Brooklyn Wrongful Death Lawyer
You may be entitled to compensation if someone you love has recently been killed in an accident in Brooklyn. At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., our Brooklyn wrongful death lawyers will do everything we can to help you during this very difficult time. Please do not hesitate to call our law offices to schedule a free consultation. Our compassionate legal team will review your case, outline your legal options, and answer any questions you might have.
Again, your initial consultation is free, so give us a call to get started on your wrongful death case today.
Why Should I Call Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. After a Fatal Accident in Brooklyn, NY?
It’s never easy to lose someone you love and care about. It might be even harder if the loss was sudden and you never had the chance to say goodbye. The emotional trauma of your loss can easily affect you for the rest of your life. It’s important to consider the financial repercussions of your loss, as well. If you relied on your family member for support and assistance, you might find that you’re in a really tough spot now. What are you going to do to make ends meet?
In New York, you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim. In doing this, you can hold the person (or people) responsible for your loved one’s death accountable for the unjustifiable harm they’ve caused.
You need time to recover and grieve your loss. That’s difficult to accomplish if you’re also trying to pursue compensation from the at-fault parties and/or their insurance providers. Hiring the experienced personal injury lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. can make a huge difference.
When you call us for help, we will:
- Investigate your loved one’s fatal Brooklyn accident
- Establish causation and fault
- Seek compensation from all liable parties
- Minimize the victim’s role – if any – in the fatal accident, and
- Work closely with experts to make sure that we fully appreciate the extent of your damages.
Our Brooklyn legal team has more than 200 years of combined experience handling wrongful death matters. We take the cases we handle seriously. That’s why we can say that we’ve been able to recover more than $1 Billion for our clients and their families. When you need help, we’ll put our experience and expertise to work for you.
What is Wrongful Death and Do I Have a Case?
In the simplest possible terms, wrongful death means that someone was killed because of another person’s carelessness, negligence, or wrongful actions. So, you may have a legitimate wrongful death case if someone you love was killed in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence.
At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., we represent clients in all wrongful death matters in Brooklyn. This includes cases involving:
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Truck accidents
- Workplace accidents, and more.
Contact our Brooklyn law offices to schedule a time to speak with our legal team. We can review the details of your case and explain your legal rights and options.
Personal Representatives File Wrongful Death Claims in New York
Just because a loved one has died in an accident in Brooklyn doesn’t mean that you’ll automatically have the right to sue. In fact, under New York state law, family members don’t necessarily file wrongful death claims. Instead, the personal representative, who is chosen to handle the victim’s estate, is charged with pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit. Note, it is true that the personal representative could be a family member.
The personal representative files the wrongful death claim on behalf of the victim’s surviving beneficiaries, including:
- Spouse, and
Immediate family members are the ones who typically benefit from any compensation recovered through a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.
What Damages Are Available If I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
New York law specifically explains that any damages awarded in a wrongful death matter should “be fair and just compensation for the pecuniary injuries resulting from the decedent’s death to the persons for whose benefit the action is brought.”
In other words, damages are available to compensate you for the pecuniary – or financial – losses that you’ll experience because of your loved one’s untimely death. Examples of damages that might be awarded can include:
- Loss of work benefits
- Loss of inheritance, and
- Loss of projected wages and income.
Wrongful death lawsuits can also be used to secure damages to compensate for medical bills paid prior to death and funeral expenses.
What If My Family Member is Blamed For Their Fatal Brooklyn Accident?
Sadly, you should brace yourself and prepare for your loved one to be blamed for the accident that caused their death. It’s common for at-fault parties and insurance companies to point fingers and assign blame in an effort to reduce or avoid liability. Why? If blame is allocated to your loved one, they might be able to limit the amount of money they pay, or even escape without paying you anything, at all.
That’s because New York is a comparative fault state. Anyone who contributes to an accident – including victims – can share fault (and liability). If a victim shares blame, their financial award will be reduced to the degree they contributed to their accident. If a victim who was killed in an accident shares blame, the damages available to their family members will similarly be reduced.
So, let’s say your family member is allocated 25 percent of the responsibility for their fatal accident. When you pursue damages through a wrongful death lawsuit, your recovery will be limited to 75 percent of your damages.
That’s why it’s crucial to work with our experienced personal injury law firm in Brooklyn. At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., we’ll do everything we can to downplay your loved one’s role in their accident. Our aggressive tactics are designed to minimize their role and, in turn, maximize your financial recovery.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Brooklyn, New York?
Our legal team understands that you’re going through a very difficult time right now. However, it’s important to understand that you’ll only have a very limited amount of time to assert your right to demand compensation.
In New York, the statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits is two years from the date of your loved one’s untimely death. The clock begins to run when your loved one dies, which may or may not be the date of the fatal accident.
Your claim for damages will be barred if you wait too long. So, please reach out to our experienced team for help right away. We’ll stand by your side and help you in any way that we can. In fact, we’ll handle all aspects of your wrongful death case so that you can focus on coming to terms with your loss and moving forward.
Call Our Brooklyn Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
Has someone you love died in an accident in Brooklyn? You may have the right to seek monetary damages from whoever is responsible for your tragic loss. The Brooklyn personal injury lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. will fight tirelessly to help you recover maximum financial compensation. Give our law firm a quick call or reach out to us online to schedule your free consultation today.