Your NJ Lawyers For Wrongful Death
Wrongful death cases occur when a decedent estate files a legal claim against the person causing the death. These cases are extremely difficult for families. Not only must they deal with their grief over the passing of a loved one, they must also handle a very complicated legal situation. If you have lost a family member or friend, one of our qualified wrongful death lawyers can handle the litigation while you are given time to recover from your loss.
Wrongful Death Compensation in New Jersey
Although no amount of compensation can truly compensate for the loss of a loved one, there are several damages that are available to survivors of a wrongful death victim. Accidents that result in injuries to someone followed by death are governed by two damage concepts.
The non-death damages relate to those injuries suffered by the person prior to the death and are compensated by ordinary damage principles – monetary compensation for pain, suffering, wage loss, medical bills, etc. This monetary compensation becomes part of the decedent’s estate following the death.
Death damages are governed by the Wrongful Death Statute, which disallows any monetary compensation to the decedent for his or her death. However, the law does allow those who have been financially damaged due to the death to make a claim against those causing the death. For example, a surviving spouse has a claim for:
- Reimbursement for the loss of any future income of the decedent
- Reimbursement for all medical expenses incurred as a result of the negligence
- Reimbursement for daycare, night care or tutoring
- Reimbursement for property damage, if applicable
- Reimbursement for any future services normally provided to you by the person who has died
- Reimbursement for loss of consortium, meaning a spouse’s right to the companionship, help and affection from the person who has died.
A spouse is not the only person who can file a claim under the Wrongful Death Statute. For instance, a child or grandchild may have a claim under the Wrongful Death Statute if the decedent promised to pay for their college tuition. Also, a friend of the decedent may also have a claim under the Wrongful Death Statute if the decedent provided advice or companionship to the friend.
These damages can be substantial, but the cases are complicated. We understand how emotional these cases can be, and we have the expertise to help.
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We are Your Neighbors, Your Lawyers for wrongful death claims. Feel free to call us at one of our eight convenient neighborhood locations, or chat with us today to discuss the claims caused to your loved one.