Losing a loved one is the hardest thing anyone can endure. However, when you lose a loved one due to another party’s careless behavior, his or her premature death can seem all the more horrifying. If you are looking to recover financial compensation for your untimely loss, as well as hold another party accountable for their irresponsible actions, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What is wrongful death?
Essentially, if you believe your loved one has had their life cut short as the result of a careless or negligent party, you will most likely have a valid wrongful death claim. Wrongful deaths most commonly occur on construction sites, in car accidents, or due to incidents of medical malpractice, product malfunctions, or negligent premises owners.
When a loved one dies, his or her family members are often left to cope with both the emotional and financial troubles that come as a result. This is why most people who have lost a loved one seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of their medical bills, health care expenses, support and services, or even lost inheritance for surviving children.
How do I know if I qualify for financial compensation following the death of a loved one?
To qualify for compensation, you must first prove that your loved one lost their life due to another party’s negligence and that you have therefore suffered unwarranted financial loss as a result. However, negligent parties will very often hire expert legal counsel to combat your charges of wrongful death, so you must do the same. To recover compensation, your attorney must recover sufficient evidence to present the most convincing case possible. For example, your attorney may work to obtain security camera footage of the incident as it happened, pictures of the safety hazard, witness statements, police reports, medical documentation and more to help prove your claim.
What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is two years. This means you have two years from the date of death to file a claim. Do not wait. Hire a knowledgeable attorney who is ready to assist you immediately.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced defense attorneys throughout the state of New Jersey. We understand the severity and immediacy of all personal injury claims and additional legal matters, and we provide each of our clients with compassionate and aggressive legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding your legal case.