Many individuals may think that there are only grounds for a wrongful death case when someone dies due to the actions of another, such as immediately after a car crash, or while on the operating table due to a surgeon’s negligence. However, there are actually cases where someone may not pass away for quite some time after suffering injuries during an accident or other incident. If NYC personal injury attorneys can prove that the death was a result of previous injuries suffered or negligence, then there are grounds for a wrongful death suit.
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Family members have a right to file a lawsuit in order to receive compensation for the pain and suffering of their loved one, as well as any mental anguish they may also be suffering. Additionally, if the deceased individual was the primary financial provider for the family, then family members have a right to sue for lost wages and damages related to losing financial stability as well.
NYC personal injury attorneys advise not waiting too long to file a wrongful death suit, as there is a statute of limitations. However, if an investigation into the death reveals new evidence, then there may still be ample time to file a suit.
Examples of this include:
- New evidence of negligence on the part of doctors, surgeons, or other medical personnel and professionals
- The discovery that medications or medical items used by the deceased might have possibly contributed to his or her death
- Information was withheld from investigators
Speak to a New York personal injury attorney today if you feel you may have grounds for a wrongful death suit.