We often don’t know how important the people in our lives are to us until we can’t talk to them anymore. It isn’t fair, though, that some of our loved ones can be stolen from us by someone else’s negligence. Wrongful death victims’ families know this better than most.
Richmond Vona, LLC, understands that you and your family need space to grieve after a loved one’s wrongful death. If you want justice for your losses, we’re here to help. You can work with a Kenmore, NY, wrongful death lawyer to demand compensation for the economic and non-economic losses tied to your loved one’s passing.
Our personal injury lawyers in Kenmore don’t back down from a challenge. If you’re ready to go to court or learn more about your right to legal action, our team is here to lend you a hand.
Balancing a Need for Space and Your Right to Action
It takes time to learn to live with grief. We understand that in the immediate wake of a loved one’s death, you may want to circle the wagons and celebrate your loved one’s life. Our team wants to prioritize your right to that grief while preserving your right to take legal action against the party responsible for your loved one’s death.
That’s why we offer to take on your case. Our attorneys can begin an investigation into your loved one’s death while you’re taking care of your heart. We can keep you up to date on what evidence of negligence we find without infringing on funerals, wakes, and your time away from work.
You can discuss what kind of interaction you want to have with our team when you first schedule a free case assessment.
When to Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer
You have a limited amount of time to take civil action against the party responsible for a loved one’s death. How can you balance that deadline against your right to grieve? When in doubt, call on an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Kenmore.
The sooner you get in touch with our team, the faster we can initiate an investigation into your losses. Our work can get your personal injury claim to a judge long before your case’s statute of limitations expires. All the while, you can focus on taking care of your family, going back to work, and celebrating a loved one’s life.
You don’t have to commit to action right after meeting with our team. You can take your time to determine whether or not you want to proceed with a case, not to mention determining how you want that case to proceed. If you meet with our team within weeks of your loved one’s passing, though, you give yourself and us more time to make these essential choices.
For a free legal consultation with a wrongful death lawyer serving Kenmore, call (716) 300-5885
Taking Legal Action After a Loved One’s Wrongful Death
Unfortunately, you cannot initiate criminal proceedings against the party responsible for your loved one’s death. Only the state of New York can charge an offending party with manslaughter or related charges. The prosecution may, however, call on you to testify as to the liable party’s guilt.
You can, however, take action against a liable party in civil court. Action in civil court allows you to demand compensation based on the economic and non-economic losses that your loved one endured. If you win your case, you can walk away with the compensation you need to restabilize your family’s financial situation.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in New York?
New York only allows certain parties to initiate legal action against the party responsible for a loved one’s death. According to New York Consolidated Law §4-1.1, you must prove that you are the deceased’s parent, spouse, or child if you want to file a personal injury claim on their behalf.
If none of these parties are available to file a civil claim, then the deceased’s personal representative may act on their behalf.
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Demanding Fair Compensation After a Loved One’s Passing
Your loved one may have faced economic and non-economic losses during the accident that led to their untimely passing. As their representative, you have the right to ask for compensation based on those losses, not to mention what losses you’ve endured due to their passing. Our team can help you integrate this range of losses into the claim you submit to a judge.
We can most often include the following losses in your loved one’s wrongful death claim:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of financial support
- A loved one’s emergency care and medical expenses
- A loved one’s property restoration and repair
- Your lost wages or opportunities to return to work
- Funeral and burial expenses
You can bring any questions about your right to compensation forward when you first meet with our personal injury lawyers.
Going to Trial Versus Negotiating for Support
Filing a wrongful death claim does not mean that you have to go straight to trial to demand the compensation you deserve. Civil claims also entitle you to meet with a liable party out of court to discuss the compensation you deserve. Negotiations can have a few downsides in wrongful death cases, though.
To start, the liable party may refuse to acknowledge their role in your loved one’s death. That refusal to comply can make it impossible for you to demand compensation. What’s more, you may not want to meet with the party liable for your loved one’s death face-to-face. The emotional strain of that process may not prove conducive to your fight for support.
That said, wrongful death settlement negotiations tend to wrap up more quickly than wrongful death trials. You can discuss the pros and cons of the process as you develop your case with our Kenmore wrongful death attorneys.
Let Richmond Vona Investigate Your Case
No amount of money or justice can fill the space that a person’s death can leave in your life. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take action against the party responsible for your loved one’s wrongful passing, though. Filing a lawsuit against a negligent party can get you and your family the financial support you need to pay the bills tied to your loved one’s death.
You don’t have to teach yourself civil law to take advantage of the statutes that entitle you to action. You can collaborate with the wrongful death lawyers in Kenmore, NY, to bring your claim forward before your personal injury statute of limitations expires. Richmond Vona, LLC, can handle your case with care.
Contact our team today to book a free, no-obligation wrongful death case evaluation.