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Wrongful death claims mean weighing many factors

| Jun 5, 2020 | Wrongful Death |

It is understandable when New York families who lose loved ones in tragic accidents seek compensation for their losses. The death of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness may leave a family struggling in many ways, and a wrongful death action may provide some relief from that struggle. Often, however, there is not one person or entity who is solely responsible for a deadly accident.

This is why those who decide to seek compensation through a wrongful death claim may benefit from experienced legal guidance from the earliest stages of the process. Investigating the accident is essential to determining the factors that may have contributed to it and the fatal injuries a victim suffered. This can be a complex undertaking and one that requires skill and determination.

One example of this is the case of a family of a teacher who died in a school bus crash in another state. The teacher was accompanying her fifth-grade students on a field trip when the bus driver made a U-turn into the path of a dump truck. The teacher and one student died, and dozens of others suffered injuries. In addition to the bus driver, who pleaded guilty to reckless vehicular homicide, the family is seeking restitution from school officials, several county governments, the dump truck driver and his employers.

Understanding the many factors involved in a fatal accident can be complicated and overwhelming. However, this may be the most effective way to maximize the compensation a New York family deserves after losing someone so important in their lives. Those undertaking a wrongful death claim would be wise to have skilled legal assistance when navigating the complex civil court system.

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