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Representing Families From New York After A Wrongful Death

The loss of a loved one is devastating. When that loss was due to negligence and could have been avoided, it compounds the pain and suffering caused to the family left behind. Often, the thought of legal action is set aside by the overwhelming emotional turmoil. Understandably, families are focused on mourning. That said, the loss of a parent or companion can take an enormous financial toll on the family’s future. The loss of the person’s income and contribution to the everyday life of the family can leave the bereaved in a burdened situation. Wrongful death laws and procedures are complicated.

When a family needs to take legal action against a negligent party with a wrongful death case, they should consult with a compassionate attorney that can effectively represent them. The Law Office of Raji S. Zeidan, PC, is an experienced law firm that represents families who suffer a loss because of negligence. If you need a law firm to help you navigate these waters, please contact our firm for a consultation.

Filing A Wrongful Death Claim

According to the New York Estates, Powers, and Trust Laws, the legal representative of the estate is the one that can act for the family. If the subject died without a will, the estate administrator will the legal representative. If a will existed, the named executor would be the individual to act. This person has two years to file a wrongful death claim from the date of death.

Recoverable Damages

The New York Estates, Powers, and Trust Law governs the right of the family to recover damages for wrongful death and the compensation allowed by law. These can include:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Economic loss for the surviving spouse and children
  • Loss of services
  • Loss of parental care and guidance
  • Funeral expenses
  • The decedent’s conscious pain and suffering because of the accident
  • Lost inheritance for beneficiaries if the person lived a full life
  • 9% interest on the award for damages calculated from the deceased’s date of death

Contact A Dutchess County Law Firm

The Law Office of Raji S. Zeidan, PC, is an experienced law firm serving people from Dutchess and Ulster County affected by the wrongful death of a family member. Our compassionate firm will fight for you and your family. If you have lost a loved one, it is important to think about the effect on your future. Contact our firm to discuss this matter and explore your legal options. For a consultation, contact The Law Office of Raji S. Zeidan, PC by calling 845-233-6704 or filling out our online contact form.