Losing a loved one is always a tragedy, but it’s worse when it happens unexpectedly. Cases of wrongful death happen suddenly and give families of victims little room for closure. Unfortunately, they also occur far more often than any of us would like to think. If your loved one lost his or her life due to the negligent, reckless, or even malicious act of another, there’s a strong chance you qualify for compensation. Our compassionate legal team is here to aggressively pursue the justice you deserve. Contact a seasoned wrongful death lawyer from the Law Office of E. Gregory M. Cannarozzi today to learn more about how we can assist you.
Wrongful Death Lawyer | Getting Justice for Families in New Jersey
We understand that any amount of compensation cannot bring back your loved one, and it certainly is no substitute for their absence. However, if someone is liable, we believe they deserve to be held responsible for their actions. For a steadfast legal advocate, speak with our NJ legal team.
Qualifying for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in New Jersey
Wrongful death can occur in a wide range of circumstances, including in:
- Auto accidents
- Premises liability cases
- Incidents involving medical malpractice
- Defective product cases
- Nursing home neglect or abuse
- Work accidents
To qualify for a wrongful death lawsuit, however, you will have to prove that, had your loved one lived, he or she would have had a valid personal injury claim against the negligent party. You should also note that not everyone affected by the death of a loved one may bring a wrongful death claim. Only the personal representative of the decedent’s estate may file such a claim. If the person lost their life without first selecting a personal representative, the court will appoint one (likely the person’s spouse, child, or parent). The court-appointed person will then file the wrongful death claim.
As long as we satisfy the burden of proof in your wrongful death claim, you should receive compensation that can help you cope with the following:
- Loss of companionship or guidance
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- The cost of funeral/burial expenses
- The cost of lost wages your loved one would have provided
- The cost of household services your loved one provided prior to death that you now have to pay for
- The loss of enjoyment of life
The Statute of Limitations for NJ Wrongful Death Claims
In most cases, family members of wrongful death victims will have to file their claim within two years of the date of death. If you wait longer than two years, the statute of limitations will expire, and you’ll permanently lose your right to sue.
Contact a Bergen County Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
We know that losing a loved one is a devastating experience. Our job is to handle the legal side of things while you focus on what matters most: healing. Contact the Law Office of E. Gregory M. Cannarozzi today to schedule your free initial consultation with our skilled personal injury law firm.