If you lost a loved one due to the negligent or reckless actions of another person or party, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses. A lawyer from our firm who handles wrongful death cases on Long Island can investigate the details of your case, assign liability, and pursue recoverable damages in a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.
Recovering unexpected expenses due to the preventable death of a loved one can help as your family is grieving. A wrongful death attorney from Morelli Law Firm can go over your legal options as you try to move forward after this terrible loss.
A Wrongful Death Attorney Can Give you the Guidance You Need to Help Your Case
The parties at fault are considered innocent until proven guilty by a court of law; therefore, you will need to gather evidence that will validate your claim of wrongful death. Also, during the process of building your case, you may receive a settlement offer from the insurance company that is less than what is necessary for your losses.
In both instances, the guidance of a lawyer can help you. Our team has the resources to investigate your claim, calculate the actual value of your losses, and pursue compensation on your behalf. We can do all the following for you:
- Handle negotiations and discussions with the at-fault parties
- Investigate the cause and circumstances of the death
- Seek compensation on your behalf
- Engage with expert witnesses for testimony relevant to your case
- Protect the deceased from blame
Do not hesitate to get in touch with our team regarding your wrongful death case on Long Island to seek help from a lawyer. You deserve the peace to mourn. You might be busy with burial and funeral arrangements, so you may not have time to fight a lawsuit as you grieve.
Damages You Can Recover from a Wrongful Death Claim
After the death of your loved one, you may incur several expenses and even undergo psychological problems. Compensation from the at-fault party could help to reduce some of these burdens.
There are various costs you can recover from a wrongful death claim, such as:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost wages and benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Medical care expenses
- Missed parental care and guidance
This is not an exhaustive list of damages you can seek in a wrongful death claim. There are plenty of different circumstances that may warrant damages, including loss of companionship and financial support.
At Morelli Law Firm, we understand that losing a loved one is a terrible thing. We will strive to remove any additional hardships on you.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Not everyone qualifies to file a wrongful death claim. Only certain family members of the deceased can file. Those who are legally eligible to do so include the spouse, children, parents, or the decedent’s personal representative. In cases where a minor is filing, an adult guardian can help the minor file the claim.
Pursuing wrongful death damages is overwhelming, as it requires careful investigation of the cause of death. We can help you work to prove the cause and circumstances of the death, so you may mourn the loss of your loved one. We will then negotiate the claim with the insurance companies on your behalf, and if need be, we will pursue the matter in court.
What You Need to Build a Comprehensive Wrongful Death Case
In the event of wrongful death, many parties may be involved. Those who participate in wrongful death cases are usually the defendants, insurance companies, and the authorities.
The process of investigation consists of addressing:
- Where the death occurred
- The cause of the death
- The gathering evidence
- Statements from witnesses
The investigation process can be a painful event for people going through grief, thus making it hard for them to do it on their own. An attorney from our firm will help you collect and preserve evidence before initiating a claim process.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases We Can Help with
In any accident, there is the potential for a preventable death. Wrongful deaths can occur as a result of various events and factors, such as:
- Truck, car, and motorcycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Slip or trip and fall accidents
- Exposure to dangerous conditions or materials
- Medical malpractice
How Do You Negotiate a Fair Settlement?
After an investigation, at-fault parties may seek a negotiated settlement, but they may offer a low amount. Never assume that the first offer you receive will be enough to cover your losses. With the help of a lawyer who handles wrongful death cases on Long Island, you can calculate the actual value of all your losses and know what to seek in a fair settlement.
What If You Need to Litigate Your Claim in Court?
The responsible parties may refuse to offer a fair settlement during the negotiation process. In case that happens, we will dispute the case in court to fight for your rights.
At Morelli Law Firm, we have fought and won millions of dollars for our clients in wrongful death cases. The following are some of our results:
- We won $12 million for the estate of a 75-year-old man who was struck by an MTA bus and passed away due to his injuries.
- We won $4.4 million for the 43-year-old victim of a gas leak that killed her husband and mentally handicapped son.
- We won $2.5 million for the estate of a mother of two who died following routine surgery for kidney stone removal, where her doctors were found to be negligent.
There are many more results like the ones above we have secured for our clients. At Morelli Law Firm, we believe the family of wrongful death victims should not have to bear the financial burden of someone else’s negligence.
Contact Our Attorneys Today to Help You Handle Your Wrongful Death Case
At Morelli Law Firm, we believe in holding negligent parties accountable. One of our wrongful death lawyers can help you seek justice for your loved one on Long Island. Please remember, though, that under EPT §5-4.1, you only have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Call us for a consultation at (212) 751-9800, and we will get started on processing your case.