Wrongful Death

What Is the Average Wrongful Death Settlement in New York?

There is nothing more heartbreaking or devastating than losing a loved one in an accident—especially one that should have been prevented. Under New York law (EPT § 5-4.1), the personal representative of the victim can hold the responsible party liable...
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When Can an Apartment Complex Be Held Liable for a Wrongful Death in New York?

Apartment complexes and other landlords have a legal duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition for tenants and all other guests. When they fail to do so, they may be held liable for any resulting accidents—including fatal...
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Is the Push for Profits Putting Nursing Home Residents at Risk?

On May 7th, 2020, The New York Times published an important and alarming story on the nation’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The report focused on how the push for profits at many privately run nursing homes left them ill-prepared for...
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Preparing a Wrongful Death Claim in New York: Five Important Steps

There is truly nothing that can make up for the loss of a loved one is an accident that could have easily been prevented. To lose someone you care about because of another party’s negligent actions is heartbreaking and devastating....
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Truck Accidents and Wrongful Death Claims in New York

Commercial trucks are enormous. In Western New York, a fully loaded tractor trailer can weigh as much as 40 tons (80,000 pounds). Should a crash occur, the consequences are often catastrophic. To protect the public from the inherent dangers, trucking...
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New York City Housing Authority (Nycha) Sued for Wrongful Death Over a 2019 Apartment Fire

In May of 2019, six people—including four young children and their mother—were killed in a tragic fire in New York City. The deadly fire started on the fifth floor of a Harlem apartment building in the middle of the night....
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Wrongful Death Claims Vs. Survival Claims Understanding the Difference

When someone is killed due to negligence, there are two types of civil claims that may follow: A wrongful death claim and a survival action claim. While sometimes conflated, they are actually two distinct causes of action. You may be wondering: What is...
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