The loss of a loved one is a tragic event that can change your entire family. In addition to your grief and pain, you may be experiencing financial loss as well. An unexpected traumatic event often comes with expenses that can quickly wipe out your savings and leave you with uncertainty about your financial future. If the loss of your loved one is the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you may not have to carry this burden alone.
The New York civil justice system offers families and loved ones the opportunity to seek compensation through a wrongful death claim. If you believe your loved one’s death was preventable and unnecessary, you could have grounds for a claim. There are different types of damages you may be able to seek, allowing you to effectively pick up the pieces and move forward.
What do you need for a claim?
The death of a family member is always tragic, but it is not always necessarily grounds for a civil claim. The following elements are necessary to successfully pursue wrongful death compensation:
- The death of a family member
- Proof the death was the result of negligent behavior of some kind
- Evidence of financial suffering as a result of the death
- Appointment of one person to act as representative of the estate
If these elements are present in your situation, it is possible you could have a valid claim. This course of action allows you to pursue different types of damages according to your losses along with the type of pain and suffering you experienced. This includes medical expenses, emotional distress, funeral costs, loss of financial support and more. An evaluation of your case can help you understand what types of damages could be available to you.
A strong future
The future of your family could be at stake after the unexpected loss of a loved one. The emotional and financial impact of the loss is significant, and your family could feel the effects for years to come. Through your pursuit of damages, not only are you holding the liable parties accountable, you are also securing the financial recovery you need to ensure your family’s financial future. You’ve experienced a devastating loss, but there are legal options available to you.