When it comes to personal injuries, few events are as heart-wrenching and consequential as wrongful death. The aftermath leaves a trail of questions, pain, and often financial uncertainties. Seeking legal advice in such times is essential. That’s where The Saul Law Firm steps in. 

We are well-versed in the complexities of wrongful death cases and have a proven history of vigorously representing clients throughout Long Island & New York City. Partnering with us means having a compassionate ally in your corner during this challenging time. Call today for a confidential, no-cost consultation. 

What Is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death refers to a situation in which a person’s death is directly attributable to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party. Whether it’s due to medical malpractice, a car accident, or other misconduct, the loss felt by the deceased’s family is profound. 

Wrongful death is distinct from other personal injuries in that the ultimate consequence is a loss of life. Whereas personal injury cases often deal with harm or injury where victims can seek compensation for pain, suffering, or financial loss, wrongful death cases seek redress for the survivors of the deceased. 

In short, while personal injury claims protect the rights of the living injured party, wrongful death claims advocate for the rights of surviving beneficiaries, representing the voice and interests of someone tragically silenced.

New York & Long Island Wrongful Death Attorneys at the Saul Law Firm

Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Garden City

The circumstances leading to wrongful deaths can be varied, but some of the most common causes include:

  • Vehicle accidents – Whether involving cars, trucks, or motorcycles, traffic accidents can lead to fatalities due to reckless driving, impaired driving, or other factors.
  • Medical malpractice – When healthcare professionals fail in their duty of care, it can result in patient deaths from surgical errors, misdiagnosis, or improper treatments.
  • Workplace accidents – Inadequate safety protocols or hazardous conditions can lead to fatal accidents, especially in high-risk industries.
  • Defective products Malfunctioning or unsafe consumer goods, from faulty car parts to dangerous medications, can cause unforeseen fatalities.
  • Premises liability – Fatalities can occur when properties, be they commercial or residential, are not maintained safely, leading to slips, trips, and other deadly mishaps.

Behind every wrongful death statistic lies a deeply personal story of loss, grief, and disrupted futures. At The Saul Law Firm, we understand the gravity of these tragedies. We’re here to fight tirelessly for your right to just compensation, ensuring that the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in New York?

In New York, the ability to bring a wrongful death lawsuit is somewhat unique. Only the personal representative of the deceased’s estate can bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s beneficiaries. This is different from many other states where certain family members can bring the suit directly.

If the deceased had a will, the personal representative is typically the executor named in the will. If the deceased died intestate (without a will), the court can appoint an administrator to act as the personal representative. The damages awarded in a successful wrongful death lawsuit are then distributed to the deceased’s beneficiaries, which can include immediate family members and others depending on the specifics of the situation and the relationship to the deceased.

Available Damages in Wrongful Death Claims

In the aftermath of a wrongful death, the legal system offers a means for survivors to seek financial compensation. These damages are designed to mitigate the profound economic and emotional toll left in the wake of such tragedies. Potential damages include:

  • Economic damages – These encompass tangible financial losses, such as lost wages the deceased would have earned, medical expenses related to the death, and funeral and burial costs.
  • Non-economic damages – More intangible, these address the emotional pain and suffering survivors undergo. They can also account for the loss of companionship, guidance, and care the deceased provided.
  • Punitive damages – In cases where the wrongdoer’s actions were particularly heinous or egregious (e.g. DUI or violent crime), the court may award punitive damages. These are designed to punish the responsible party and deter others from similar misconduct.

The Saul Law Firm is here to guide you through this complex process and help you obtain justice and compensation. 

How Our Firm Can Help

Navigating the complexities of a wrongful death claim in Long Island and NYC demands skill and determination, qualities that The Saul Law Firm has consistently exemplified. Over the years, our firm has earned an impeccable reputation for handling some of the most challenging wrongful death cases. You can trust us to provide personalized services tailored to your specific needs and circumstances. To achieve the best possible outcomes, our firm handles:

  • Case evaluation – Assessing the viability and potential value of the claim.
  • Evidence collection – Gathering all necessary documentation, testimonies, and other crucial evidence.
  • Negotiation with insurers – Ensuring you receive a fair settlement without being shortchanged.
  • Court representation – Vigorously representing you in court if negotiations don’t lead to a satisfactory conclusion.

Above all, we will pursue every avenue for justice and rightful compensation. While no amount of money can replace a life, it can help you secure your financial future and find closure.

Representing Garden City Families In Wrongful Death Claims

If you are dealing with the aftermath of a wrongful death, turn to The Saul Law Firm. We will guide you through this challenging time with strength, dignity, and the assurance that your loved one’s memory will be honored. Contact us today.

The Saul Law Firm, LLP helps clients throughout Garden City, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Long Island, Queens, Garden City, Brooklyn, New York City, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Westchester County.