New Jersey Wrongful Death Attorneys
Get Help After Losing a Loved One in a Fatal Accident
Losing a loved one in a preventable accident is one of the most difficult experiences a person can endure. Not only do you have to deal with the unfathomable grief that naturally follows such a tragic incident, but you may also be subjected to financial hardship. In the face of such injustice, you may be asking yourself:
- How did this happen?
- Who was responsible?
- How will I get through this?
- Where will I get the money to pay medical and funeral bills?
Helping Families After a Fatal Accident
Please contact the New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. to discuss your potential claim. Do not take on more than you can handle during this vulnerable time. Instead, let our excellent legal staff handle your affairs so you can attend to your family and mourn your loved one's passing in peace. For a free consultation, call us today at (609) 240-0040.
The compassionate Princeton accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can help your family recover compensation after the wrongful death of your loved one.
A: If you lost a family member due to the wrongdoing of a person, corporation, government agency, or any other entity, that person's death is legally termed a "wrongful death." Under New Jersey law, the party or parties found to be partially or entirely at fault for the death, owe the surviving family members of the deceased monetary compensation for resulting financial losses. Your wrongful death claim can also give you an opportunity to exact justice in the form of financial compensation for less tangible losses such as companionship and, in some cases, assess punitive damages.
A: According to the New Jersey Wrongful Death Act and Survival Statute, surviving family members of the deceased may be able to sue for wrongful death. These family members who can file a wrongful death claim include the following:
If the deceased had no surviving family members, his or her estate may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.
A: Each state has its own statute of limitations, which is the span of time you have to file your lawsuit. Once that time has elapsed, you are usually unable to sue, even if the facts support a case for a wrongful death claim. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is typically two years from the date of the occurrence or accident that claimed your loved one's life. However, the specifics of your particular case may affect this limitation, so you should speak to a New Jersey accident attorney immediately, as to avoid running out of time.
A: You may seek compensation or reimbursement for any of the following that apply to your situation:
- Property damage
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future services
- Medical expenses
- Funeral costs
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering of the deceased after injury that caused death
- Punitive damages if death was caused by criminal negligence
A: It's, of course, impossible to answer this question without investigating the details of your wrongful death claim. Any attorney who guarantees or names an amount immediately is making up that number. There are many factors that go into determining the value of your wrongful death claim. This includes:
- If the victim was an income earner
- If the victim supported family members
- The cost of the victim's medical treatments before death
- The victim's pain and suffering
- The responsible party's level of negligence
We strive to provide our clients with the support and guidance that they need during this challenging time.
The Impact of Legal Action
Not only can a successful New Jersey wrongful death case expose the negligent party's dangerous oversight and help prevent similar acts of negligence from taking the lives of others in the future, it can also relieve the financial and emotional strain that a grieving family may be experiencing. The economic and non-economic damages that may be awarded through legal action can include the following:
- The costs of medical treatment and hospital care
- Past and future lost wages and benefits
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship, love, and service
Every wrongful death case is unique and the final damages will be calculated based on the specific circumstances of your claim.
Seeking Justice in New Jersey
No matter how black and white a fatal case may seem, it is still necessary to prove the other party's legal responsibility, or liability, which may take a significant amount of time. All of the proper evidence must be gathered and presented in an efficient manner. For example, witness testimony, medical records, and accident reconstruction reports will take time to acquire and organize. However, with an experienced New Jersey wrongful death lawyer working on your case, you and your family can focus on healing while your best interests are protected.
Every Case Matters
At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. we've seen firsthand how the lives of our clients can improve after a strongly built case brings them justice. As Princeton wrongful death lawyers, we put our legal experience and resources to use in every case so that negligent parties are held responsible for the life that they took.
Call (609) 240-0040 to speak with an experienced wrongful death lawyer today. We can help you understand the legalities surrounding your specific situation and can begin working on your case right away. But, you must take the first step and contact our firm.
Wrongful Death Verdicts and Settlements
- $875,000 Settlement - The estate of pedestrian struck and killed by automobile
- $500,000 Settlement - Fatal pedestrian accident
Please note that each case is unique. To learn more about what your case may be worth, please schedule a free consultation with us today. Click here for more verdicts and settlements.
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