Tuesday, May 12, 2015 will forever be remembered by the passengers and
train employees bound for New York aboard Amtrak Train No. 188. News reports
inform that the train was traveling approximately twice the speed limit
moments before it derailed in Philadelphia. Eight people have died and
over two hundred have been injured.
The families of the victims will always remember that fateful day as well.
What happens next for the families of victims that were wrongfully killed
during and after the train accident?
Experienced Newburgh personal injury and wrongful death attorneys know that the family of wrongful death victims have rights and they can
hold parties committing negligent acts accountable for their loved one’s death.
Our society has become quite complex. Many people no longer hold “traditional”
or “formal” relationships with one another. Unmarried couples
co-habitat for years and even a lifetime; friends love each other as if
they were biologically related. Homes and personal property are shared
between these folks. Unfortunately, the law does not always recognize
This means that not everyone that was close to thewrongful death victim can seek justice in a court of law. New York State only allows
close family to sue for wrongful death. Close biological relatives such
as parents and children of the decedent can sue for the wrongful death
of a loved one. Of course, spouses can sue the negligent people that wrongfully
caused their loved one’s death.
This is not about greed, but rather about compensation for what was taken
from them when the decedent was killed by someone else’s negligence.
Consider what can happen when a family loses a primary breadwinner to
death. It is not just emotional devastation; it is possible financial
ruin as well wherein an entire household’s lifestyle will be forever
changed. This can be just as devastating as was the loss of their loved one.
The family of
negligently killed people could seek compensation for the lost financial support they suffer from
after their relative has died. Funeral expenses can be compensated for
as well. An experienced wrongful death attorney can help victim’s
family members understand more about what their rights are.
A statute of limitations applies to wrongful death claims as it does to
every other claim. Limitations periods vary depending on the allegations;
but for wrongful death claims, the statute of limitations period is generally
two years from the date of the decedent’s death.
Learn more about train accidents causing serious injuries and death in
our latest article posted here. Read more about recent train crash prompting investigation after deaths
and injuries due to negligence in
our blog posted here. Learn more about train accidents and liability in
our blog posted here. Read about railroad crashes causing injury or death to passengers or
our blog posted here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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