Losing a Loved One Due to Negligence: Your Legal Options and Path to Justice

The sudden loss of a loved one is devastating. When that loss is caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions, the pain and grief are often magnified by anger and a sense of injustice.

While nothing can truly heal the emotional wounds, understanding your legal options can help bring a measure of closure and accountability. Here’s what you need to know if you’ve lost a loved one due to negligence:

What is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death occurs when someone dies due to the legal fault of another person or entity. This can include car accidents, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, defective products, and more.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

In New York, typically the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit. This is usually a close family member, such as a spouse, child, or parent.

What Can You Recover in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

While no amount of money can replace your loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit can help families recover:

  • Economic Damages: Funeral and burial expenses, lost wages and benefits the deceased would have earned, medical expenses incurred before death.
  • Non-Economic Damages: Loss of companionship, love, support, and guidance.
  • Punitive Damages: In some cases, if the defendant’s actions were particularly egregious, punitive damages may be awarded to punish them and deter similar behavior.

Steps to Take After Losing a Loved One

  1. Gather Information: Collect any information related to the incident, including police reports, medical records, witness statements, photos, or videos.
  2. Seek Legal Counsel: Consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. They can guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and help you build a strong case.
  3. File a Claim: Your attorney will file a wrongful death claim with the responsible party’s insurance company or directly with the court.
  4. Negotiation or Trial: The case may be resolved through negotiation or proceed to trial, depending on the circumstances.

The Law Offices of Michael T. Ridge Can Help

At the Law Offices of Michael T. Ridge, we understand the immense pain and grief that comes with losing a loved one due to negligence. Our compassionate and experienced attorneys are dedicated to helping families seek justice and hold those responsible accountable.

We will fight tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve, allowing you to focus on healing and rebuilding your life.

Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, we encourage you to contact us for a free, confidential consultation. We’re here to listen, answer your questions, and provide the guidance and support you need during this difficult time.

Call us today at 1-800-843-2766 or visit our website to learn more.

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