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Wrongful Death Lawyers

Wrongful Death Lawyers in Elmira, New York

We are sorry if the death of a loved one has brought you to this page.….

We developed this page to assist those who face the life-altering emotional and financial consequences of losing a loved one because of another’s negligence or misconduct. Although we remain sensitive to our client’s emotional needs during this difficult time, our priority is taking care of their future financial requirements.

If you feel that your loved one has died because of someone else’s negligent, reckless or careless behavior, contact the Ziff Law Firm as soon as possible because prompt investigation of your case is critical to our success. We have a proven track record of achieving great results on behalf of our clients.

Our attorneys, Jim Reed and Adam Gee are familiar with the physical, emotional and financial damage that wrongful death can cause. We are a team of legal professionals that has provided skilled, aggressive and ethical legal services to residents of New York and Pennsylvania for more than 50 years.

Wrongful Death and Damages

In legal terms, wrongful death refers to a fatality that occurs because of the negligence or misdeeds of another person, corporation or entity. Part of the “personal injury” tort family, wrongful death holds an individual, group or corporation (defendant) accountable for causing injury to another person (plaintiff). The primary goal of a personal injury tort is to provide relief (damages) to the plaintiff and to deter the defendant from inflicting further harm to others. In a wrongful death action, consideration is given to the earnings the deceased would have provided to their family had they lived, and damages are awarded to survivors based on this monetary loss.

State laws vary as to who may pursue a wrongful death claim. Generally, it is the immediate family members (spouses, children and parents); however, some states allow grandparents, legal dependents or members of the extended family to file suit. The amount of damages awarded will depend on the plaintiff’s relationship to the deceased, while the compensation for damages may include compensation for the following:

  • Reimbursement for all medical expenses incurred as a result of the negligence.
  • Reimbursement for the loss of any future income.
  • Reimbursement for property damage, if applicable.
  • Reimbursement for any future services normally provided to you by the person who has died.
  • Reimbursement for loss of consortium, meaning a spouse’s right to the companionship, help and affection from the person who has died.
  • Reimbursement for any punitive damages if the negligence was found to be criminal.

 

Proving Negligence

Typically, wrongful death suits involve vehicular accidents (aviation, automobile, ATV, motorcycle, or railroad), defective products, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical liability, and a number of other situations. The common element in most tort actions is negligence, which is characterized by inattention, thoughtlessness, inadvertence, and mistakes. Negligence must be proven in wrongful death cases and the Ziff Law Firm is skilled in helping clients prove that the four critical components of negligence exist in their claim:
 

  1. The defendant had a duty to the deceased;
  2. The defendant failed in that duty (breach of duty);
  3. That the fatality was caused by the defendant’s breach of duty; and
  4. That the survivors are entitled to damages as a result of the loss of their loved one.

 
In addition to establishing negligence, the joint life expectancy of the deceased and the survivor or beneficiary must be presented (to establish the loss of future earnings), and the relationship of the survivor and deceased must also be shown. Finally, effective presentation of the non-economical or emotional loss suffered by the survivor is critical to a fair award of damages.

 

Experienced and Understanding Representation

If you feel that you have the basis for a wrongful death suit, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. We will outline the documentation required, the decisions that must be made, and will continue to guide you through the legal process.

At the Ziff Law Firm, we recognize the deep trust placed in us by our clients, and we strive to uphold that trust by working hard and fighting hard for our clients. We do the best we possibly can for every client on every case. So, please call Ziff Law Firm at 1–800-806‑2852, or save time with our online Contact Form.


Testimonials

  • I would like to personally Thank everyone at the Ziff Law Firm, especially Karen Wheadon for all that they have done for me regarding an injury that I sustained during a motor vehicle accident. Karen and Jim were very understanding and thoughtful when it came to my needs. When I needed answers, Karen always found time to answer the call. Mr. Reed is a very knowledgeable person when it comes to injury claims. Without this amazing team I would have been lost, when an injury is sustained and you feel like there is no one there to help you, you don’t know where to turn. I was fortunate enough to find this team who was willing to do what it took to help guide me through this process. I can’t begin to thank them enough for the hard work, long hours and dedication that they put into my case. I would be more than happy to refer anyone whom I know to this law firm, knowing that they would put as much dedication into the next case as they did mine.

    Frank Rugiero, Elmira, NY

  • My sister in law and I were involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident approximtely 1 1/2 years ago. We were broken physically and emotionally. A friend recommended Ziff Law Firm and more specifically Mr. Jim Reed. We hired Mr. Reed and his team and it was the best decision we could have made. Jim Reed is a fantastic attorney. Just as importantly he is a fantastic person. Mr. Reed never promised us the moon. He was careful to advise us of the good and the bad that could happen. Many places will tell you anything to get you as a client. This was not the case with Mr. Reed. I found his approach full of professionalism, kindness and compassion, integrity and patience. We never waited long for an answer to questions we might have and sometimes we got our answer after hours before the weekends start. Just as important, Jim can be a fighter when the time calls for it. Not only did Jim posess these quality’s his paralegal Karen Wheadon has them also.
    If you or your family or friends are in NEED of a stellar attorney and staff, look no further than Elmira NY. Jim Reed and the staff of Ziff Law Firm is the place you want on YOUR side.

    Terri O’Rourke, Big Flats, NY

  • Adam was my attorney for an auto accident I had in 2002. From the very first day I met him I was at ease talking with him. He always called me back with’in the day if I called him for any reason. He also had me in on several occasions to discuss my case. I was also very happy with the amount of settlement he was able to get for me. I would like to Thank Adam and the whole firm for the way I was treated during my suite.

    Mitzi Raymond

  • We just have to send you a note to let you know how pleased we are with the outcome of our case. Christina is a very intelligent lady who exudes professionalism. Her compassion and kindness put us at ease from the very early days of her becoming a part of our case. We felt she truly empathized with our dilemma. She not only understood our pain and fears, she lived it with us. (You, and all of the Ziff employees we came in contact with, made us feel you were there for us because you cared).

    Larry and Diane, NY

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