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Harris Keenan & Goldfarb


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Losing a loved one due to a fatal accident or wrongful act is an incredibly challenging experience. At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, we understand the profound impact such a loss has on families. Our legal team and a wrongful death attorney will ensure you receive the compensation you deserve to find justice for your loved one.

Did a Loved One of Yours Suffer a Fatal Accident Due to Another’s Negligence?

As experienced New York personal injury lawyers, we are committed to guiding you through the legal process with compassion and expertise. Our law firm stands ready as your New York wrongful death attorney. We offer free case evaluations and staunchly advocating for the rights and compensation of victims and their families.

Understanding Wrongful Death Claims in New York City

Wrongful death lawsuits in New York are complex and require a nuanced understanding of local laws and the legal process. A wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the negligence or wrongful act of another. The wrongful death lawsuit is brought forward by the estate of the deceased, representing their interests and seeking compensation for survivors.

Key Elements

Key elements of a wrongful death case include proving negligence led to the death, establishing the damages suffered by the survivors, and navigating New York’s specific requirements for filing a claim, such as the two-year statute of limitations.

The Process

The process typically involves an investigation into the circumstances of the death, filing insurance claims, negotiating settlements, and possibly going to trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached. As your wrongful death attorneys in New York, Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb is here to handle every step, ensuring your rights are protected and striving for the justice your loved one deserves.

How We Help

A New York wrongful death lawsuit aims to provide financial compensation to the deceased’s survivors while addressing the limitations imposed by New York State law, such as the specific time frame within which the lawsuit must be filed.

Why Choose a Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb Wrongful Death Lawyer?

Choosing Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb for your wrongful death claim means selecting a firm with a proven track record of success in representing families during their most difficult times. Our wrongful death attorneys are deeply knowledgeable about New York’s wrongful death laws and bring a compassionate approach to each case. We understand the emotional and financial toll of losing a loved one and work tirelessly to secure the compensation you need to support your family’s future.

At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, we handle all aspects of your wrongful death claim, from thorough investigations to dealing with insurance companies and opposing counsel. Check out our client results to see how committed we are to achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family, allowing you to focus on healing.

Types of Wrongful Death Cases Our Law Firm Handles

Our expertise covers a wide range of wrongful death claims, including those resulting from:




  • Defective products


  • Premises liability


Each type of case requires a unique approach, and our team has the experience and resources to tackle the challenges they present. Whether your loved one was taken too soon due to a reckless or drunk driver, a negligent employer, or a faulty product, we are here to help you find justice.

Additionally, we have extensive experience in handling cases resulting from a fatal accident, emphasizing our commitment to securing justice for the families affected, both emotionally and financially.

Get a Free Consultation from a New York Wrongful Death Lawyer

If you’re facing the aftermath of a loved one’s wrongful death, you don’t have to navigate this challenging time alone. Contact Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb for a free consultation with a New York wrongful death lawyer. We’ll discuss your case, explain your options, and outline how we can support you through this process. With Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, you’ll find not just legal expertise, but a compassionate team dedicated to standing up for you and your loved one’s memory. Call us today at 800-PAIN-LAW to start the conversation and take the first step towards seeking justice for your family.

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Working with Harris Keenan & Goldfarb

STEP 1Submit Your Case for a Free Evaluation

Provide us with the details of your situation for a comprehensive and free evaluation. It’s important for us to understand the specifics of your case thoroughly. While submission does not guarantee our representation, every case is reviewed meticulously to assess how we can offer our support.

STEP 2We Handle the Details, You Focus on Recovery

If we proceed with your case, our experienced legal team will manage every aspect of your case, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery. From rigorous investigations to handling all negotiations and paperwork, we ensure that every detail is covered with the utmost professionalism and dedication.

STEP 3Pursue Comprehensive Compensation

Should we represent you, our aim is to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. This includes covering medical bills, compensating for lost wages, and addressing pain and suffering. We commit to diligently advocating for your rights, striving for a resolution that supports your recovery and future well-being..

