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Types of monetary damages in a wrongful death case

The death of an individual can have a seriously negative effect on the financial well-being of the deceased person’s family. In New York, monetary damages in wrongful death cases can involve numerous types of financial compensation. If you have lost a loved one and are pursuing a wrongful death case, you may be entitled to recover money for:

  • Funeral and burial expenses – These can include the cost of caskets, cremation and purchasing a final resting place for your loved one.
  • Medical expenses – These can include the cost of any medical care rendered as a result of your loved ones final illness or injury.
  • Lost wages – If your loved one was working at the time of his or her illness or injury, you may be able to recover the amount of money your loved one could have made between the onset of his or her illness or injury and the time of his or her death.
  • The loss of care and comfort – If the deceased was a member of your immediate family (spouse, parent, sibling or child) you may be able to obtain compensation for the loss of their emotional support and physical presence in your life.
  • Loss of inheritance – If the decedent was your parent, you may be able to recover for the loss of any inheritance you might have been entitled to if your parent had survived.
  • Pain and suffering – If your loved one suffered between the onset of his or her injury or illness and his or her death, you may be able to recover money for the pain and suffering he or she experienced. However, New York law does not allow for individuals to recover for their own pain and suffering in wrongful death cases. So despite how painful it is to lose a loved one, there is no ability to recover financially for your loss and suffering.
  • Interest – You may be entitled to recover up to nine percent (9%) interest on any of the monetary damages you are awarded in a wrongful death case. The interest is calculated from the date of death until the date of the damage award.

If you have recently lost a loved one and have questions about the types of monetary damages you may be entitled to by bringing a wrongful death case, call The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. today. We offer free, no obligation consultations and are ready and willing to answer any of your questions about wrongful death cases in New York. Don’t waste another minute. Call us now.


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