New York Wrongful Death Lawyer


The NYC wrongful death attorneys at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf specializes in dealing with families that have experienced such tragedy and have developed a unique ability to help those affected by the death. If you lost a love one in an accident or due to the negligence of someone else please call us at (212) 943-1090 for a free consultation.

Our wrongful death attorneys never give up in the face of injustice

New York wrongful death attorneysLast February, our skilled attorneys were able to change the law to obtain justice for the grandmother of a 2-year-old girl who died after being hit by falling debris from a building located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The grandmother was taking a walk with her granddaughter. As they stopped and sat on a bench in front of a building, a portion of the façade fell 8 stories and crushed the child to death.

The grandmother suffered deep emotional distress but because, according to the law, she was not considered an "immediate" family member the Appellate Division ruled that she was not able to receive compensation for the harm she suffered while witnessing the death of her 2-year-old beloved granddaughter. Our attorneys, who are among the best in NY State, appealed the Appellate Division Decision to the State Court of Appeals who reversed the Decision and reinstated the grandmother's claim. A jury will now decide what the award should be for this tragic accident.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

When someone dies through the negligent act of another, a wrongful death claim can result. In a wrongful death case, the personal representative of the estate of a deceased person is authorized to file a lawsuit against those responsible for the person's death. A wrongful death case can arise from any type of personal injury case including medical malpractice, automobile accidents, construction accidents, airplane accidents and all other torts.

Why is it important to hire the Best New York Wrongful Death Attorney with Both the Experience and the Expertise?

The death of a loved one is a profound and horrible event. We realize how important it is to provide our clients assistance with basic legal issues that arise after a death and how important it is that the wrongful death action be tenaciously prosecuted so that a full financial recovery can be obtained. The law in a wrongful death case in New York is multifaceted and our attorneys have both the experience and expertise to build a solid case against all negligent parties.

What is the pecuniary loss statute in New York?

Wrongful death actions in New York are governed by The New York Estates, Powers and Trust Laws(EPTL). EPTL, Section 5-4.1 entitled "Action by personal representative for wrongful act, neglect or default causing death of decedent," gives the right to the legal representative of the estate to bring an action for wrongful death. The right to recover damages for wrongful death is governed by EPTL, Section 5-4.3 entitled "Amount of recovery." The statute is what is known as a pecuniary loss statute. This means that the legal representative of the decedent must prove pecuniary loss which includes loss of support for the decedent's next of kin as a result of the loss of the decedent's earnings. In the case of the death of a parent who leaves surviving a spouse and dependent children a claim may be made for the economic loss suffered by them. Economic loss is not limited to loss of earnings alone. Loss of services to the decedent's spouse as well as loss of parental care and guidance to the decedent's children may be claimed. In the case of the death of a child loss of services to the parents may be claimed. Since the statute is a pecuniary loss statute it is imperative that the attorney fully understand the restrictive nature of the Statute and meticulously prepare the case in order to fully set forth all economic loss so as to obtain the highest possible recovery. We therefore retain expert economists and financial analysts because every wrongful death case has its own set of associated losses, including lost wages, the cost of care, and many other monetary costs as well as pain and suffering. In order to accurately assess what these costs will be in the future, we use these financial professionals in order to derive the best possible resolution for our clients.

What are some of the notable wrongful death verdicts and settlements achieved by the attorneys at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman and Mackauf?

Our personal injury lawyer NYC firm's wrongful death lawyers have achieved settlements and verdicts that are among the largest in New York and New Jersey. Some notable results include:

  • The fire at Stouffer's Hotel in Westchester County. We represented the estates of 11 members of the Board of Directors of a Fortune 500 Company killed in the fire in this wrongful death case. The case settled for more than $50,000,000 .
  • $41,500,000 verdict for the family of a 43-year-old City sanitation worker who was fatally hit by a street sweeper. The worker suffer 2 to 3 minutes of agonizing pain before succumbing to his injuries.This was the highest wrongful death verdict listed in New York State in 2017.
  • $26,000,000 settlement for the family of a 35 year old woman who was a pedestrian struck and killed by a truck on 6th Ave. in Manhattan. This is believed to be the largest settlement in the history of New York for the wrongful death of one individual.
  • $12,500,000 verdict in this wrongful death case for the wife of a parking garage employee who fell from and was killed by a man lift while at work.
  • $12,400,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a 40 year old woman and mother who died in a gas explosion that took place in her house in Queens, New York.
  • $9,000,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a man who died at a hospital as a result of negligent post-operative care following colon resection surgery. $6,500,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a man killed in an explosion as a result of a defective propane tank.
  • $8,000,000 Settlement In Wrongful Death Drunk Driver Case in which a 23 year 0ld woman suffered injuries resulting in her death. She was survived by a 4 year child.
  • $6,000,000 settlement in this wrongful death action for the family of a Westchester County man who was killed in an automobile accident when a drunk driver struck a stopped Police car resulting in an explosion and fire.
  • $5,000,000 settlement in a wrongful death case in which a father was killed in an auto accident .
  • $5,000,000 settlement in a this wrongful death case in which a bar permitted a man to continue to drink alcoholic beverages before he started driving. That man then drove while intoxicated, killing a father of two children.
  • $5,000,000 recovery in New York County in a wrongful death case for the widow of a physician struck and killed by an N.Y.P.D. tow truck while he was riding his bike on the Green Way on the West Side when the truck made a right turn onto the path and crashed into him. The decedent was not wearing a helmet.
  • $4,800,000 verdict for the wrongful death of an 8 year old child killed as the result of the negligence of a truck driver .
  • $3,500,000 recovery in Suffolk County for the death of a DEA agent killed when the cesspool at his home collapsed.
  • $3,025,000 verdict for the wrongful death of a woman in a New York Car/Bus Accident Affirmed By New York Appellate Division, Second Department.
  • $2,975,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a New York construction worker who was killed when a 3000-pound concrete wall panel fell on him when the hoist securing the wall panel broke because it was insufficient to support the weight.
  • $2,600,000 recovery for the death of a man struck by a car while sitting in a restaurant when the car crashed through the window.
  • $2,200,000 settlement in a construction accident case on behalf for the death of a laborer in a construction accident.
  • $1,000,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a delivery driver who died as the result of the medical malpractice of two cardiologists

If you lost a loved one as a result of an accident, medical malpractice or defective product, please contact our firm to discuss your case.

Disclaimer: Please be advised that the results achieved in any given case depend upon the exact facts and circumstances of that case. Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf cannot guarantee a specific result in any legal matter. Any testimonial or case result listed on this site is based on an actual legal case and represents the results achieved in that particular case, and does not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction of the outcome of any other legal matter.

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