What Dictates a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Few things are more difficult in life than losing a loved one or family member. However, the grieving process becomes even more difficult when the loved one dies in an accident that is brought on by another person’s negligence, such as in a drunk driving accident. Although money can never compensate for the permanent loss of a loved one, it can help to bring both a sense of justice as well as closure.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident that occurred because of a person or business entity’s carelessness or negligence, know that you are not alone. The experienced and compassionate New Jersey wrongful death lawyers at Leonard Legal Group can assist you with filing a wrongful death claim and can help you pursue much-needed monetary compensation and damages. Please call us today to find out more about how we can assist you with filing a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.
Types of Accidents that May Lead to a Wrongful Death
There are many types of accidents that can lead to a wrongful death. Accidents that may lead to death include:
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Accidents that occur on someone else’s premises (such as from negligent security on the premises or defective/hazardous conditions that exist on the premises)
- Accidents resulting from a defectively manufactured or designed product – or from a product that was not accompanied by the proper warnings
- Medical negligence or malpractice
- Dangerous highway design or improper maintenance
In order to be successful in a wrongful death claim or lawsuit, the claimant must demonstrate that the deceased individual’s untimely death resulted from another person’s negligence. In other words, another person or entity must have acted unreasonably under the circumstances, causing the accident that led to the victim’s premature death.
Filing a New Jersey Wrongful Death Claim
In New Jersey, wrongful death claims are filed on behalf of the grieving family members who survive the decedent. In many cases, these claims are filed by the personal representative or the executor of the deceased loved one’s estate. Family members who were dependent upon the decedent at the time of his or her untimely death can recover a portion of the monetary damages awarded as part of a wrongful death claim. Those individuals can include the decedent’s spouse, children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, and others who can prove that they depended on the decedent.
Speak with a New Jersey Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
The skilled attorneys at Leonard Legal Group can assist you with filing a wrongful death claim or lawsuit in the New Jersey court system. If the insurance company for the at-fault individual refuses to offer favorable compensation, we can file a lawsuit on behalf of the personal representative, and if necessary, litigate the case through the courts and trial.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a New Jersey wrongful death attorney, please contact us online today for more information about how we can help.