The mother of Aaron Hernandez’s victim, the family of a murdered
teacher, the parents of a slain Clemson University student, and the parents
of a woman killed in an accident linked to a faulty GM ignition switch
are all examples of recent
wrongful death lawsuits.
A wrongful death case will not, of course, bring back a deceased family
member. We all know that, but what are wrongful death cases meant to do?
Experienced Poughkeepsie wrongful death attorneys know that the families above are seeking justice for their deceased loved
one. They also seek to correct the injustices done to them as a result
of the victim’s death.
It takes a unique, empathetic, and experienced wrongful death attorney
to successfully handle wrongful death lawsuits. Families of wrongfully
killed close relatives are in pain; they grieve for the brother, son,
or spouse that was killed. The sincere attorney understands their pain.
Handling such delicate matters and emotions is not something that every
attorney can do. And of course, wrongful death suits are extremely complex
in technical terms.
We also live in a very complex society, a society in which personal relationships
are not always as formal as the law requires. Lifelong friends, roommates,
girlfriends, and boyfriends all mourn the loss of their loved ones. Their
relationships are just as meaningful as “formal” relationships
such as marriages, and biological relationships such as parent to child.
Unfortunately, close friends and boyfriend/girlfriend relationships are
not the type of relationships that will support a wrongful death claim
in New York.
Who can file a
wrongful death claim in New York? The personal representative of the decedent, the parents
of the decedent, the spouse and the children of the decedent are all persons
that are allowed by New York State law to sue the parties responsible
for causing the death of their loved one.
In almost every news report of a new wrongful death claim, and in reports
of wrongful death claims being settled, the victim’s family is cited
as saying the suit is intended to hold the defendant accountable so that
the circumstances surrounding the death do not happen again. These suits
are a deterrent to future wrongful conduct.
While this is true, more than abstract justice is involved in the matter.
There are other non-monetary losses attached to a person’s death.
There are also monetary consequences attached to a person’s death.
Wrongful death claims seek compensation for the children’s and spouse’s
lost economic support from the decedent. The claim can even include compensation
for lost future earnings. Losing the companionship of the decedent can
also be compensated for. Lost insurance benefits, funeral costs, medical
costs and the like can also be included in the claim.
Learn more about wrongful death cases in New York in
our latest article posted here.
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