New York Wrongful Death Attorneys

Sorry to hear about your loss

Losing a loved one to negligence or wrongdoing is a devastating experience that leaves a void in your life. At Schwartzapfel Lawyers, we understand the emotional and financial challenges that come with such a loss and are committed to supporting you with our personalized and compassionate legal representation.

With more than (150) years of combined experience in successfully handling wrongful death claims, we will strive to bring justice to your case while easing your pain during this difficult time.

Call us now at 516-342-2200 and let Schwartzapfel Lawyers stand by your side as we work tirelessly to recover the financial compensation you deserve.

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Do You Have Questions About Your
Wrongful Death Case?

Have you obtained a copy of the death certificate?

Securing the death certificate for your loved one stands as one of the first and most important steps to take in this process. This is because this official document is vital to proving the cause of death and establishing a connection to the wrongful death claim.


At Schwartzapfel Lawyers, our compassionate legal team can offer assistance in the process of obtaining a death certificate, ensuring that all necessary paperwork is completed accurately and promptly, and beyond. With Schwartzapfel Lawyers handling your wrongful death claim, you can focus on healing while we take care of everything else.

Are you collecting evidence for your wrongful death case?

Collecting evidence after a wrongful death is vital to get the intended results in your case. Proper evidence gathering assists in identifying the cause of death and deciding if it resulted from negligence or malpractice.


Gathering evidence, including witness testimonies, law enforcement reports, medical documents, and security camera footage, strengthens the case by offering tangible proof of the situation surrounding the incident.

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Have you notified your insurance company about the wrongful death?

In the aftermath of a wrongful death accident, it is crucial to promptly notify all relevant insurance companies. As a top-rated law firm, Schwartzapfel Lawyers understands the importance of timely communication with insurers to protect your interests and ensure a smooth claims process. 


When you call 516-342-2200 today, our experienced wrongful death attorneys can help guide you through all the steps, including gathering required documentation and filing claims with appropriate parties. With the assistance of our skilled legal team, you can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to maximize your potential for optimal financial compensation.

Have you spoken with a lawyer who specializes in wrongful death cases?

When faced with the devastating consequences of a wrongful death accident, seeking the counsel of a knowledgeable and compassionate wrongful death attorney is essential. At Schwartzapfel Lawyers, our dedicated legal professionals will work tirelessly to secure the justice and compensation you are entitled to.



With our extensive experience handling wrongful death cases, we are well-versed in the intricacies of the legal system and will use our knowledge to develop a robust strategy tailored to your unique circumstances. By partnering with our accomplished attorneys, you can rest assured that your case is in capable hands, increasing the likelihood of a favorable outcome and providing the peace of mind you need during this difficult time.

Wrongful Death Accident FAQs

What does wrongful death mean?
Wrongful death is when someone else’s wrongdoing causes injuries that result in the death of another. Because the laws regarding wrongful death cases differ significantly from state to state, it is important to consult with a highly experienced attorney who is familiar with the wrongful death laws in question.
What damages can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit in New York?

In a wrongful death lawsuit, the goal is to seek compensation for the financial and emotional losses suffered by the family as a result of their loved one’s untimely passing.


The types of damages that may be recovered include funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses incurred prior to the death, lost wages and benefits, loss of companionship, and emotional pain and suffering. Our dedicated wrongful death attorneys will work diligently to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation possible, helping to ease the financial burden that often accompanies such a loss.

How do I know if I have a valid wrongful death claim?
Determining whether you have a valid wrongful death claim can be a complex process that requires the knowledge of a seasoned wrongful death attorney. We will carefully review the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death, gather evidence, and consult with qualified professionals to establish the other party’s liability. If we believe that your case has merit, we will pursue your claim, seeking justice for your loved one and the compensation your family is entitled to.
What constitutes a “wrongful act” in a wrongful death lawsuit?
In a wrongful death lawsuit, a wrongful act refers to any illegal, negligent, or reckless behavior that leads to a person’s death. This includes but is not limited to negligent driving in auto and motorcycle accidents, healthcare negligence in medical malpractice cases, and defective products that cause fatal injuries. Our wrongful death lawyers are skilled in identifying these acts and holding the responsible parties accountable.
How does the law office of Schwartzapfel Lawyers determine the financial support lost due to a wrongful death?
Our law firm works diligently to calculate the financial support lost, including potential future earnings, medical bills, and other contributions the decedent would have made. This assessment is crucial in a wrongful death claim to ensure that surviving family members receive the compensation they are entitled to for their financial losses.
Are punitive damages awarded in wrongful death cases?
Punitive damages may be awarded in some wrongful death cases, especially if the at-fault party’s actions were particularly egregious or reckless. These damages serve as a punishment and a deterrent against similar future conduct. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys can guide you on whether punitive damages might be applicable in your specific case.
What role does a personal representative play in a wrongful death action?
A personal representative, often a surviving spouse or family member, is responsible for filing the wrongful death suit on behalf of the deceased person’s estate. This individual acts as the point of contact for our law office and plays a critical role in the legal process, from the case evaluation to potential settlement or trial.
How do different types of accidents, like truck and bicycle accidents, impact a wrongful death lawsuit?

The nature of the accident — whether it’s a truck, car, motorcycle, or bicycle accident — can influence the legal action taken in a wrongful death lawsuit. Different types of cases may involve unique state laws, duty of care standards, and specific elements for holding responsible parties accountable. Our wrongful death lawyers are experienced in handling a variety of personal injury cases and will tailor their approach based on the specifics of the accident.

What is the role of a skilled personal injury attorney in cases involving nursing home deaths?

In wrongful death cases involving nursing homes, a seasoned personal injury attorney investigates to determine if negligence or a wrongful act led to the fatal injuries. This could involve examining healthcare records, staffing practices, and the overall care environment. Our law firm is committed to holding negligent parties accountable and ensuring justice for the deceased and their families.

How does a “survival action” differ from a wrongful death suit?
A survival action is a legal claim focused on the pain and suffering endured by the decedent before their death, while a wrongful death suit seeks compensation for the losses experienced by the surviving family members. Both claims can be pursued simultaneously, and our experienced wrongful death attorneys can guide you through this complex legal process.
What should families consider regarding the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death action in New York?

Yes, wrongful death claims can arise from workplace accidents, especially if the fatal accident occurred due to employer negligence or a hazardous work environment. Our skilled attorneys have more than (150) years of combined experience successfully handling personal injury claims involving workplace accidents and are ready and eager to help with yours starting today.

Can wrongful death claims involve workplace accidents?

In cases of wrongful death due to medical malpractice, our legal team works closely with medical professionals to review healthcare records, identify breaches in the standard of care, and establish a direct link between medical negligence and the wrongful death. In this way and many others, we are committed to making sure that affected families receive justice and adequate financial compensation for their loss.

Remember: Each wrongful death case is unique, and the experienced wrongful death attorneys Schwartzapfel Lawyers are here to offer personalized legal assistance. For more detailed information, or to schedule your free consultation, please dial 516-342-2200 and allow us to fight for you every step of the way!

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