New York Wrongful Death Attorneys: Tacopina & Arnold
New York personal injury attorneys Joseph Tacopina and Rosemarie Arnold have helped numerous families dealing with the wrongful death of a loved one. With years of litigation experience, Tacopina & Arnold have protected the rights and best interests of countless clients throughout the state of New York. When you work with Tacopina & Arnold, you can be assured that you are retaining the services of knowledgeable, qualified attorneys who are well-respected within the legal community.
Wrongful Death Overview
Wrongful death is legally defined as a death that is caused by the negligence, recklessness, or misconduct of a person, company, or entity. When a person wrongfully dies due to third party negligence, the family of the decedent can file a wrongful death claim against the party at fault. A wrongful death claim allows the family to recover monetary damages for the decedent’s medical expenses and funeral costs. In cases where the lost loved one was the primary financial provider, the family may seek compensation for lost future income. Families may also seek compensation for lost emotional support and pain and suffering.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in New York
A wrongful death claim is usually filed by the spouse, children, or parents of the decedent. In cases where there is not a surviving spouse, child, or parent, the administrator of the decedent’s estate may be allowed to file a wrongful death claim. In most states, the person filing the wrongful death claim must be at least 18 years of age.
When a person decides to file a wrongful death claim, the best thing he/she can do is seek the counsel of a skilled New York attorney. Cases of wrongful death tend to involve complicated legal issues and complex statutes of limitations. Without proper legal representation, families may make critical, costly errors while filing their claim. A practiced wrongful death attorney can negotiate settlements on your behalf, protect your best interests, and ensure that your claim is handled in a timely and correct manner.
Wrongful Death Damages: Pecuniary vs. Consortium
If a wrongful death claim is successful, the filing party may be awarded two separate types of damages. Pecuniary damages are awarded for lost future income. Pecuniary damages are commonly awarded in cases where the decedent was the primary financial provider. The other type of damages is referred to as Consortium. Consortium damages are awarded for the loss of companionship of a spouse or parental guidance and support for a child.
New York Wrongful Death Law Firm
Losing a loved one is never easy, especially in situations where wrongful death was the cause. Families coping with a wrongful death should be allowed to grieve without having to worry about repaying medical bills or covering lost income expenses.
If you have lost a loved one due to wrongful death, contact our reputable personal injury attorneys. We can discuss your case with you and help you get through this emotionally challenging time.
The Law Firm of Tacopina & Arnold proudly serves clients throughout New York and New Jersey, including Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, and New York City.
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