wrongful-deathHave you lost a beloved family member as a result of a vehicle accident, construction site mishap, or poor medical treatment? You deserve answers—and justice. At De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, we can help you determine if the loss of your spouse, parent, child, or other loved one entitles you to claim damages for wrongful death.

Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death lawsuit is brought on behalf of family members who—in addition to emotional trauma—have suffered a terrible financial loss as a result of their loved one’s death. The damages recoverable in a death lawsuit include:

  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of future income
  • Loss of guidance and nurturing of a child
  • The value of lost household services
  • Funeral and burial expenses

After a fatal accident, the law requires that a personal representative be appointed for the deceased. Usually, if the deceased had a will, the Executor who was named in the will can file the lawsuit. If an individual died without a will, the Court will appoint an Administrator (usually the next of kin) to handle the estate and permit them to bring a lawsuit.

The law also allows a separate claim for the pain and suffering and fear of impending death that the now-deceased person endured before they passed away.

Case Spotlight

When a tragic bus accident resulted in death, De Caro & Kaplen, LLP was retained by the deceased passenger’s husband and daughter to bring a lawsuit for this tragedy. We obtained all of the evidence from the medical examiner and pre-death hospital records and retained our own forensic consultants to establish the pain and suffering and financial losses sustained by the family. Our preparation resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement for the grieving family.

Why Retain the Legal Services of De Caro & Kaplen, LLP?

No amount of money can ever make up for your loved one’s premature death. But for over 35 years, our skilled preparation of wrongful death cases has resulted in settlements and verdicts that provide peace of mind to those left behind. We can help you, too—so you can focus on emotional healing instead of how you’re going to pay the bills.

As a De Caro & Kaplen, LLP client, you’ll be assisted by our experienced attorneys, Shana De Caro and Michael Kaplen, who will personally manage your case. Shana and Michael understand the grief you’re suffering as well as your current and future financial needs. We work with forensic economists, psychologists, and other professionals to prove the full extent of your financial and moral loss.

Types of Wrongful Death Cases We Handle:

The attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP have helped clients recover damages in a variety of death scenarios, such as:

  • Fatal vehicle accidents including car, bus, truck, and train collisions
  • Pedestrian accidents causing death
  • Death resulting from careless hospital or medical treatment
  • Death resulting from falls or mishaps on construction sites, in workplaces, and in dangerous buildings

You’ll be relieved to know that our firm provides legal representation on a contingency basis. That means you pay no fees unless we win your case. After all, you don’t need the burden of hefty legal fees on top of all the other issues you’re facing.

You Have Limited Time to File a Claim

In New York, there are special laws that limit the amount of time you have to file a wrongful death lawsuit. That’s why it’s so important to preserve and protect your rights by contacting our attorneys today.

The consultation is free—and there’s no obligation.