Nobody is ever prepared for the death of a loved one. The process can be emotionally and financially taxing, and the irreplaceable loss one can experience is devastating. It may seem as though there is no recourse for those who survive the deceased, but this simply is not true. Wrongful death lawsuits were created as a way for the surviving members to sue someone who has legal fault in their loved one’s death.
Who Is Eligible to Sue?
In the state of New Jersey, a wrongful death lawsuit is filed on behalf of surviving family members and is usually filed by the deceased person’s estate. Surviving loved ones who may claim a portion from the amount won in a wrongful death lawsuit often goes to the surviving spouse, children, grandchildren, the deceased person’s parent, followed by extended family such as sibling, nephews or nieces. This is not limited solely to the family, as someone who can prove that they depended on the deceased person could also get a portion of the damages.
Compensation for a wrongful death suit could be sought after for a variety of different parameters. Beyond financial support that a surviving loved one relied on, compensation can also be determined for loss of companionship, funeral, medical and even burial expenses. Though New Jersey law does not allow compensation for emotional distress, these parameters can be a large help.
Wrongful death lawsuits often stem from workplace accidents due to negligence. However, wrongful death lawsuits can be filed for a variety of reasons, so long as the death was caused by another person’s negligence or a wrongful act that resulted in death.
It can be difficult for a surviving loved one to reconcile with wrongful death. Do not fight alone. If you have lost a loved one due to another person’s wrongdoing or negligence, contact a wrongful death lawyer who could help. Contact the law offices of Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC today for a case consultation by calling 866-567-0135 or contact online today.