Manlius Wrongful Death Attorneys

The unexpected death of a loved one is devastating, especially when it was brought on by someone’s carelessness.

You should be able to rely on someone you trust to answer your many questions. You can trust O’Brien and Ford to furnish you the answers you need. 

The term “wrongful death” refers to careless and deliberate acts that lead to a person’s death, or that lead to injuries that lead to death.

A wrongful death could include a death from a car or motorcycle crash.

Also included are deaths arising from willful actions like brawls or attacks.

An unlawful act like murder can also be the subject matter of a wrongful death lawsuit. 

Lawyers in a wrongful death law firm have knowledge and experience handling the wrongful death statutes in their state. All wrongful death cases are governed by a set of laws established in each state, and no two states’ laws are exactly alike. 

A wrongful death law will control who may be entitled to file a claim– generally, the deceased person’s spouse, parent or child. Some states restrict wrongful death actions by children to minor children only. A person may be able to sue for the wrongful death of a spouse even when they were separated.

Some states permit parents to sue for the wrongful death of their grown children, and some do not. If a member of your family has died, the law firm of O’Brien and Ford will be able to advise you of your rights under New York’s wrongful death statute. 

There may be cases where a responsible party has some kind of immunity from wrongful death lawsuits. In some states, family members are immune from wrongful death actions against each other. Some governmental entities may be sued for wrongful death. Sovereign immunity may be waived, so do not assume that you cannot recover if your loved one was killed on government property. In cases in which a governmental agency is not immune from suit, strict deadlines may apply. 

The type and amount of damages in a wrongful death suit are governed by law. Income that the deceased person could have earned may be recovered, particularly if the person was the main provider for the family. Medical and funeral expenses are another illustration of the types of damages that may be recovered. Another kind of possible damages may be grief and loss of companionship. Punitive damages may be awarded when the death is resulted in by a willful action. Some states’ wrongful death laws place limits on the total amount of damages that may be awarded in a wrongful death suit. 

Consult a trained wrongful death law firm if you have lost a relative in any of the following situations: 

– Automobile or motorcycle accidents, despite whether your relative was an operator, passenger, or pedestrian. 

– Accidents at work 

– A fall in a public place 

– An assault 

– Medical malpractice 

– Drowning in a public or private swimming pool 

– An accident in a medical facility or assisted living facility  

 

Wrongful Death Law Firm Near Me

Your attorney should understand what you are feeling and treat you with the greatest empathy. Even though your lawyer may have dealt with many of wrongful death cases, your case is one-of-a-kind and should be given the consideration it deserves.

At O’Brien and Ford, you are not a case; you are a person. You can trust us to explain what you need to know and keep you updated at all times. We do not collect a fee unless we win an award for you. Contact us for a free consultation.