White Plains Wrongful Death Lawyers Fight for Full Compensation
Sensitive counsel and aggressive civil prosecution
The death of a loved one always brings profound sorrow. But when that death was preventable, and occurred only because someone was negligent or reckless, it stirs additional emotions: anger, outrage and even despair. Since our founding in 1987, Timko & Moses, LLP has helped distressed families cope with the sudden loss of a parent, spouse or child. We’ve managed these cases with the utmost sensitivity while aggressively seeking the maximum compensation possible. You’ll find our attorneys in White Plains to be:
- Experienced — Our wrongful death litigation lawyers have more than 60 years of combined courtroom experience. Because wrongful death cases are high stakes and high profile, we immediately prepare for trial. In most instances, our determination does compel a fair settlement. However, you have so much riding on the outcome, that we must anticipate the need to obtain justice through trial and verdict. Our seasoned attorneys are admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, including federal court.
- Responsive — For our firm to represent you successfully, we must have open communication and mutual trust. Trust begins when you know we’ve heard you. You can rely on our attorneys to listen attentively and act upon your concerns. We’re committed to keeping you fully informed of every aspect of your case.
- Accessible — Communication must be a two-way street. When you retain our services, you get direct access to the attorney who manages your case from start to finish. Our attorneys and staff can also provide bilingual service to our Spanish-speaking clients.
What is the difference between wrongful death and homicide?
In a homicide case, the District Attorney prosecutes on behalf of The People. In a wrongful death lawsuit, a personal injury attorney prosecutes on behalf of the victim’s relatives. Homicide, or murder, is a crime that requires intent. The perpetrator, in the performance of the act, must intend for the victim to die, or must have such a gross disregard for human life, that he might just as well have intended the death. It’s the intent that makes the act a crime punishable by prison.
Wrongful death usually results from an accident, where the person who caused the tragedy just wasn’t acting responsibly. A person who fusses with his CD player while driving doesn’t intend to hit a pedestrian — he just hasn’t acted responsibly enough to avoid it. The driver can’t be tried criminally for murder, but may be liable for wrongful death. However, we should note that a person who commits murder is always liable for wrongful death.
In a homicide case, The People right the wrong by convicting the murder and sending him or her to prison. In wrongful death, the plaintiff demands compensation from the perpetrator for the loss of a loved one. Money is a poor substitute for the loving presence of a parent, spouse or child, but it does remedy the financial problems that the wrongful death caused, including:
- Loss of income, projected over the normal lifespan of the deceased
- Medical bills and funeral expenses
- Loss of services to the home, especially in the case of a stay-at-home parent
Plaintiffs can also recover monetary compensation for loss of companionship and nurturance.
Contact Timko & Moses, LLP to discuss your wrongful death case free of charge
As with all injury cases, our firm accepts wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis, so we never charge upfront legal fees. To schedule a free consultation for your premises liability accident, call 914-993-0600 or contact us online. We look forward to discussing your case with you. Hablamos español — llame a 914.993.0250.