Tragic accidents in New York City can result in the sudden and unexpected deaths of our loved ones. In the most populous city in the country, traffic accidents are a daily occurrence. While most motor vehicle accidents are simple “fender benders,” others are fatal. Likewise, when New York residents receive medical treatment, they don’t anticipate problems. However, each year in America thousands of people die due to medical malpractice. When a loved one dies due to another person’s negligence or recklessness, such as in a car accident or due to medical malpractice, New York residents need to understand their options in a potential wrongful death claim.

Many people are so saddened by the loss of a loved one in a tragic situation that they may not be thinking about potential legal options. That is understandable, as there is clearly no legal remedy that will undue the tragic loss. However, a wrongful death claim may be able to provide financial resources to help the surviving family members of the deceased loved one in many ways.

Another hurdle for some family members is that they believe a wrongful death case is too tough of a claim to pursue. In these types of cases, the surviving family members must prove that: 1) the defendant had a duty to the deceased person; 2) that duty was breached; 3) the actions or omissions of the defendant who had the duty were the actual cause of the deceased person’s death; and 4) the surviving family members suffered loss due to the death.

At our law firm, we work with families in New York who are dealing with the tragic aftermath of the sudden death of a family member. For more information about how we might be able to help in your case, please visit the wrongful death overview section of our law firm’s website.