Our firm understands the magnitude of losing a loved one to wrongful death. If you are facing this unfortunate situation, you are not alone. Reach out to Brown Law today and speak with one of our dedicated New Jersey personal injury attorneys to learn more about your options.
What are the causes of wrongful death in New Jersey?
Typically, New Jersey defines wrongful death as any negligent act that causes the death of another individual. In most cases, even an intentional act of murder can qualify relatives of the victim from filing a wrongful death suit. There are several examples of negligence that can result in wrongful death, including the following:
- Medical negligence: that results in the unnecessary death of a patient can qualify survivors to file wrongful death actions against healthcare providers and facilities that did not follow the proper standard of reasonable care.
- Automobile accidents: including truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, and many others as a result of a negligent driver.
- Defective products: those that can cause consumers to pass away due to manufacturing faults, poor design, or missing warning labels. This type of incident can qualify survivors of the victim to file a claim against the manufacturer or other parties responsible for the product defects.
Who is eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in New Jersey?
If you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to a wrongful death lawsuit. While our firm recognizes that financial compensation will not fill the void of your lost loved one, the financial burdens you and your family are facing may be able to become alleviated. It is important to recognize that these laws vary greatly in each state. In certain states, only the representative of the deceased party’s estate can bring a wrongful death case. However, in New Jersey, the state permits certain family members who were financially dependent on the lost loved one to be authorized to pursue wrongful death lawsuits. These family members include:
- Minor children
- Adult children
- Nieces or nephews who may have relied on the deceased for financial support
If you have lost a loved one due to another’s negligence, do not hesitate to reach out to Brown Law today. Our dedicated legal team will work tirelessly for you to ensure that you have the support you need during this unimaginably difficult time. Contact us today, we are just a call away.
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We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.