of the decedent
- A parent of the decedent
- A child of the decedent
- Other named beneficiaries of the decedent
This individual, the person named as representative of the estate, is the only one who can file a wrongful death claim. They are filing, however, to seek damages for losses suffered by the beneficiaries and heirs of the decedent. Generally, siblings and cousins of a decedent also have the right to pursue a wrongful death case in New York, unless they have also been named as the guardian or personal representative of the decedent.
What Types of Damages are Recoverable in Wrongful Death Lawsuits?
Wrongful death claims typically seek the following damages:
- Medical and funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering of the deceased
- The victim’s future earning and benefits
- Lost inheritance
- Mental anguish
- Possible punitive damages
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?
Many people hesitate to hire a wrongful death attorney because they worry that they can’t afford to hire a legal professional. Please rest assured in knowing that our NYC wrongful death lawyers offer contingency fees for these case types. Under a contingency fee agreement, you don’t have to pay our attorney fees unless your case ends with a settlement or award in your favor. The amount that we are paid when we win a wrongful death claim is equal to a percentage of our client’s winning, too, which means that you can always afford our attorney fees. Don’t forget that your first consultation with our firm is free!
We Are Available 24/7 to Take Your Call
There is a two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in New York, so do not wait to contact Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices to speak with an attorney. Our compassionate team stands ready to fight for the compensation you and your family deserve.