Poughkeepsie Wrongful Death Lawyer
When another’s negligence or misconduct has caused the death of a loved one, the loss is both emotionally painful and financially challenging as well. New York law allows the person appointed as the personal representative of the estate to bring a wrongful death claim against the negligent party and recover compensation for the estate and its beneficiaries. In Dutchess County, the Poughkeepsie wrongful death lawyers at Ingber & Provost help family members recover much needed financial support while holding negligent actors accountable for the harm they have caused through their negligence.
Damages recoverable in a New York wrongful death lawsuit
A wrongful death lawsuit in New York is brought by the estate’s personal representative. If successful, the representative can recover damages for the estate as well as for surviving family members. Recoverable damages paid to the estate include:
- Lost earnings between the time of the accident or injury and death
- Costs of medical expenses and nursing care
- Funeral and burial expenses
Additionally, the representative can recover damages for the benefit of the surviving spouse, children and other dependents of the deceased or beneficiaries of the estate. These recoverable damages include:
- The value of support and services the deceased would have provided to surviving family members
- The value of lost parental nurturing, guidance and education to the children
The representative can also recover damages for the conscious pain and suffering of the deceased between the time of injury and death. Punitive damages are available in appropriate cases as well. Punitive damages are reserved for cases of especially egregious conduct causing death. While difficult to prove and obtain, the Poughkeepsie wrongful death lawyers at Ingber & Provost put in the extra time and effort to obtain punitive damages in appropriate cases, in order to hold defendants fully accountable for their outrageous misconduct and to recover as much compensation as possible for the surviving victims of such shocking negligence.
How our Poughkeepsie wrongful death attorneys can help
A successful wrongful death case requires proving that the defendant was negligent (breached a duty of care), that this negligence caused the death of the deceased, and that this death caused harm in the form of legal damages to surviving family members. Proving elements such as negligence and causation are difficult enough in personal injury cases where the victim can testify about what happened; in wrongful death cases these elements may be even more difficult to prove. The Poughkeepsie wrongful death attorneys at Ingber & Provost have over 40 years of combined experience litigating auto accidents, slip and fall injuries, medical malpractice, food poisoning and other cases of negligence causing serious injury or death. Our lawyers know what it takes to build a strong case in preparation of trial or to achieve a full and fair settlement with the insurance company without having to go to court.
Help is Available from Compassionate Poughkeepsie Wrongful Death Attorneys
For compassionate, dedicated and effective help after a wrongful death in Poughkeepsie or Dutchess County, call Ingber & Provost at 845-733-2720 for a free consultation with an experienced and successful Poughkeepsie wrongful death attorney.