Seek Help From a Wrongful Death Lawyer
When your loved one dies because of another’s reckless or negligent actions, it can be difficult to move forward from this tragedy and think about the future. Although nothing can bring back your cherished family member, financial compensation can help ease the burden of medical bills, lost wages, and other damages associated with the fatal incident. The Law Office of Carl Maltese can help you move forward after wrongful death by seeking liability from the responsible parties.
The Wrongful Death Compensation Process
Common incidents that can result in a wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including drunk driving accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Truck-related accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
In addition to the emotional void left by the death of a family member, surviving family members are often left with real and immediate financial issues. This is especially common when the person who died was the primary earner of the family and/or had limited life insurance coverage. Even when the family receives sufficient life insurance to support the household, however, they are nonetheless entitled to all damages legally recoverable from those causing death due to negligence. These damages often include:
- The present value of income that the decedent would have earned over the course of his or her lifetime, including likely raises, promotions, and bonuses
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Compensation for the loss of companionship that may be suffered by a spouse, children, and parents
- Certain expenses, such as medical bills and reasonable burial costs
- Coverage for other costs associated with the wrongful death incident
Proving Damages and Seeking Full Compensation
The specific damages that can be recovered depend on the unique circumstances surrounding the death of your loved one. Once we learn about the incident, we can explain what damages may be recoverable in your situation and how damages are determined. In New York, families must file a wrongful death lawsuit within a certain period of time. You should seek legal advice as soon as possible so we can gather evidence supporting your claim and negotiate on your behalf with the responsible party’s insurance company and attorneys.
Schedule a Free, No-Obligation Consultation
The Law Office of Carl Maltese can advise you on the legal process for seeking recovery once we understand the facts and circumstances of your case. We represent clients in wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay a fee until we successfully achieve an award or settlement. Call us at (631) 543-8811 to schedule an appointment at our office in Smithtown, NY, your home, or another convenient location for you.