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How can legal counsel help with a wrongful death lawsuit?

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2017 | Wrongful Death

When any New York family loses a loved one in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, they will likely not only suffer an emotional loss, but they could also face financial instability. They might have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. However, the legal process is a challenging one, and establishing negligence and building a strong case might be best done with the help of a skillful and reputable attorney.

An attorney can make sure medical documents and witness statements are preserved and determine who was at fault to identify the responsible parties to name as defendants. A lawyer can also be the voice of the deceased person to tell his or her story about the accident accurately. Furthermore, the attorney can manage dealings with the insurance company — which will likely attempt to get out of paying anything to the surviving family members.

In building the case, an attorney can interview witnesses and make sure no detail of their statements are left unrecorded. This will likely be best done immediately following the accident before memories fade to ensure the preservation of accurate eyewitness accounts. There could be long delays before such a case goes to court, and it is essential that witness’ reports corroborate the case of the plaintiff.

An experienced New York wrongful death attorney can provide the necessary guidance and support and help the surviving family members to recover both financial and emotional damages. These could include medical and end-of-life expenses and lost income along with emotional damages such as pain and suffering. Financial losses can also include loss of future earnings and inheritances.

Source:, “Automobile Accidents and Wrongful Death“, Accessed on Dec. 22, 2017


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