A wrongful death claim is a lawsuit that allows the family of a deceased victim, who is killed as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, to receive compensation for their irreparable loss. New Jersey wrongful death claims are filed following a death caused by a car accident, workplace accident, defective product incident, or medical malpractice. Anyone who has lost a loved one as a result of the negligent actions of another would be well-advised to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney to discuss their legal options.
It is important to know who may file a wrongful death claim in New Jersey. In most cases, wrongful death claims are filed by immediate family members such as spouses, children, life partners, and even parents. It is also critical that a claimant understands who may be held liable for the damages suffered in an accident. Common examples of liable parties include negligent drivers, defective parts manufacturers, a governmental entity that allowed a dangerous roadway condition to exist, or an establishment that sold alcohol to an impaired driver who then caused a fatal car accident.
It is impossible to put a price tag on someone’s life. However, the compensation from a wrongful death claim will help families of deceased victims achieve a certain level of financial stability and security. Common damages that may be recovered in such claims include all accident-related medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, lost future income, loss of care and protection, and even loss of love and companionship.
The Princeton wrongful death attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein offer their condolences to anyone who has lost a loved one in an accident in New Jersey. If you have lost a loved one as a result of negligence or wrongdoing, please call us at 609-240-0040. Let us help you review your legal options and determine if a wrongful death claim is the best way for you to receive financial compensation for your losses.