How a New York City Injury Lawyer Can Help:


Investigate your case and get the evidence needed to build a strong case


Help submit insurance claims


Make sure you get the medical treatment you need


Communicate and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf


File paperwork and make sure no deadlines are missed


Represent you in court, if necessary


Get full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages

Over $500 Million in Verdicts and Settlements

Our track record showcases over $500 million won for our clients. Each victory underlines our commitment to justice and client care. Explore our impact, case by case.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Mr. Vargas $17.5 million for the City of New York’s violation of his civil rights for failing to provide him medical care while in custody. The jury found that the police officers involved failed to provide the necessary medical treatment and awarded $17.5 million to Mr. Vargas.



Harris Keenan & Goldfarb partners Seth Harris and Sheri Holland obtained a $4,730,398.00 jury verdict on behalf of our client who tripped and fell at a private apartment building in the Bronx, suffering a broken foot that developed a very painful, permanent neurological condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (“RSD”).



A Bronx jury awarded John Doe over $12 million for an accident on a construction site. John Doe was working when a piece of scaffold weighing 35 pounds fell, striking John Doe in the lower back. John Doe suffered a herniated disc requiring surgical removal of a portion of the disc and permanent nerve damage.



A Bronx jury awarded $10.5 million to the mother of Malcolm Ferguson, who was wrongfully shot and killed by the New York City Police Department. The police officer, Louis Rivera, also a defendant in the case, was found to have used excessive force in violation of Malcolm Ferguson’s civil rights as protected under the United States Constitution.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff William Cardoza $4 million for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Mr. Cardoza was pepper-sprayed and repeatedly hit with a police nightstick. As a result, Mr. Cardoza sustained injuries to his hand and finger.



The firm’s client, a 33-year-old teacher’s assistant, was scalded by an espresso machine that exploded while the defendant’s employee was demonstrating how the machine worked. The client was a customer at the defendant’s coffee shop on the date of the accident and suffered first-degree burns to her right (dominant) hand.



The firm represented the mother- decedent and her infant son. During the decedent’s admission to the defendant hospital, the defendant dispensed anesthesia during an epidural to the decedent in an inadequate manner. The mother-decedent suffered personal injuries and wrongful death due to the defendant’s failure to properly administer epidural anesthesia.



Mr.Brennan fell from approximately 25 feet while working on a construction project. He suffered a shattered bone in his right leg requiring surgery and hardware placement. Mr. Brennan also suffered two fractures in his facial bones, and a dislocated finger requiring surgical repair.



The firm’s client was a child with cerebral palsy who was injured as a result of medical malpractice. The firm’s clients claimed improper management of pregnancy, labor, and delivery resulting in brain damage, and received a Brooklyn personal injury settlement.



The firm’s client, a 63-year-old mentally incompetent man, slipped and fell in his own urine while attempting to walk to the bathroom at the defendant’s senior citizen home. The client fractured his hip and as a result is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The client claimed that the staff of the home failed to properly care for him, and the jury awarded $1,677,835.



The firm’s client, a 47-year-old male, slipped and fell on a public sidewalk in the Bronx. It had snowed four to five days prior to the date of the accident, and the sidewalk was covered with ice. The client suffered a lumbar fracture and a herniated disc. The jury found the city liable and awarded the client a $2,995,000 personal injury settlement in the Bronx.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Luis Molina $2.61 million for injuries sustained when he fell down a subway station stairway. Mr. Molina was caused to slip and fall as a result of a plastic bag that had blown onto the steps from a street opening. As a result of the fall, Mr. Molina suffered a herniated disc and a tear of his right shoulder’s rotator cuff. The jury found that the NYC Transit Authority was liable for the accident.



A Bronx jury awarded Ms. Colon $2.25 million for a trip and fall accident. Ms. Colon was caused to fall when she moved to the right to allow another pedestrian to pass, and her foot rolled to the outside due to the sidewalk being unlevel with the adjoining grass. The jury found the defendant liable and awarded Ms. Colon $2,253,714.00 for her pain and suffering.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Arvella Floyd $1.9 million for a fractured wrist which required multiple surgeries, including an open-reduction internal fixation and a carpal tunnel release. Ms. Floyd was injured when the hot water knob of the shower fell off after numerous complaints to the superintendent, and scalding water spewed toward her, causing her to
fall and break her wrist.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Juanita Young $1,350,000 for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Ms. Young, who is legally blind, was handcuffed from behind, with her children watching, and taken to the top of the stairs to exit the building. The officer proceeded to push her down the stairs multiple times.

