Who Can File Wrongful Death Personal Injury Claims?
Personal injury claims may entitle victims of injurious accident to financial compensation for incurred expenses, pain and suffering, and more. However, New Jersey statutes also allow the families of victims who were killed in accidents to file personal injury claims as per wrongful death statutes. Nothing can replace your loved ones. Money might be the last thing on the minds of surviving family members of those who were killed by the recklessness or negligence of another party. Our personal injury attorneys understand this well, but also believe in fighting for the rightful compensation you may be owed for the wrongful death of your loved one.
Today, we will be discussed what parties are eligible to file wrongful death personal injury claims and what types of compensation may be available.
Passaic County, NJ Wrongful Death Compensation Attorneys Discuss Who May File Personal Injury Claims
Typically, wrongful death claims are filed by the executor of an estate or of a dependent party. In general terms, those who were dependent on the deceased individual or those who are entitled to inheritance from that individual may be eligible for compensation through a wrongful death claim. Your Passaic County wrongful death compensation attorneys may be able to help you secure financial compensation for wrongful death if you fall into one of the below categories:
- Spouse of the deceased victim
- Children of the deceased victim
- Parent(s) of the deceased victims
- The deceased victim’s siblings, nephews or nieces
- Any other individual who can reasonably claim that he or she was dependent on the deceased victim. This may include live in relatives or other scenarios where the deceased offered ongoing financial support
It is important to understand that there is a hierarchy when determining which parties are eligible to file a personal injury claim. The above list is in the general order of legal consideration. For example, a victim’s siblings will only be able to file a personal injury claim for a wrongful death if there are no surviving spouses, children, or parents.
Paterson Wrongful Death Lawyers Recover Compensation for Victim’s Family
The damages recoverable for wrongful death personal injury claims are slightly more limited than with standard personal injury cases. This is due to the fact that wrongful death claims are intended to compensate the family members of deceased victims rather than the victims of injurious accidents themselves. Your Paterson wrongful death lawyers may be able to recover financial compensation for some or all of the following:
- Funeral, burial, and other final expenses
- Medical expenses which were directly related to the accident in question
- Considerations for the loss of companionship, consortium, parental advice, comfort, advice, and more
- Considerations for lost wages and other forms of financial support which had previously come from the deceased. This can include projected lost income well into the future
- Considerations for services which the deceased used to provide including upkeep of the family home, caring for children, food preparation, and much more
Contact our Clifton Wrongful Death Personal Injury Attorneys Today
The personal injury and wrongful death attorneys of Fredson & Statmore have over 50 years of combined legal experience serving clients from Passaic County communities including Paterson, Clifton, Wayne, West Milford, Little Falls, Woodland Park, and all of Northern New Jersey. Our firm practices exclusively personal injury law, which allows our legal team to use our focused experience to provide high level legal service. We take pride in serving the families of victims who were tragically taken away too soon from accidents including motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, defective products, motorcycle accidents, and much more.
Please contact us online for a free and confidential consultation with a member of our qualified and experienced legal team regarding the wrongful death of a family member and to learn more about how we can best serve your individual needs and concerns.