When you lose a loved one unexpectedly in a violent criminal act, an accident, a medical procedure, exposure to toxins or some other type of unforeseen incident, the grief and shock are understandably overwhelming. Naturally, monetary compensation isn’t something you consider for some time. However, as the associated costs and financial impact start to accumulate, fear and anger are natural reactions. You may start to question who is to blame and where you can turn for help. The Law Offices of John F. Marshall is sensitive to your emotional upheaval and our sympathetic New Jersey Wrongful Death attorneys can help.
About Wrongful Death
Wrongful death claims apply when the negligent, careless, deliberate or otherwise wrongful actions of another caused someone’s death. Essentially, if the person had survived and had a cause of action to sue for his injury, certain parties may then sue instead for the wrongful death. Typically a spouse, children and parents are entitled to seek recovery in a wrongful death suit. A judge distributes the proceeds to the various parties. You usually have two years to file, but state laws vary and certain factors may affect this.
Wrongful Death in New Jersey
New Jersey law divides a wrongful death claim into two actions – survival and wrongful death. You seek recovery for your loved one’s injuries until death in the survival action. This may include damages for pain and suffering, lost income and recovery for his medical bills. You may also be able to recover punitive damages. The monetary compensation will be distributed to the heirs of the deceased according to his will. If he died without one, state intestate law applies. In the wrongful death action, damages are sought for the actual death. This requires an assessment of monetary compensation applied against non-tangibles like lost security, care, guidance and companionship, as well as economic losses such as funeral expenses and lost earnings. The money will be distributed according to dependency.
About The Law Offices of John F. Marshall
The Law Offices of John F. Marshall is understanding of the unique needs of our clients dealing with a wrongful death claim. Our compassionate attorneys will carefully assist you through the complexities of a New Jersey wrongful death suit, answering your questions and addressing your concerns with consideration and sensitivity. We fully understand that money can never make up for your loss. We seek only to lessen the economic burden that this unfair death has imposed upon your family, and get the justice that you and your loved one deserves.
At The Law Offices of John F. Marshall, we recognize that you may be devastated by grief and confusion over the unjust loss of your loved one. You need a caring and experienced New Jersey attorney on your side to guide you. Call us at 877-450-8301 for a confidential consultation to learn how we can help you through this challenging and emotional time.