Wrongful Death


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In its grossest form, negligence causes death. As a professional and highly rated injury firm, the Law Offices of Tacopina Seigel & DeOreo handles wrongful death cases in New York with the utmost discretion and sensitivity. But the firm also pursues damages on behalf of your family aggressively and zealously. When tragedy strikes your family because of the careless actions of another person or party, the firm’s reputable legal team is here to help you obtain just compensation.

Let accidental death attorneys in NYC guide your family

The attorneys at Tacopina Seigel & DeOreo have built their reputation by providing New Yorkers with competent and experienced legal guidance at all times. The firm can help your family obtain rightful compensation for the loss of your loved one by dealing with the following issues:

  • Wrongful death pleading requirements:

    A wrongful death claim is a claim brought on behalf of a deceased person by the executor of that person’s estate and for the benefit of that person’s surviving dependents. To succeed in a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff must prove: a person died; the person’s death was caused by the wrongful conduct of the defendant; the deceased person would have had a cause of action against the defendant at the time of his or her death; the decedent left behind surviving dependents who suffered a pecuniary loss as a result of the death; and an executor has been appointed to manage the decedent’s estate.

  • Issues to look for during discovery:

    There are two primary issues in a wrongful death claim: who was responsible for the decedent’s death and what was the pecuniary loss suffered by the survivors. Discovery in wrongful death cases often focuses on the earning power or potential earning power of the decedent. Discovery also, of course, deals with liability issues to the extent they are in play.

  • Key decisions in personal injury law:

    The firm’s attorneys stay informed about recent decisions such as Johnson v Richmond Univ. Med. Ctr., 2012. (N.Y. App. Div. 2d Dep’t Dec. 26, 2012.) (Only persons suffering a pecuniary loss as a result of the decedent’s passing are entitled to bring a wrongful death suit.)

  • Using expert witnesses:

    One of the most important expert witnesses in a wrongful death case is a financial expert who can establish the earning power and potential earning power of the decedent. This type of expert is especially important if the decedent was very young, self-employed or employed in an unusual field.

Types of compensation your family may receive

Your wrongful death claim falls under civil law. This means that by filing a lawsuit against the defendant, you may be able to obtain reimbursement. Below are examples of the types of compensation you may be able to recover:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of income
  • Funeral expenses

Whether your loved one sustained a catastrophic injury that led to his or her demise, or died immediately, if negligence was the cause, the injury lawyers at Tacopina Seigel & DeOreo are ready to fight for you.

Trusted counsel for families coping with wrongful death in NYC

When someone you love dies because of the reckless actions of another, the highly respected lawyers at the Law Offices of Tacopina Seigel & DeOreo are here to help you fight back. Call today at 212-227-8877 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney at the firm.