Wrongful Death

When do cities assume special protection responsibilities?

Police and local governments may be held liable for the wrongful death of a person in New York when they shoot or otherwise cause the death of that person. However, municipalities may also be held legally responsible, under certain circumstances, for not providing protection to individuals. Generally, New York municipalities are not legally liable for… (keep reading)

Caffeine powder being sued

Wrongful death lawsuits can be based upon medical malpractice, an impaired driver or an act of violence. In at least one case, a family is suing over the death attributed to caffeine powder which has been marketed as a dietary supplement. The substance is virtually unregulated and available from online vendors. Caffeine powder is also… (keep reading)

Cabbie tries avoiding wrongful death suit

Regardless of the seriousness of the underlying charges, technical rules can potentially prevent a lawsuit from proceeding through New York courts. A cabdriver accused of running over a 9-year-old boy in an Upper West Side crosswalk, for example, has sought a delay because he claimed that he was not properly served with the court cases… (keep reading)

Limo company fights wrongful death suit

Prosecuting a wrongful death case in New York requires proof and expertise. Overcoming defenses posed by the alleged negligent party may also constitute an essential aspect of these cases. The widow of former CBS “60 Minutes” reporter Bob Simon, who died in a Feb. 11 limousine crash on the West Side Highway, filed a wrongful… (keep reading)

What happens after the death of a loved one?

Coping with the death of an immediate family member involves indescribable emotions of loss. While not as obvious, these deaths also leave family facing practical but serious issues concerning the loss of financial support needed to pay for housing, education, medical expenses and other lifestyle needs. These abrupt changes can be extraordinarily unexpected and follow… (keep reading)

Can damages be awarded for pre-death terror?

Wrongful death actions in New York provide for specified damages to family members who suffer the loss of a loved one as a result of another person’s negligence. These damages generally include fair and just compensation for pecuniary or financial injuries such as loss of support, voluntary assistance, possible inheritance and medical and funeral expenses…. (keep reading)