New Jersey wrongful death law allows surviving family members to sue for certain economic losses related to the death. These include:
- The decedent’s loss of future earnings
- The decedent’s loss of future job benefits
- The family’s lost care, guidance, advice, or support
- The loss of companionship
- Lost inheritance
- Funeral expenses
- Medical bills
- Loss of household support (maintenance, chores, etc.).
These are just a few examples. The amount of recovery available will depend on the facts of the case. Remember that purely emotional claims (such as “mental anguish”) are generally not entitled to compensation. Rather, there must usually be some economic dimension to the loss claimed, though there are exceptions. Punitive damages are sometimes awarded as punishment for the defendant if his or her conduct was especially egregious.
Additionally, if your loved one suffered injuries in between the time of the defendant’s negligence and the time of the death, New Jersey law allows the family or the estate to seek recovery for the cost of those injuries. This is known as a “survival action.”
Contact a Parsippany Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
Families are often too shocked by the onset of unexpected death to fully realize its financial impact. But bills add up. The costs are very real. If the death was the result of negligence, you don’t deserve to shoulder those costs alone.
The truth is that a wrongful death lawsuit can’t bring your loved one back, and it isn’t enough alone to heal a hurting heart. But with an experienced attorney’s help, you can at least ease the financial burden your family will face.
If you or your family is suffering as the result of a wrongful death, call the experienced NJ personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. In most cases, a statute of limitations (“time limit”) applies, so you shouldn’t delay in getting started.
At our firm, the initial consultation is free of charge. And if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid for our services if we are able to achieve monetary recovery on your behalf. It is our job to maximize the amount of your recovery to the fullest extent available under New Jersey law.
To schedule a free consultation with a Parsippany wrongful death lawyer today, just call 1-855-432-2489 or use the quick connect form. We serve clients in Parsippany, Troy Hills, Morris County, Essex County, and throughout the entire state of New Jersey.