When a family member is lost to an untimely death, it can be emotionally and financially devastating to their surviving family. Under New York state law, surviving family members have a right to sue for wrongful death when their loved one is killed as a result of a wrongful act, or negligence causing the death of the victim. While a wrongful death lawsuit cannot erase the grief of the surviving family members, the compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit can help them ease the financial impact of their loss. If you have lost a loved one due to the wrongful acts of another person, the experienced and compassionate lawyers at Dennis Herron & Associates can help you.
For over 25 years, the team at Dennis Herron & Associates has fought on behalf of families in Rochester, New York, to get compensation for the wrongful death of their loved ones.
We have secured millions in verdicts and settlements for families who have lost a loved one as a result of the wrongful acts of another person.
Our lawyers are committed to ensuring that you focus on your healing and are able to move forward with your life after suffering the loss of a loved one. We understand what you are going through, and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at (585) 244-6000 to schedule a consultation with one of our compassionate Rochester wrongful death attorneys.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
If you have lost a loved one to an unexpected, untimely death, you may be too overwhelmed with grief to think of taking legal action. However, there is a time limit within which you can file a wrongful death lawsuit in New York. Generally, wrongful death claims must be filed within two years after the victim’s death. If the person who caused the victim’s death is also facing criminal charges, the victim’s family has at least one year from the termination of the criminal action to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Wrongful death lawsuits can be complex and require meticulous preparation for success. Consult a wrongful death lawyer as quickly as possible after your loved one’s death, to ensure that your lawyer has enough time to prepare a compelling case for you.
Some Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases
A wrongful death case can arise from different situations. When a person or entity causes the death of another person as a result of their negligence or wrongful act, they can be held financially responsible for the victim’s death. Wrongful death cases can arise in these situations:
Medical Malpractice: when a doctor or medical professional fails to treat their patient according to the required standard of care and that failure is the cause of the victim’s death, the doctor may be held responsible for the wrongful death of the victim.
Motor Vehicle Accidents: persons or entities at-fault for motor vehicle accidents that result in death may also face a wrongful death lawsuit.
Product Liability: when products cause death because they were defectively designed or manufactured, the product designers and/or manufacturers may face a wrongful death lawsuit.
Workplace Injuries: employers can also be held responsible for the death of their workers if the death occurred in the course of the victim carrying out their duties for the employer, and the death was caused by the employer’s negligence.
Get Help From Our Wrongful Death Law Firm in Rochester, New York
If you have lost a loved one and you believe their death was caused by another person’s negligence or wrongful act, you should seek legal help as soon as possible. Contact the highly experienced and compassionate wrongful death team at Dennis Herron & Associates for a confidential review of your case. Call us at (585) 244-6000 to schedule your consultation.