3 Common Questions About Wrongful Death

Was someone you love killed due to the negligence of another party? Read these 3 common questions about wrongful death to learn how you can file claims in New York.

1. What is a wrongful death claim?

I got a call the other day from a new client. A woman had called; her husband was killed in a very bad accident. She wanted to know what claims she had. I said, “Your husband has what’s called a claim for conscious pain and suffering. There is also what’s called a wrongful death claim.” The wrongful death claim is filed on behalf of the estate and it’s for the benefit of those that her husband supported. There are very complicated issues involved in pursuing wrongful death claims. If you have a wrongful death claim, or you believe you do, my recommendation is that you contact this office and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

2. How do I pick the best attorney for a wrongful death claim?

If you’re here, chances are someone you cared about was killed because of the carelessness or negligence of others. One of the questions that you may have is, “How do I know who to retain to represent my interests and pursue a claim against the ones that caused the accident and death of my loved one?” You want an attorney that has experience in personal injury litigation and wrongful death litigation. You want an attorney that you feel comfortable with. You want to sit down with the attorney and ask the attorney questions. You want to find out if that attorney has handled the type of case that you have. You also want to look at the size of the firm. Is it a big firm? Is it a mid-sized firm? You want to make sure that you’ll have access to the attorney. A lot of times, a firm will assign a paralegal or a legal assistant to a particular client and when the client calls, the client doesn’t speak with the attorney, but the client speaks with a paralegal. You want to make sure that the firm that you retain is a firm that’s going to give you access to the attorney handling your case.

3. How much does it cost to pursue a wrongful death claim?

If you’re here, chances are a loved one was killed because of the carelessness of someone else, and you’re wondering who is going to pay the cost of litigating a case against the ones that caused the death of your loved one. The good news is that the attorney’s office that you retain, is going to pay the expenses to prosecute the case and will only get paid if the attorney is able to get a recovery on behalf of the estate.

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Did you lose a loved one due to the negligence of another and need more answers aside from our 3 common questions about wrongful death? Contact a New York wrongful death lawyer at The Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.

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