New Jersey Wrongful Death Lawyer
As the name implies, a wrongful death is a death that never should have happened. The tragic reality that a death could have been avoided had another party not acted a certain way is something loved ones struggle with for years. A classic example is a deadly car accident in which the other party was speeding or intoxicated. Not only are wrongful deaths emotionally taxing for a family, they can also be extremely expensive which is why a wrongful death lawsuit can greatly help ease the financial stress that accompanies the untimely death. As New Jersey wrongful death lawyers, we understand the pain you are dealing with and are here to help with the legal aspect of your recovery. We are ready to get started when you are—get in touch with us at (201) 792-3333 today to setup your initial consultation. Hiring us is simple, it only takes one call.
Common Wrongful Death Lawsuits
N.J.S.A. 2A:31-4 allows the surviving heirs (i.e. spouse, children, etc.) to file a civil lawsuit in the wake of a wrongful death. Most cases have a two year time-frame for filing the lawsuit but there are some scenarios in which the window to file is smaller.
Wrongful deaths can take many forms all with the same heartbreaking ending—an avoidable death. Here’s a look at some of the more common personal injury accidents that can result in a wrongful death:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Defective products
- Dog Bites
- Medical malpractice
- Surgical errors
- Nursing home neglect
For some, the death is immediate while others suffer in pain before eventually passing. Different than a criminal case against the responsible party, the wrongful death lawsuit is totally separate with the goal of financial compensation rather than a criminal conviction at the end.
While there is wrongdoing on the part of the defendant, many wrongful death lawsuits do not have an accompanying criminal lawsuit and so your civil suit not only provides much-needed financial compensation but it also provides a sense of justice and closure for the grieving family. For instance, a deadly construction site accident can hold the construction company (and potentially other defendants) responsible for the death but there was no criminal wrongdoing on their part, just negligence. A murder, however would be an example of a death that would give rise to both a criminal case and a civil wrongful death case.
How Much is Your Wrongful Death Lawsuit Worth?
A big part of the value of your New Jersey wrongful death lawsuit comes down to who the defendant is and how much they can actually pay. Of course, these types of deaths are worth lots of money as you can’t put a value on a human life, but ultimately they are almost always limited by the solvency and insurance policy limits of a defendant. When available, we can get millions of dollars for families of certain wrongful deaths. Some of the areas of financial recovery that we work to get for you following the death of a loved one include:
- Loss of income or services
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills stemming from accident
- Loss of companionship
- Punitive damages (very rare, but possible)
In addition to a wrongful death lawsuit, families of victims that did not die immediately also have the option to file a Survivor Action (N.J.S.A. 2A:15-3) which is essentially filing a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of the deceased for the time they suffered between accident and death. Financial recovery from a survivor action include the additional damages of pain and suffering, missed work, medical bills and much more. A skilled lawyer will ensure that all necessary lawsuits are filed in order to ensure that the value of your case is maximized.
New Jersey Wrongful Death Lawyer
Don’t think you can afford a lawyer right now? You can when you hire Sarofiem & Antoun LLC. We know how financially stressful this time is which is why we take all our wrongful death and personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis—you pay us absolutely nothing until we get you paid. Our fees are reasonable and our service is outstanding. We truly care about our clients and want to get you results. We are ready to get started when you are—get in touch with us at (201) 792-3333 today to setup your initial consultation. We are so sorry for your loss.