Wrongful Death Lawyers in New Jersey
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is always a difficult experience‚ but it can be especially hard to come to terms with a sudden death that arises from an accident. Your world has changed in an instant. You deserve to know the truth about who caused your loved one’s death and to hold that person accountable. Even though no amount of money can replace what you lost when your loved one passed away, you also deserve compensation. The qualified New Jersey wrongful death attorneys at Console & Hollawell can help your family through this difficult time. Call (856) 778-5500 today to speak with a member of our dedicated legal team. The consultation is always free and confidential.
Losing a loved one is difficult in many ways. Emotional pain, the loss of your family member’s affection, and the financial hardship are only a few of the troubles you’re going through right now. Photo Credit: Corbis Images.
Was the Loss of Your Loved One a “Wrongful” Death?
When you first found out about your family member’s death, you probably didn’t hear the term “wrongful death.” The legal term sounds strange, even confusing – what would be a rightful death?
How can you know if your loved one’s passing falls into the category of wrongful death in the first place?
Essentially, a wrongful death is an avoidable, unnecessary fatality that results from someone else’s negligent behavior. If your loved one died from an accident or mistake another person or organization caused, there’s a good chance that wrongful death applies to the situation.
Wrongful deaths include deaths that result from:
- Motor vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, and trains
- Medical errors ranging from surgical mistakes and mishandling medical equipment to failing to diagnose cancer and over prescribing powerful prescription drugs
- Workplace accidents
- Fall injuries, including fatal slip and falls
- Dog and animal attacks
- Dangerously defective products, including medications
- Abuse and assault at private or commercial properties, like restaurants and bars, nursing homes, and schools
Who Can Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim?
Family members of the deceased have the legal right to pursue a wrongful death claim, but how do you know which relatives should be involved? Determining who will file the claim can be complicated, because it depends on the specific facts about your family. Generally, the right to pursue the claim goes in the following order
- A surviving spouse, children, and surviving offspring of deceased children (or, if there are none)
- Parents (or, if there are none)
- Brothers and sisters (or, if there are none)
- Children of deceased siblings (or, if there are none)
To find out for sure who will be involved in a wrongful death claim and how the compensation you recover in that claim should be divided, you should seek legal help. Experienced New Jersey wrongful death attorneys will work with your family to determine the legal standing of the relatives most affected by the loss.
What Kinds of Compensation Can You Recover for a Wrongful Death?
When your loved one died unexpectedly, you lost a lot. It’s important to understand what losses you can seek compensation for in a wrongful death case.
Some of the damages you can recover money for in the wrongful death claim may include:
- The loss of the love, affection, comfort, solace, companionship, society, moral support, and consortium of your loved one
- The future household services your family member would have provided, if this death hadn’t occurred
- The financial support you would have gotten from your family member if he or she was still alive
There’s another reason besides financial compensation for pursuing a wrongful death claim: justice. The driver, doctor, property owner, or other party responsible for your loved one’s death should face the consequences of their irresponsible actions. If someone is trying to cover up an important fact about what happened to your family member, it may take a thorough investigation and a legal claim to finally get the answers.
What Kind of Lawyer Do You Need
At Console & Hollawell, we understand that a wrongful death claim might not be the first thing on your mind after a loved one passes. We also know, though, that your legal rights won’t be preserved forever, and that you deserve the right to mourn‚ grieve, and commemorate the life of your loved one without worrying about the hassles of handling a legal battle yourself. If your deceased loved one was also a breadwinner, the loss of your family member’s income could seriously harm the finances of the survivors, adding even more stress you don’t need.
While no amount of money or measure of justice can replace a human life‚ we want to help you get the reparations your family deserves. We have more than 20 years of experience helping clients in situations like yours, so we’ve got both the skills to handle the case and the compassion you need to help you through this incredibly trying time. We’ll do all we can to take some of the weight off your shoulders as we pursue full compensation for you. Even though we can’t changed what has happened to your family or take your grief away, we can can take one piece of the overwhelming process of dealing with death out of the equation. With us on your side, no insurance company or massive corporation will be able to take advantage of the difficult time your family is going through – we’ll make sure of it.
For your free, confidential consultation, call our New Jersey wrongful death attorneys today at (856) 778-5500.
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