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Losing a loved one is one of the most painful experiences a person can endure, especially when that death was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another. If you have lost a family member due to someone else's careless actions, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. The compassionate Syracuse wrongful death lawyers at The Porter Law Group are here to help you navigate this difficult time and fight for the justice and compensation your family deserves.

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At The Porter Law Group, we understand the profound grief and challenges that come with suddenly losing a loved one. You can’t put a price on a loved one’s death. But pursuing a wrongful death claim can help ease the financial burdens you may be facing and provide a sense of justice and accountability. 

Our dedicated attorneys will handle all the legal details with sensitivity and care, so you can focus on honoring your loved one's memory and begin the healing process. Call 833-PORTER9 today, or email us at info@porterlawteam.com to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. 

What is a Wrongful Death Case?

A wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of another party. In New York, the personal representative of the deceased person's estate is allowed to bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the surviving family members.

Wrongful death can be caused by many factors in which the most common may include:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Toxic torts
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Criminal activity

Simply put, wrongful death is something that a family of the deceased can claim if there was negligence on the part of someone else. The key elements in wrongful death are:

  1. The defendant had a duty to the deceased. For example, a doctor has a duty of professional care towards a patient. 
  2. The defendant breached this duty, as in cases where doctors are negligent and misdiagnose cancer by not reading the test results properly. 
  3. The breach of duty resulted in death, as in cases where a medical misdiagnosis of cancer leads to a delay in treatment, leading to the patient’s untimely death. 
  4. The family of the deceased suffered losses, like economic losses from the untimely death of a breadwinner who received a delayed cancer diagnosis.
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What Type of Damages Can Families Claim in a Wrongful Death Case?

For a successful wrongful death claim, surviving family members may be able to recover financial compensation for the following:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical bills incurred during the deceased's treatment
  • Lost wages and benefits that would have been earned
  • Loss of inheritance 
  • Financial value of the services and support provided by the deceased
  • Loss of care, guidance, and nurturing to surviving children
  • Loss of love, companionship, and consortium 

Depending on the circumstances, the court may also award punitive damages to punish the defendant for particularly egregious conduct and deter similar actions in the future. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys at the Porter Law Group will carefully evaluate your case to determine the full extent of the losses you have suffered. We will fight tenaciously for the maximum compensation you are owed.

Why Choose The Porter Law Group?

The wrongful death lawyers at The Porter Law Group have extensive experience advocating for families who have lost loved ones due to negligence. We understand the immense pain and suffering you are going through, as well as the anger and frustration of knowing your loved one's death could have been prevented. 

Our team will serve as your dedicated legal advocates during this trying time - handling all communications with insurance companies, thoroughly investigating the cause of your loved one's death, and building a strong case to hold the responsible parties accountable. 

The Porter Law Group has recovered millions of dollars* for families whose loved ones tragically passed away due to negligence of others. We have a proven track record of recovering compensation for those left behind, and believe that every client deserves personalized attention, compassion, and open communication. You will always be able to reach us to discuss your case and get updates on its progress. 

Though we strive to reach efficient settlements to spare you the pain of litigation, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial if needed. You can trust our Syracuse wrongful death attorneys to stand by your side every step of the way in the pursuit of justice.

Contact a Syracuse Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

If you have lost a family member in a tragic accident caused by negligence, don't wait to take action. In New York, the statute of limitations for most wrongful death lawsuits is just two years from the date of death. There is also the requirement of a 90-day notice for a lawsuit if a government entity is responsible for your loved one’s death. The sooner you contact The Porter Law Group, the sooner we can start building your case.

We offer free, no-obligation consultations to discuss your situation and advise you of your legal options. Our wrongful death attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won't have to pay us legal fees unless we can successfully recover compensation for you.

No amount of money can make up for the loss of someone you love, but the Porter Law Group is here to help you hold the at-fault parties responsible. We will secure the financial recovery you need to support yourselves during this difficult chapter. Contact us today at 833-PORTER9, or email us at info@porterlawteam.com to schedule a free consultation.

Last Updated on June 10, 2024 by Michael S. Porter
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