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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 a maximum form of 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.

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