The death of a loved one leaves a hole in your family that no amount of money could ever fill. However, if your loss was caused by the carelessness or malicious actions of someone else, a wrongful death attorney can help you achieve justice and collect the funds you need to begin rebuilding your life. Below are answers to some common questions asked about these complex cases.
Common Questions About Wrongful Death Claims Answered
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
Different states have different laws about who can file a wrongful death claim. Surviving family members may file a claim directly in many states, while New York State requires the personal representative of the victim’s estate to file.
What damages can you recover?
The damages vary widely, depending on the victim’s age, their occupation, and the circumstances surrounding their death. In addition to compensation for the costs of their medical treatment and burial, you may also be able to collect damages for their pain and suffering, lost lifetime wages, and the impact on the surviving family members.
Should I accept the insurance company’s offer?
To prevent expensive lawsuits, insurance companies often make initial offers immediately after an accident. However, these offers are almost always favorable to the insurance company, not the victim’s family. As with any personal injury case, it’s always better to speak with an attorney before talking to the insurance company.
How will a wrongful death attorney help?
A skilled wrongful death attorney will work to maximize your compensation and ensure the parties responsible for your loved one’s death are held accountable. The best law firms will know how to accurately calculate a fair settlement amount, build a case against the liable parties, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. If necessary, they will also file a lawsuit and fight for justice in court.
If you’ve lost a loved one to someone else’s negligence, the legal team at Klebanoff Attorneys have the expertise to fight for your rights and win. For over 35 years, they’ve represented accident victims throughout the five boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester County, NY, offering a level of service that exceeds their clients’ expectations. Learn more about their services online, get legal tips and insights by following them on Twitter, or call (516) 887-1266 to arrange a consultation with a wrongful death attorney.