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Rochester Wrongful Death Lawyers

The wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, are devoted to helping families in New York get relief after losing a family member because of someone else’s negligence. We represent wrongful death clients throughout New York, including Rochester, Syracuse, and Watertown.

If you believe you might have a wrongful death claim, we can help. You already know the emotional toll of losing a family member. Let one of our experienced New York wrongful death attorneys review your situation, advise you about your potential claim, and discuss the financial consequences you’re facing. If you have a claim, we’re ready to start work on your case immediately, protecting your rights under New York law.

Contact us today at for a free consultation. We make house calls and can meet with you at your home or hospital in Rochester and surrounding areas if you’re unable to travel. We pledge to fight to get you the compensation you deserve!

What Is Wrongful Death in New York?

As a general rule, “wrongful death” refers to someone’s death caused by the willful or negligent act of another. Every state has its own wrongful death statute which lets the dead person’s representative – usually a family member – sue to recover damages from whoever is responsible for the victim’s death.

The purpose of a claim for wrongful death is to compensate the victim’s family for the loss they suffered by the victim’s premature death. To achieve that, the claim for wrongful death holds a person, group, or corporation accountable for causing harm to the surviving family members.

In New York, in most cases a wrongful death claim has to be filed within two years after the victim died.

A wrongful death claim can arise in many ways, but most involve:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
    • plane crashes
    • car wrecks
    • ATV accidents
    • motorcycle crashes
    • railroad accidents
  • Defective products
  • Medical malpractice
  • Dangerous pharmaceuticals

No matter how your family member died, the Rochester wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, want to put their knowledge and experience to work to help you and your family stay on their feet.

Our Rochester Wrongful Death Attorneys Want to Recover Compensation for You

If your family has tragically lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, you have a claim for wrongful death that entitles you to recover compensation known as wrongful death damages. Wrongful death damages are meant to provide replacement of the assistance and support lost to the family because of the family member’s untimely death.

Wrongful death damages include compensation for:

  • Financial loss, such as lost earnings and pension and social security benefits, that the family would have received if the victim had not died
  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Pain and suffering of the person who died.

Unfortunately, New York’s wrongful death statute does not allow grieving survivors to receive compensation for their own pain and suffering caused by the unexpected and unnecessary death of their loved one. Most states allow this type of compensation, but sadly New York does not.

If you believe you have lost a family member because of someone else’s negligence, it’s important to talk with an experienced New York wrongful death attorney right away. And it’s important to do so before you make major decisions that could affect your claim. You should never sign any release or accept any money in exchange for a release unless you know your rights after consulting a knowledgeable New York personal injury attorney.

Contact Our Rochester Wrongful Death Lawyers Now

At the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, we’re ready to begin helping you with your wrongful death claim and any other legal problems that might arise while your case is pending. You can call or use our online form. We will discuss your case at no cost to you.

We represent wrongful death plaintiffs in Rochester and throughout New York, including Elmira, Syracuse, Watertown, Binghamton. Contact a Rochester Wrongful Death Lawyer at our offices today.

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