In New York, accidents happen every day. However, all too many of these incidents are preventable, and in many cases the cause is a product that has malfunctioned. At best, this can be frustrating, but at worst, it can cause serious injuries or even death. These tragic accidents are all too common, leaving families with a sudden void, wondering how to move forward.

Although no amount of compensation can ever make up for the loss of someone you care about, if their death was caused by someone else’s actions or a problem with a product, then you may be able to make a wrongful death claim. Bereavement can often come with a great number of expenses, so a successful claim could be beneficial. Furthermore, seeking justice for your loved one may enable you to gain at least some closure.

However, as this article on personal injury explains, it is possible that your claim could be affected by the age of the product that harmed you. In some states, there is legislation in place often referred to as statutes of repose. Under these statutes, when an item has reached a particular age, product liability claims concerning it are prohibited.

Whatever the case, if you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by a defective product or another person’s negligence, you might benefit from the support of an attorney. He or she can weigh up the details of your case and may be able to help you secure the remuneration you deserve. It can be difficult to navigate the legal process alone, but with the right guidance you can pursue a fair settlement which may help to ease the financial burden of your loss.