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What do I Need to Know About Wrongful Death Claims in New Jersey?

Losing a loved one is a tragic experience in one’s life. This is especially so if it happens suddenly as a result of an accident due to the negligence of another party. This is known as a wrongful death. When a loved one is lost in a wrongful death accident, their family can pursue legal action against the negligent party. In doing so, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey wrongful death attorney to help your case. 

What is Wrongful Death?

In New Jersey, wrongful death cases can be brought to court if the death was caused by a “wrongful act, neglect, or default.” Unfortunately, there are many ways this can happen. They are typically seen in motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, criminal acts, defective products, and more. 

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

When a wrongful death happens, people often wonder who is eligible to file a claim on behalf of the deceased. In New Jersey, only certain people are allowed to do so. Those who were financially dependent on the deceased individual can pursue legal action against the negligent party. This can include spouses, minor children, adult children, parents, siblings, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. When pursuing legal action, it is important to know there is a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the death to do so.

What Can I Recover Compensation For?

Wrongful deaths often result in a variety of financial burdens. It is because of this that compensation may be awarded in the event of a successful case. In New Jersey, the following damages may be compensable:

  • Loss of future financial support the deceased would have brought in their lifetime
  • Funeral expenses
  • Medical expenses 
  • Loss of relationship, companionship, or emotional support from the deceased

Contact our Firm

Our firm understands how serious criminal and personal injury cases are. We are prepared to guide you towards a favorable outcome because we believe false accusations or preventable injuries should never cause a person harm. This is why those who require experienced legal counsel in New Jersey should do themselves a favor and contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today for any criminal and personal injury matters.

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