Wrongful Death Attorneys in Essex County NJ
The unexpected death of a loved one is truly devastating. In some of the worst tragedies, a company or another individual can be blamed for the innocent person’s death. If you have lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is important to consider your legal options. Of course, nothing will be able to make this time less painful but a wrongful death case may be able to reduce some of the financial burdens associated with the unexpected passing of your loved one. It is important to have a compassionate and effective legal team fight on your behalf while you focus on your family. The Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. is here to help recover compensation that can offset the costs of medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost wages. Contact the Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.
Who can pursue a wrongful death case in NJ?
When a loved one is lost at the hand of another person’s negligence, a wrongful death case may be the best way to reduce some of the financial burdens associated with this tragic time. Wrongful death laws vary from state to state. In some states, only the representative of the deceased party’s estate can bring a wrongful death case. In New Jersey, however, certain family members who were financially dependent on the lost loved one are permitted to pursue wrongful death lawsuits. These family members include a spouse, minor children, parents, adult children, siblings, grandchildren, and even nieces/nephews who may have relied on the deceased for financial support.
When multiple parties recover damages in a wrongful death case, the court will equitably determine how much each party will receive based on a number of different factors, including:
- The age of the dependents
- The physical and mental condition of the dependents
- The availability of current and future means of financial support
- The need for education
- Any other relevant factors
Recovering Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim
There are a lot of unexpected financial burdens tied to the death of a loved one. A wrongful death lawsuit may allow surviving dependents to recover compensation a number of different financial losses, including:
- The loss of financial support that the deceased party would provide to dependents over the rest of his or her lifetime
- Funeral expenses
- Any remaining medical bills before passing
- The loss of emotional support, companionship, and guidance provided by the deceased party
- Any personal injury damages that may have been recovered had the individual not passed away
Contact an Essex County Wrongful Death Attorney
If you tragically lost a loved one as a result of another party’s negligence, the Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. understands how emotional this period of time is for you. Our firm is committed to acting as advocates on your behalf so you can focus on your family while we focus on recovering a maximum compensation award to help offset the financial burdens you are facing. For compassionate and dedicated legal service when it matters most, contact Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.