Poughkeepsie Wrongful Death Lawyer
Wrongful death cases are civil actions against the party who is responsible
for the death of a loved one. Negligent actions or reckless behaviors
that result in the death of the victim are grounds for a wrongful death
action. Under common law, the wrongful death lawsuit must be filed by
the decedent's survivors.
The Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (EPTL) under the New York State Constitution
permits you to seek recovery for the painful experience associated with
a loved one's death. You can sue for pecuniary loss on behalf of the
individuals who would recover money from the estate. For experienced assistance
through this process, our
Hudson Valley personal injury attorneys can help you pursue your deserved compensation.
Pursuing Recovery for Wrongful Death
Unfortunately, the New York State's EPTL is quite narrow in terms of
the recovery allowed for wrongful death claims. Courts consider all reasonable
expenses for medical care, funeral expenses, loss of a parent's guidance
and training, and loss of financial support. In cases involving recklessness
or depravity, punitive damages can also be ordered against the offender.
Punitive damages are designed to serve as a form of punishment for the
offender, but they can also benefit the victim's family. We know the
factors that can affect your case and can help you pursue maximum recovery.
Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
Keep in mind that New York has a statute of limitations of two years for
wrongful death cases to be filed. Failure to file within this time frame
can damage the individual's chance of being able to recover compensation.
If you are suffering expenses and heartache associated with the loss of
a loved one to wrongful death, Michael R. Varble & Associates, P.C.
can help you pursue maximum compensation within the time limit. To speak
with our Hudson Valley wrongful death lawyers, schedule a
free case evaluation.