Wrongful Death

The Firm is committed to protecting individuals and families against unsafe products, as well as from negligent conduct and gross malfeasance by private actors and governmental entities. We have represented individuals and estates in state and federal court actions as well as pre-litigation negotiations.

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Representative Cases:

  • Carey v. Slingerland – The Firm represented the parents of Jonathan Carey, a 13-year old boy who was brutally killed by a New York State employee at OD Heck, a New York State facility for the disabled where Jonathan resided. The case was settled for $5 million.
  • Estate of Esther Penn v. Jaros, Baum & Bolles – The Firm represented the family of a woman who was asphyxiated in a vault while working for a financial institution.
  • Estate of Kim Barry – The Firm represented the estate of Kim Barry, a NYU Law graduate killed in a tragic car accident.
  • Mann v. Walder – Together with Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, the Firm represents the estate of Emil Mann, a member of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation who was shot to death by an officer of the New Jersey Park Police.
  • Hagerman v. Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya – The Firm represented 32 family members of passengers on Pan Am Flight 103, which was bombed over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1989, in an action against Libya under federal anti-terrorism and state tort law.
  • Lane v. Con Edison – The Firm obtained a $7.2 million settlement on behalf of the family and estate of Jodie Lane, who was electrocuted by an improperly maintained metal plate while walking her dogs.
  • Livermore v. City of New York – The Firm represented the family of a man who died while incarcerated on Rikers Island due to untreated alcohol withdrawal. The case ultimately settled for $2 million.
  • Banks v. City of New York – The Firm successfully settled this wrongful death case with the City for $1.1 million, and then secured a jury verdict against the police officer. In doing so, the Firm won a landmark legal victory, obtaining “loss of life” damages for the first time in a civil rights case in the Second Circuit.
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