Losing a loved one can constitute a devastating tragedy. When you lose a loved one due to the negligence of another individual or company, you may want to seek compensation for your significant loss. Wrongful death cases in New Jersey involve determining who may bring a wrongful death lawsuit, whom is responsible for a death and what damages apply.
If you experienced the loss of a loved one and wish to file a wrongful death claim, it is essential that you hire an experienced attorney to aid you in developing a sound documentation and determining your required damages. New Jersey court works to give compensation to those eligible in filing a wrongful death claim and determine a sustaining amount of damage reimbursement. You do not have to fight alone for your damages during this difficult and emotional time, and an attorney can help handle all necessary procedures to give you the benefits you deserve.
Filing a wrongful death claim
To file a wrongful death claim, you must fall in relation to the loved one that died in the following designations.
- You are the spouse
- You are the child
- You are a niece, nephew or sibling
- You can prove you were dependent on the loved one that died
Generally, those that file wrongful death claims tend to be a spouse or a child.
After determining that you may rightfully file the claim, the court will determine how much money you deserve for the wrongful death.
When determining rightful amounts owed to you for your loved one’s wrongful death, New Jersey judges consider what amount would prove fair and just. A court will look at the following expenses to decide an amount.
- Pecuniary injuries
- Hospital costs
- Medical expenses
- Funeral arrangements
In addition, a court can determine other factors when deciding the exact amount to award individual loved ones in a wrongful death case. These factors include:
- Your age
- Your physical and mental condition
- Your financial condition
Though many considerations must be made by New Jersey court, know that you may receive substantial compensation for the death of your loved one due to wrongful death. Hiring an attorney will provide you the peace of mind that your case lies in experienced, responsible hands, so that you can focus on receiving your rightful compensation and recovering emotionally.