Long Island Wrongful Death Lawyer

Losing someone you love is never easy. It can be even worse when you’re robbed of the opportunity to say goodbye. That’s the reality dozens of families on Long Island face every year, thanks to avoidable accidents that end in tragedy.

Has someone you love died in an accident in Suffolk County or Nassau County? Do you believe that they died because someone else was negligent or careless? If so, do not hesitate to contact the experienced Long Island personal injury lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. You may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit and recover compensation for your loss. We can help you fight to get the money you need and deserve.

Call our compassionate legal team today to set up a time to discuss your wrongful death case for free. We’re always available to take your call – 24/7/365.

How Will a Long Island Wrongful Death Lawyer Help Me?

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit can help you recover much-needed compensation during this difficult time. Unfortunately, insurance companies and at-fault parties won’t make it easy for you to get the money you deserve. They’ll put up a fight and do everything they can to deny or devalue your claim.

Hiring an experienced Long Island personal injury lawyer to handle your wrongful death case can make a huge difference. Your lawyer can level the playing field and give you time to focus on grieving your unimaginable loss.

You shouldn’t hesitate to contact the experienced legal team at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. after a fatal accident.

Here’s why:

  • We’ll handle all negotiations and discussions with insurance companies so that you don’t have to. 
  • We’ll carefully investigate the fatal accident to determine why it happened and identify who might be to blame. Then we can seek compensation from anyone who had a hand can your loved one’s death.
  • Valuing a wrongful death case can be really difficult. You don’t want to leave that calculation up to an insurance company. We have great relationships with leading experts who can help us figure out what your case is really worth.
  • Your loved one might be blamed for the accident that caused their death. We will fight to minimize the impact of these often baseless claims.

We know things are tough right now. We are here to help you in any way that we can. Our lawyers will take an aggressive approach to your case and fight hard to secure maximum compensation on your behalf.

When you turn to Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. for help after a fatal Long Island accident, you can benefit from a team of attorneys who have more than 200 years of combined experience. There’s a reason that we are continually recommended by former clients. We get results. We’ve successfully recovered more than $1 Billion in settlements and verdicts.

When you need help, we’ll be here for you too. Contact our Long Island law office today to schedule your free, no-obligation case assessment and learn more.

What is Wrongful Death?

In New York, family members may have the right to sue if someone they love is killed because another person was careless. Specifically, wrongful death occurs when a death results from another person’s wrongful act, neglect, or default.

In other death, wrongful death means that someone died in an accident that could have been avoided. That death can have immediate and long-lasting consequences for the victim’s family. A wrongful death claim can allow those family members most affected by the loss to recover fair pecuniary damages.

We Handle All Wrongful Death Cases on Long Island

At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., we know that money won’t bring your loved one back to you. However, we also how important money can be in the wake of your loss. That’s why we’re prepared to help you hold the person who caused you to suffer such a devastating loss responsible for their actions.

We handle all Long Island wrongful death matters, including those involving:

  • Car accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Train accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Defective products
  • Medical malpractice
  • Construction accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Dog bites, and more.

For more than four decades, we’ve stood by grieving families on Long Island and helped them pursue money necessary to make a difference in their lives. We’re here for you in your time of need, too. All you have to do is give us a quick call and set up a time to sit down with our skilled and compassionate attorneys.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

In New York, wrongful death lawsuits are filed by the personal representative who is chosen to handle the victim’s estate. This person might’ve been named in a will or chosen by a court. In any event, wrongful death claims can only be filed on behalf of certain surviving family members.

This includes a victim’s:

  • Spouse
  • Children, and/or
  • Parents.

New York does not generally expand the right to benefit from a wrongful death lawsuit to anyone outside of a victim’s immediate family.

What Damages Can Be Recovered With a Wrongful Death Claim?

Wrongful death claims are intended to compensate family members who have suffered a devastating loss. So, the damages available are different than those that can be sought through a traditional personal injury lawsuit filed by an accident victim themselves. Those damages, however, can potentially be recovered through a survival action.

When filing a wrongful death lawsuit, family members may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical bills incurred prior to the victim’s death
  • Lost financial support the victim would have provided had they survived (e.g., income and wages)
  • Loss of inheritance, and
  • Loss of benefits.

It’s important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who can bite to make sure that your wrongful death claim is valued properly. At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., we’ve spent the better part of four decades establishing relationships with some of the most reputable accident and injury experts in the tri-state area.

With their help, we can better understand how your loved one’s loss will affect you and your family down the line. Armed with expert-backed evidence, we can put ourselves in the best position to get you maximum compensation.

Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims on Long Island, NY

Few things are more devastating than losing someone you love. We know that it might be hard to come to terms with that loss so soon. However, if you don’t assert the right to recover compensation, you could lose it. 

Generally speaking, you’ll have two years from the date your loved one dies to file a wrongful death claim. You may have more or less time, depending on the circumstances specific to your case. It’s critical to speak a personal injury attorney who has experience handling these complex cases. Contact Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. and we can get started on your wrongful death case right away.

Comparative Negligence and Long Island Wrongful Death Claims

Can you still file a wrongful death claim and get compensation if your loved one is partly responsible for the accident that caused their death? It depends. Under New York’s comparative negligence laws, sharing fault for an accident won’t automatically bar a victim or their family from successfully recovering compensation for resulting damages. Someone else just has to share some of the blame. So, you can potentially recover compensation even if your loved one was 99% responsible for the fatal accident. 

While recovery might not be barred, it will be reduced to reflect your family member’s role in the accident. If they are allocated 25 percent of the blame, your damages will be reduced by 25 percent.

Insurance companies and others involved in the fatal accident will probably try to shift blame to your loved one. If successful, these allegations could hurt your ability to get the money your family needs.

That’s why it’s important to work with a skilled Long Island personal injury attorney who knows how to handle these tactics. At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., we will carefully investigate the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death and fight hard to minimize their role in the accident. The last fault allocated to them, the more money you can potentially receive.

Call to Schedule Your Free Consultation

You need time to cope with your loss and grieve. However, you only have a very limited amount of time to pursue compensation with a wrongful death lawsuit. You don’t have to handle things by yourself and go through this difficult time on your own. Let the experienced Long Island wrongful death attorneys at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. handle your legal claim. 

Our team will go above and beyond and do everything we can to help your family secure meaningful financial compensation. We’ll take an aggressive approach to your case and fight to hold negligent parties accountable for the harm they have caused.

All you have to do is give us a call and schedule your free consultation. We’ll do our best to make the process as easy as we possibly can for you.