Middlesex County Wrongful Death Lawyers
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Like other New Jersey counties, Middlesex County follows New Jersey law when it comes to wrongful death cases. A "wrongful death" occurs when the negligence of a person or company causes the death of another person. Many wrongful deaths occur when an accident causes fatal injuries. Auto accidents and on-the-job accidents cause wrongful deaths all too often, but other types of accidents may also result in an untimely death and a fatal injury claim.
In these cases, the spouse, sibling, child, or parent of a deceased person may bring a claim in court for compensation, just as the deceased person could have if he or she had survived the accident or injury. Since New Jersey's wrongful death laws can be complex, it's wise to seek the help of the experienced team at Lependorf & Silverstein.
New Jersey sets a time limit, or "statute of limitations," on the time you have to file your wrongful death claim after an accident or injury. In New Jersey, this time limit is generally two years from the date of the accident or injury that caused the death.
Because many factors can affect this time limit, however, it's important to speak to a Middlesex County personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to ensure you do not run out of time to file your claim. If you file your claim after the two years are up, you may be barred from bringing it to court at all.
Wrongful death claims have two primary goals: to show that the negligence of another individual or company was responsible for a loved one's death, and to seek compensation to cover the financial costs related to that person's loss. While a wrongful death claim cannot restore a person to life, it can help a family move forward after a death by providing needed compensation for costs like:
- medical bills related to the accident or injury;
- funeral costs and burial expenses;
- lost wages, including the loss of future income the deceased person would otherwise have earned; and
- loss of consortium, such as the loss of care and companionship and of household services the deceased person would have performed.
When choosing an attorney, it's important to start with a law firm that offers a free, no-obligation consultation. This way, you can learn about your legal rights and discuss whether your wrongful death claim is worth pursuing, without any obligation on your behalf. Second, ask any attorneys you speak to whether they have experience winning wrongful death cases, including cases similar to the situation you face.
The compensation a successful wrongful death claim can provide can help you and your family take care of day-to-day affairs, so that you can focus on grieving and on celebrating the life of the person you loved. That's why, the experienced South Brunswick attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., are dedicated to providing outstanding representation to each family we represent in a wrongful death case. For a free consultation, contact us at (609) 240-0040 today.
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