Mercer County Wrongful Death Lawyers
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Mercer County is New Jersey's capital county and is home to 366,000 people. As a bustling center for education, culture, and commerce in the state, Mercer County has everything: universities, such as Princeton, office buildings, shopping centers, residential neighborhoods, restaurants, historical sites, as well as quite a few major highways and commuter rail and light rail systems. Unfortunately, as with any major metropolitan area, accidents are common. While many of these accidents cause injury, there are also tragic incidents that result in the death of innocent people; and these accidents may have been prevented.
There is nothing more devastating than losing a loved one as the result of another's negligent or reckless actions. At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our Mercer County injury attorneys are committed to helping grieving families get justice and rightful compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. If you're family has suffered as the result of another's negligence, call us today at (609) 240-0040 to find out about your legal rights and options.
New Jersey Wrongful Death Laws
Filing a wrongful death claim can help you and your family get the closure and financial compensation you need to put your lives back together after such a tragic event. The first step in deciding whether or not you want to take legal action is determining whether it is even possible.
According to New Jersey Permanent Statute 2A:31-1, when the death of a person is caused by a neglect, wrongful act, or default (mistake) that would have given the victim the right to file a personal injury claim should the death not have occurred, then their family can file a wrongful death claim on their behalf.
Grounds for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Mercer County
The above law granting grieving family members the right to hold at-fault parties responsible for the death of their loved one is fairly straightforward, if you are familiar with the common incidents that are considered "a wrongful act, neglect, or default." While not a complete list, if your loved one's fatal accident was caused by any of the following, you may have grounds for taking legal action:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Hazardous roadways
- Dangerous property conditions
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
Statute of Limitations
New Jersey law limits the amount of time that you have to file a wrongful death claim, so it is not a decision to wait too long to make. Any action brought against another for the wrongful death of a loved one must be started within two years after the death. It is okay if it is started before the two years are up, but it then carries over into the next year.
Mercer County Wrongful Death Attorneys Dedicated to Obtaining Justice for Your Loved One
Suddenly losing a loved one in a devastating accident is horrible, but is made even worse when it was someone else's fault. The Mercer County wrongful death lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can aggressively pursue justice on your behalf. By holding the negligent party accountable, you can not only get closure and obtain the money you need to move on with your life, but you can also help keep such incidents from happening again. Whether you decide to take legal action or not, it is important to make an informed decision. Call us today to discuss your options at (609) 240-0040.
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