COVID-Related Deaths Attorney Serving New York State
Serving Families Throughout New York State Since 1998
Whether a death is caused by a work accident, hospital negligence, a motor vehicle accident, or another type of tragedy, it leaves emptiness and broken families. The wrongful death of a loved one not only leaves us without the company and presence of that person, but it also often leaves families in a financial bind, and with hospital expenses or steep funeral costs. Since the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic starting in late 2019, many contemporary wrongful death claims list a new cause.
At The Law Office of Jonathan B. Ripps, we believe that justice is served when everyday New Yorkers hold reckless and negligent individuals or corporations accountable for their wrongdoing. No one wants to have to speak with an attorney, especially during a time of great loss and suffering. If you have lost a loved one due to Covid-19 and believe their death should have been prevented, we are available to provide the straightforward and honest advice and counsel you need during this tough time.
What Is “Wrongful Death?”
In legal terms, a wrongful death occurs any time an individual is killed as a result of negligence or the careless, reckless, or intentional actions of another person or entity. In other words, if a death was preventable, it is likely considered “wrongful.”
Wrongful death can occur due to countless factors. At The Law Office of Jonathan B. Ripps, we assist clients who have lost loved ones due to:
Birth injuries, including injuries to both the child and the mother
Car, truck, motorcycle, and other types of motor vehicle accidents
Dangerous conditions and premises liability accidents
Daycare incidents and other accidents involving children
Defective products, including faulty medical devices and dangerous drugs
Illnesses contracted from one’s workplace
Medical malpractice and/or negligence
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
Workplace and work-related accidents, including construction accidents
These are some of the most devastating and complex cases we handle. Attorney Jonathan B. Ripps, Rockland County lawyer understands what you have been through and is here to help you navigate the legal process. We work tirelessly to secure the full, fair recovery you and your family are owed.
Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim for Covid-19?
In the state of New York, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim if your loved one died from Covid-19 under certain circumstances. For example, if your loved one’s employer ignored past executive orders or mandatory health guidelines and the conditions of their work led them to contract Covid-19 and subsequently pass away, you may be able to receive death benefits under workers’ compensation. Similarly, if a medical facility where your loved one was treated led them to contract and/or die from Covid-19, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim for wrongful death—however, the burden of proof would be on your shoulders. Without very strong evidence that a medical facility or professional was extremely negligent, you likely won’t have a claim at all.
Due to the ongoing proliferation of the virus, continued studies into how the virus spreads and mutates, and related political issues and debates, Covid-19 death-related lawsuits can be contentious and especially difficult to file. Your best course of action is to consult with an experienced local lawyer who understands wrongful death and workers’ compensation claims in the state of New York.
Contact Our Firm for the Legal Help You Deserve
At The Law Office of Jonathan B. Ripps, we will investigate your claim from all angles in order to consider every possible avenue for compensation so you and your loved ones can get back on your feet. All initial consultations at our firm are completely confidential and free and charge, so please do not hesitate to give us a call or send us a message regarding your case. We are here for you.