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Recoverable damages in wrongful death lawsuits in New York

To lose a loved one unexpectedly in New York City is a tragedy, no matter the circumstances. However, the grief associated with such a loss may be compounded even further if it is believed that the actions of another (whether they be intentional or not) contributed to the event. Those impacted may feel justified in initiating a wrongful death action against the person or parties they believe to be responsible. The question then becomes how much may they reasonably expect to recover.

An overview of mesothelioma cases

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that damages the lining of internal organs, for instance, the lungs, stomach, and heart. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease, only medication that can mitigate the side-effects. Mesothelioma primarily develops in people who were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis. This post will go over how you may recover damages for the death of your loved one due to mesothelioma.

Some common questions with wrongful death suits

Wrongful death suits, like many things in the legal world, are not entirely intuitive. There are many restrictions on who can bring these suits, what damages are recoverable, what claims you can add to the suit and other issues. This post will go over some of the questions inherent to wrongful death suits and, hopefully, bring some clarity to these complex problems.

Anton Yelchin's parents plan to file wrongful death suit

Anton Yelchin, the actor famous for playing Chekov in the 'Star Trek' reboot among other movies was tragically killed June 19th after his Jeep Cherokee rolled backward into him, pinning him between a brick pillar and security fence. Since that time, his family has remained mostly silent regarding his death until they announced this week that they plan to pursue a wrongful death claim against Fiat Chrysler, car manufacturer ZF North American and car dealership chain AutoNation for the death of their son.

Wrongful death lawsuit after fatal club shooting

It seems that fatal shootings are becoming increasingly commonplace. Every week there is a new headline discussing the latest shooting or mass murder. Unfortunately, in Florida, a rising basketball star was gunned down after exiting a club. He received treatment at the local hospital. Sadly, he passed away. His family sent letters to the club owners notifying them of their intention to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Compensation for wrongful death actions

The problem with wrongful death actions is that there are no injuries for which compensation can be granted, like a broken arm or concussion. And there is no direct witness that can attest to the pain and suffering they felt. When these two classic ways of establishing damages are absent, courts and juries must look to other methods to determine appropriate compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. This is referred to as determining the value of the victim's life. It is an unpleasant but necessary task in order to resolve these disputes.

Wrongful death suits can give voice to victims

There are many situations in life that can throw us into an emotional tailspin. But losing a loved one unexpectedly may be the most difficult event we could ever have to endure. And if that loss was due to the negligence or wrongful act of another, we are right to expect answers and accountability. One way to hold a responsible party accountable is by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Pedestrians vulnerable to fatal injuries if struck on interstates

It is never ideal for a pedestrian to be walking near a busy interstate. With all the cars and trucks whizzing by at high rates of speed, pedestrians are especially vulnerable on an interstate. Interstates are constructed to allow the rapid movement of motor vehicles; they are not meant to accommodate an abundance of pedestrian traffic. A pedestrian could easily be fatally injured if hit by a truck or car moving at highway speeds. And in fact, over 10 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents occur on interstates.

Can physician-patient privilege be waived?

Every year in New York, people die in tragic and preventable accidents. Sadly, no matter how carefully you go through life, you could still be at risk. It only takes one person's mistake to cause chaos for everyone, and you could find yourself facing serious injuries or worse. This in turn may leave you unable to return to work for a while or fighting with excessive medical bills.

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