There are time-sensitive deadlines, called statutes of limitations, which restrict the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. In NY, the deadline is 2 years from when the person passed away. You will lose your eligibility to receive compensation if you do not file by the deadline.
There are certain exceptions to this rule. For example, if the only person entitled to file a wrongful death claim is a minor child, the statute of limitations may be extended until the child is 18 years old.
No amount of money will bring back your loved one, but sometimes it helps pay bills and ensures your family can carry on without the finacial support of the person who died. Please contact the Law Offices of Goldstein and Bashner today at 516-222-4000 to schedule your free wrongful death consultation. Our compassionate lawyers will answer any questions you may have.