Am I Eligible for a Wrongful Death Claim?
When you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal accident, you may know that someone was careless with their safety. You may even know someone has grounds for a lawsuit. But are you eligible for a wrongful death claim?
New York law limits who can sue for a wrongful death claim, so you’ll need to know before you file a lawsuit. Luckily, the lawyers at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can help you determine whether you’re eligible.
Who’s Eligible for a Wrongful Death Claim in New York City?
In many states, a family member can step in and sue on behalf of the deceased. But that’s not the case in New York. The only person who can sue for a wrongful death claim is the personal representative of the estate.
But that doesn’t mean you’ll be ineligible for compensation. The personal representative is supposed to seek compensation for the family, not just for themselves. If you’re an heir or beneficiary of the deceased, you may have grounds for compensation for your losses.
Compensation for NYC Families After a Wrongful Death
But what compensation are you due after losing a family member in a wrongful death accident? The answer depends on the expenses you’ve accrued because of their death. For example, as a spouse or close family member, you may have been left with their final medical bills, funeral costs, and burial expenses. Any financial damages like these should be included.
The biggest impact of a family loss is often intangible and emotional. For example, you may have suffered a loss of affection, guidance, and care that your loved one provided. You may need to speak with a wrongful death lawyer when calculating these non-economic damages.
Talk to a Wrongful Death Lawyer on Your Eligibility
After the loss of a loved one, you may be due compensation for their wrongful death. But how do you know if you’re eligible for a wrongful death claim? The easiest way to find out is to contact the lawyers at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP. They can review the details, starting with who can sue. To take advantage of a free consultation, call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or fill out the following online contact form.