Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Lawyers in New York City

Wrongful Death Claims in New York

Losing a loved one in a fatal accident – especially when the loss resulted from someone else's negligence – is a traumatic, difficult time. While grieving your loss is the most important consideration, it is also important to consider the potential for a wrongful death claim. For many families that have lost their primary financial provider, wrongful death compensation might be the only means of income for the foreseeable future, so hiring the right wrongful death attorney could be a matter of survival.

Contact Restivo & Murphy LLP today at (800) 997-9109 to schedule a free consultation with our New York City wrongful death attorneys.

Seeking Maximum Compensation for Your Losses

At Restivo & Murphy LLP, our lawyers represent clients in Long Island, Suffolk County, and Nassau County, as well as throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City.

With more than 60 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys can help you obtain damage award compensation for:

  • Loss of income
  • Loss of support and services
  • Medical and funeral costs
  • Pain and suffering the deceased experienced before death
  • Punitive damages

Every case is different. Certain damage awards for noneconomic losses and punitive damages are not available as a general rule. But there are circumstances that allow for these damages, which could substantially increase your overall compensation award.

Our attorneys have a reputation for maximizing our clients' compensation awards. We take the time to research every possible avenue for compensation, and we fight aggressively in the courtroom to make sure each client obtains the maximum level of compensation available. We are committed to doing everything we can to make sure you earn the maximum award possible in your case.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in New York?

In New York, a wrongful death claim may only be filed by the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. A family member is not entitled to file a wrongful death claim unless he or she is also the personal representative of the decedent’s estate.

The personal representative may file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for:

  • Losses suffered by the decedent’s estate
  • Losses suffered by the decedent’s heirs, beneficiaries, or devisees

The specific damages awarded are dependent on the specific facts of each case. If damages are awarded, the personal representative will hold the compensation in trust for those individuals to whom the proceeds belong.

Time Limits for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in NYC

In all wrongful death cases in the state of New York, there is a statute of limitations that determines how long the decedent’s personal representative has to file a claim. Currently, a wrongful death claim must be filed within 2 years of the date of the person’s death. If more than 2 years have passed, a claim may no longer be filed.

Contact Restivo & Murphy LLP

We take cases on contingency and we offer free consultations, so you will not be charged attorney fees unless we win your case.

Message us or call our New York City wrongful death lawyers at (800) 997-9109.

HEar it from our clients

  • The best of the best at this firm!

    “Let me just say they are the best of the best at this firm!! There is no one better than them!!!!!! I will tell anyone and everyone I know to go to Todd and Lonneke!! They kept me posted every single step of the way during my case.”

    - Kristie M.
  • You guys are a great team and the best firm out there

    “All I can say is if you want someone who is determined and committed to settling your case, Mr. Restivo is the attorney to do it for you! Mr. Restivo and Lonneke guided me all throughout the case.”

    - Guirlaine J.
  • Thank You!

    “I met these amazing people in 2009 when I was involved in a motorcycle accident in which I was a passenger, the level of professionalism that was extended to me was so phenomenal and heartwarming that I was drawn into them and felt like I was being treated”

    - Michael B.
  • Highly recommend this law firm!

    “I was in a life-threatening automobile accident that had me in the hospital for a month. Todd Restivo & Patrick Murphy were there from day one until now. They made sure I was taken care of throughout the entire process.”

    - Phil W.
  • Todd and his team gave me my life back

    “The settlement amount that Todd fought hard for me to get far exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend Todd and his staff to anyone who is nervous about their case being handled properly or anyone that is unsure which lawyer they should have hand”

    - Farah M.


  • $8,000,000 Fractured Pelvic & Urethral Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement for a 32-year-old bicyclist who was struck by a bus causing pelvic fractures and urethral injuries which required surgery.

  • $7,850,000 Neck, Back & Shoulder Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement for a woman who slipped and fell on snow and ice injuring her neck, back, and shoulder which required multiple surgeries.

  • $6,300,000 Fractured Foot & Amputation

    The verdict for a 47-year-old whose left foot was run over by a bus causing numerous foot fractures and the amputation of his big toe. The offer before trial was $1,050,000.

  • $4,250,000 Spinal Cord & Neck Injury

    We've recovered a settlement for a passenger involved in a motor vehicle accident with a tractor-trailer where the client sustained a spinal cord injury that required a neck surgery.

  • $4,025,000 Herniated Discs & Neck Surgery

    Resolution at the conclusion of trial for a 43-year-old who suffered herniated discs requiring neck surgery when his vehicle was struck by a school bus. The offer before trial was $75,000.

  • $3,700,000 Spinal Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement after a verdict in a liability trial for a 33-year-old construction worker who suffered spinal injuries in a work-related accident. The offer before the liability trial was $500,000.

  • $3,436,000 Neck Injuries

    A verdict for a 46-year-old man whose neck was injured by a falling traffic sign struck by a motor vehicle. The offer before trial was $325,000.

  • $2,850,000 Brachial Plexus Injury

    We've recovered a settlement in a motor vehicle accident case where the client sustained a brachial plexus injury with surgeries.

  • $2,500,000 Serious Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement after a verdict on liability in a motor vehicle accident case involving two clients who were passengers in an ambulette.

  • $2,000,000 Neck Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement for a 46-year-old woman whose prior neck condition was aggravated by a motor vehicle accident.


What Sets Us Apart?

  • Took a Verdict That Was One of the Top 10 in the United States
  • Recovered Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Injured Clients
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