Long Island Accidental Death Lawyer
The unexpected passing of a loved one is always a difficult experience. It can be particularly challenging to cope with a loved one’s death if it resulted from the actions or negligence of others.
Nothing can fill the gap in your life completely when a close loved one dies. However, if a loved one’s death was the result of another party’s negligence, you may be able to alleviate the financial stress caused by their death by filing an accidental death lawsuit.
Are you a Long Islander who recently lost a family member? Do you have any reason to believe they would still be alive were it not for the wrongful actions of another party?
If so, contact Shulman & Hill. Our Long Island accidental death lawyers are prepared to help you recover any compensation you may be entitled to. To learn more, schedule your free legal evaluation today.
Examples of Long Island Accidental Death Cases
Accidental death cases involve deaths that occurred because another individual or group was unreasonably careless in some capacity. The following are merely a few examples of instances that may qualify as an accidental death:
- A speeding driver causes a car accident that results in another driver or pedestrian’s death.
- Someone died because a property owner or business owner failed to address or alert them to the presence of a hazard on the premises, such as a defective elevator.
- A nursing home resident passes away because the facility neglected their care by failing to administer essential medication as prescribed.
- An employee died because a general contractor failed to take steps to keep them safe, such as providing them with essential safety equipment.
That is by no means an exhaustive list. If you are unsure whether your loved one’s death provides you with grounds to seek compensation, review your case with a Long Island accidental death lawyer. One of our legal experts can review the circumstances of your loved one’s death to help determine if you may have justification to file a lawsuit.
When You Can Seek Compensation After a Loved One’s Accidental Death on Long Island
New York law requires the loved ones of deceased individuals to prove the circumstances of their deaths meet certain criteria in order to justify pursuing compensation. To recover compensation after your loved one’s passing, you must show that:
- Another party’s wrongful actions or negligence caused their death.
- Had they been injured, but not died, they would have had justification to file a personal injury lawsuit.
- Eligible parties close to the deceased (typically, their spouse, children, or parents) incurred losses as a result of their passing.
Pursuing justice and compensation after a loved one dies can be challenging for a number of reasons. Your odds of recovering compensation may be greater if you work with our Long Island personal injury law firm.
Compensation for After a Long Island Accidental Death
A variety of factors may influence what you can be compensated for after another party’s negligence caused your loved one’s untimely death.
You can typically be compensated for economic losses associated with an accidental death. For example, you may receive compensation for funeral costs, as well as for the loss of a loved one’s income.
If you are filing an accidental death lawsuit, you might also be eligible to receive compensation for non-economic losses. An example could be the loss of parental nurturing and guidance a spouse may have provided to your surviving children had your spouse lived.
Pursuing Compensation in a Long Island Accidental Death Case
The process of seeking compensation after a loved one dies because someone else was negligent generally involves the following steps:
- Determining whose negligence may have caused the accident: One of our accidental death lawyers can help you investigate the fatal accident to identify what may have caused it. If another party was at fault, they may be held financially responsible for your losses.
- Filing a lawsuit against the potentially liable party: This involves gathering supporting evidence that shows what their role was in the events that led to your loved one’s untimely death. This may include gathering surveillance footage, witness statements, police reports, medical reports, and more.
- Negotiating with the negligent party’s insurance company: Insurance can be a profit-driven business. Insurers often try to convince claimants to settle for less than their claims may be worth.
No honest attorney can guarantee you will receive a certain amount of compensation when you file an accidental death lawsuit, as each case is unique. However, our Long Island accidental death lawyers can promise that we will provide the aggressive representation you deserve to help you secure fair compensation.
The Role of an Accidental Death Law Firm for Long Island
It is wise to hire a Long Island accidental death attorney when seeking compensation for many reasons. We can help you pursue what you may be entitled to in the following essential ways:
It is often necessary to conduct an investigation to gather evidence proving a person’s death genuinely was the result of another party’s negligence. We have the resources needed to conduct such an investigation.
Handling the Litigation Process
You should be focused on your healing in the aftermath of a loved one’s passing. You should not add to your burdens by handling such tasks as corresponding with insurance adjusters, filing paperwork, and more. We will handle those tasks for you. This gives you more time to address the needs of your family.
Insurers may not be motivated to pay you when they believe they can avoid doing so. Even if an insurer does not deny your claim, they may still try to convince you to accept unreasonably low offers. We will help you identify such offers and negotiate for an appropriate settlement on your behalf.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
Our Long Island personal injury and accidental death lawyers at Shulman & Hill have successfully recovered over $200 million for our various clients over the years. We balance an aggressive approach when negotiating with a compassionate approach when working with our clients.
Learn more about what we can do for you and your family by calling us today at 516.613.3196 or contacting us online to schedule your free legal consultation.
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