What Our Clients Say About Us

Angelo Del GuercioAngelo Del Guercio
20:03 11 May 24
Horrible people. I lost complete confidence in this firm. Attorneys dragged their feet for 4 years and my mom died before a settlement could be reached. I advised them several times that my mom was sick to put fire under their feet but the effort was to no avail.
david Santiagodavid Santiago
18:05 21 Mar 24
Maria RoqueMaria Roque
20:49 15 Mar 24
Excellent person, very Professional, they assist you in any language, your call is always answered. I recommend you for any case of support you have, your refund is satisfactory. and fast
14:09 02 Mar 24
I am completely satisfied, and recommend Harris Keenan & Goldfarb as Attorneys to represent anyone. Their care for me physically, and overall helped me stay strong in spite of my injuries. Always available to answer questions, and inform.They got me Justice, and achieved a substantial outcome for my case.I am very impressed, and thankful for their outstanding performance on my behalf.I am very pleased, and significantly satisfied with their representation.‐-Sherylon Wilkins
Robert LennonRobert Lennon
15:26 21 Feb 24
Patient and diligence is how I describe the effort of HKG the work was thorough, honest and fair, I have no complaints. Special thanks to attorney Blake and his paralegal Thierry.
Gene Matos (fanboye)Gene Matos (fanboye)
18:48 15 Jan 24
I first crossed paths with Seth Harris when serving jury duty many years ago. He was so professional and personable, that when my mom was seeking legal counsel for medical malpractice, I told her she had to reach out to his firm. We had meetings with a few different firms, but Harris Keenan & Goldfarb was the only firm that did not try to get us to sign paperwork before even meeting. They took the time to listen and understand our situation before we signed anything, and they were transparent and responsive the whole time. I would like to give special thanks to Samantha Walton, Marla Stein, Val Wallace and Seth Harris for helping my mom through this tough time. They were honest and upfront, and even though Seth Harris wasn't personally on the case, he took the time to meet with us and give us his thoughts on it.
Solange IsaacSolange Isaac
17:52 08 Jan 24
I am pleased with the services provided by Ms Sheri on my case. The team at Harris, Keenan, & Goldfarb were very nice and explained everything to me. Everything that I had questions on they answered without frustration and were prompt and knowledgeable.6 years ago I had a slip and fall accident at my employers place of business. I reached out to them because I knew that I was being wrongfully treated. They took care of the case, restored my self confidence, and brought so much peace to my problem riddled life.I can recommend without a shadow of a doubt the services of Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb to anyone who is in need of someone who will have your back!
Brittany DempseyBrittany Dempsey
16:02 08 Jan 24
My mother had an accident with her ankle back in 2019. I immediately contacted Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb on the day of the accident. They were extremely prompt and helpful. They attended to my mother's case beautifully and she's been recovering well. I'd like to thank you for being so diligent, kind and above all professional. I'd recommend this law firm to anyone who are injured and in need of legal assistance. My mother, Andrea, and I thank you for everything.
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New York Wrongful Death Claim FAQs

Understanding the complexities of wrongful death claims can be overwhelming, especially during a time of loss. To help you navigate this challenging period, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. These answers aim to provide a general overview and help orient those seeking legal assistance. For more detailed information, we encourage contacting a New York wrongful death lawyer from Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb at 800-PAIN-LAW for a free case review.

  • What Constitutes a Wrongful Death Claim in New York?

    A wrongful death claim in New York arises when a person’s death is caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another party. To qualify, the deceased must have been able to pursue a personal injury claim had they survived. This claim seeks compensation for the survivors and the estate for losses related to the death, including funeral expenses, lost income, and emotional distress.

  • Who is Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Claim in New York?

  • What Types of Damages are Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Claim?

  • How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in New York?

  • Can I Sue for Wrongful Death If My Loved One Died Due to Medical Malpractice?

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