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Wrongful death claims often follow fatal car accidents

Two people lost their lives after suffering fatal injuries in an upstate New York crash on a recent Friday. Such circumstances often lead to wrongful death lawsuits in which negligence must be proved. In this case, the ongoing investigation might determine which driver was at fault.

Wills and trusts can show you care for those you leave behind

While some New York residents choose to show their love on Valentine's Day with roses and chocolates, estate planning advisers suggest different ways to express their care for those who will be left behind after their deaths. Establishing wills and trusts, if done with care, can save loved ones having to figure out what the deceased person's wishes were. Death can occur at any time, as underscored by the recent death of Kobe Bryant, and it is never too early to attend to estate planning.

Car accidents: The type of crash will determine the injury type

According to an analysis of data collected by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, head-on collisions cause more than half of all traffic fatalities. When it comes to injuries, rollover car accidents nationwide, including in New York, are the most dangerous type of crash. IIHS says the kind of accident usually determines the type of injuries that vehicle occupants will suffer.

5-year-old's injuries lead to medical malpractice claim

Health care providers in New York and across the country have rules by which they care and treat patients, known as the standard of care. Claims of medical malpractice or negligence are typically based upon al alleged breach of that standard. If a substandard level of care caused harm to patients, medical care providers might be held responsible.

After brain injury the victim's life might never be normal again

Recovering and getting back to normal are the primary goals for most people who were victims of accidents of any kind. Recovering damages is also typically the reason for civil lawsuits filed in New York by victims of the negligence of others. After all, paying for the best medical care and getting back to work is usually what people need to get their lives back on track. Unfortunately, a traumatic brain injury might prevent a victim from ever living life as he or she did before the accident.

Wills and trusts to provide for a special needs child

According to financial advisers, the sooner parents in New York and elsewhere learn about the special needs of their child, the sooner they can start planning to ensure the child's financial future is protected. Too many parents think this matter can be addressed in their wills. However, they may not realize that inheritance to cover the child's unique needs might disqualify the child from receiving government grants and benefits.

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