Compassionate Long Island and Nassau County Lawyers Handling Wrongful Death Cases
When you lose a loved one to negligence, we can help
Mourning a lost loved one is never easy. It is an emotional time under any circumstances; but when a loved one is taken from us too early in life — and particularly if another person or party was responsible for the death — the loss is doubly tragic. If another person’s negligence resulted in the death of your loved one, you may consider initiating a wrongful death lawsuit with the help of an attorney from Long Island law firm Michael Sepe, LLC.
Wrongful death laws in Nassau County, New York
You can file a wrongful death action against anyone whose intentional or unintentional negligent action or behavior directly or indirectly led to a serious injury and/or death of your loved one. For example, if your loved one died in a fatal automobile accident caused by another driver, the driver at fault could be found liable for unintentional negligence. On the other hand, if your loved one suffered a blow to the head in a physical fight and then later died of injuries caused by that head trauma, the wrongful death would be considered intentional.
It’s no surprise that every case contains unique details. However, claims of wrongful death in Long Island or Nassau County commonly fall under one or more of the following categories:
- Car accidents
- Truck or bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Work-related deaths, including construction site accidents
- Medical negligence or malpractice
- Other fatal personal injuries
Who can file a Long Island wrongful death lawsuit?
Most typically, the deceased’s surviving immediate family initiates a wrongful death suit. In New York, only the surviving spouse, child(ren) or parent(s) have standing to seek wrongful death compensation. Sometimes other relations such as grandparents, legal guardians and siblings are allowed to file if the deceased had no spouse, children or living parents. It’s best to consult an attorney from Michael Sepe, LLC if you are unsure whether you have the legal right to file a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil charge, and it is different and separate from criminal charges such as murder or manslaughter. The outcome of either case has no effect on the other, meaning that a victim’s family or loved ones may pursue a wrongful death case and win, even if the defendant is acquitted of murder in a criminal court.
A qualified Long Island wrongful death lawyer can help you today
If you’ve recently lost a loved one in a fatal accident that resulted from negligence or intentional wrongdoing, consult an attorney from Michael Sepe, LLC to learn about filing a wrongful death claim. We invite you to call 516-766-0477 or contact our law firm online today to schedule a free case evaluation.
Michael Sepe, LLC represents clients located on Long Island and throughout Nassau County, Suffolk County, New York County (Manhattan), Queens County, Kings County (Brooklyn), Richmond County (Staten Island), Westchester County and the rest of New York. We are easily accessible from the Rockville Centre Long Island Rail Road station.