One should know who can bring a wrongful death lawsuit in the Garden State. Those eligible are the decedent’s spouse, children, grandchildren, parents, siblings and nieces or nephews. So long as you meet those qualifications, you may file suit for incidents based on negligence, medical malpractice and intentional acts, including crimes. If your loved one died as a result of another person’s negligence, please read on, then contact one of our experienced New Jersey wrongful death lawyers to learn what you should know about wrongful death claims in New Jersey.
What damages can you seek in a wrongful death claim in New Jersey?
It should go without saying that only survivors or the estate can receive monetary awards to compensate for economic damages resulting from the death. Such entities can recover a variety of damages in a wrongful death lawsuit, including the following:
- Loss of financial support, based on the compensation the deceased could reasonably have been expected to earn if he or she had lived
- Loss of companionship, care, advice and guidance
- The value of household services
- Medical, funeral and burial expenses related to the deceased’s final illness or injury.
How long do you have to file a wrongful death claim in New Jersey?
According to New Jersey’s statute of limitations, you typically have two years, from the date of the person’s death, to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Exceptions apply, but you should not rely on the state’s civil courts granting you extensions. If you lost a loved one to another person’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you should reach out to one of our skilled New Jersey personal injury lawyers to discuss your next steps.
What can an Essex County personal injury attorney do for you?
Pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit can be time-consuming, complicated and stressful, especially since you are already grieving the loss of your loved one. A knowledgeable and tactful Essex County personal injury attorney will fight for the compensation you and your family may be entitled to due to a third party’s negligent or wrongful conduct. Our firm will help preserve the rights of you and your loved ones while ensuring that you see to your responsibilities as they pertain to this case. With a qualified legal professional from our firm working on your behalf, you will have the best possible chance of succeeding. Very few defendants will own up to their wrongdoing and pay what they owe, so please give us a call today.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
If you or someone you know has sustained an injury, whether on the job, on the road, due to a medical professional’s negligence, or otherwise, our firm is here. Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC has helped countless victims of negligence over the years, and we are ready to do the same for you. Contact our firm today so we can get started.