How much of a settlement is my family entitled to?
Your case is unique and your potential settlement amount will depend on a variety of factors. Claims for wrongful death can include compensation for related medical and burial expenses, loss of income, mental anguish, loss of companionship, loss of anticipated future, income, loss of services, loss of family benefits, care and assistance, pain and suffering, general damages, punitive damages, and legal fees.
Can I bring a wrongful death action if the deceased never held a job?
Wrongful death claims often involve children or adults who did not have a steady income. Compensation for loss of companionship, care or other method of family contribution may be requested in the wrongful death lawsuit. The loss of non-monetary contributions, such as the role a stay at home mom or housewife provides, is considered a “pecuniary loss” in a wrongful death action.
What does my attorney have to prove for my claim to be successful?
An attorney will have to show that your loved one’s death resulted from the negligent acts of the defendant and a financial loss occurred as a result of the death, including loss of income, medical and burial expenses, and others.
Who can file a claim for wrongful death?
Immediate family members have the right to bring a wrongful death claim. Our attorneys have represented spouses, children and parents of deceased victims.
What is the statute of limitations on a wrongful death claim?
In the state of New Jersey, family members have 2 years from when the death occurred to bring a claim. If the death was a result of medical malpractice, the family members have 2 years from the date the malpractice was discovered.
What kinds of damages are recoverable in a wrongful death claim?
You may be entitled to claim damages for mental anguish, loss of companionship, loss of income, expected loss of services, protection, care and assistance, death and burial expenses, medical expenses, loss of benefits, pain and suffering, etc.