Common Questions Following a New Jersey Child’s Wrongful Death
Recently, as a young mother and her 7-year old daughter stepped into the crosswalk at the corner of Van Buren Place and 61st Street in West New York, New Jersey, they had no idea the horror that was upon them. In seconds, a black Chevy Tahoe barreled through the intersection, running down the little girl and her mother as they made their way to School No.1. The mother suffered moderate injuries, while her daughter would not be so lucky. The first grader suffered fatal injuries and would later die. The driver did not stop and was eventually arrested for hit and run along with attempting to cover up the crime by lying to police.
After such a heinous act, it is only natural to wonder – what options are available for the parents of a child who has died via a wrongful death accident? What kind of compensation can be obtained on the behalf of the deceased? While it does depend on the circumstances involved, the state of New Jersey does permit the surviving parents of a deceased child to file a claim against the negligent party. The follow up to this usually is – how long do I have to file? Under New Jersey law, wrongful death claims must be filed within a two-year window. However, it is important to speak with a dedicated personal injury firm to find out what options you may have.
If you have recently suffered a wrongful death of a child in your family, please contact the personal injury team at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. for more information. With their help you may be able to obtain the damages that your family deserves. Let us help you fight the at-fault parties responsible for your damages. We can be reached at any time. Contact Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. today at (609) 240-0040.
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