Wrongful Death Lawsuits in New York City
The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to compensate surviving family members after a family member is killed in a fatal accident. Wrongful death lawsuits are most common in the following situations:
- Death resulting from an accident caused by another person's negligence (carelessness), as in a fatal car accident
- Death resulting from medical malpractice
- Death resulting from an intentional act, such as a deadly assault or homicide
The most important purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to compensate minor children for the loss of a father or mother to an untimely death. Although money can never fully compensate a child, the wrongful death lawsuit seeks to place a financial value on such losses as: the parent's earning power and the parent's guidance and care through the minor years. Similarly, a spouse or a parent may also bring a wrongful death lawsuit based on the loss of a husband, wife or child.
Deadline Within Which Legal Action Must Occur: Two Years
In New York state, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of the incident that caused the death. And while we recognize that a grieving family may not consider litigation in the immediate aftermath of a tragic loss, we encourage surviving family members — or a friend of the family — to seek early legal advice. Wrongful death lawsuits can take years to litigate, and early action can prevent or minimize the negative effects that the passage of time may have on witness memories or the availability of evidence to support the wrongful death claim.
Serious, Successful Wrongful Death Attorneys
At the New York City law firm of Andrew L. Weitz & Associates, P.C., we have decades of experience engaging in hard-fought battles to compensate surviving family members through wrongful death actions.
We take professional pride in our reputation in the legal community of New York City as forces to be reckoned with in complicated wrongful death lawsuits. Our record of achieving successful verdicts and settlements on behalf of bereft family members stands as a testament to our success for our clients.
Learn More About Andrew L. Weitz & Associates
We always welcome inquiries regarding our law firm's services, and we are happy to provide a complimentary case evaluation in any personal injury or wrongful death legal matter.
To schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers, call 212-553-9300 or 212-553-9300, or send us an e-mail.
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