Any time a loved one tragically perishes in an accident, it can be difficult for the family to know what to do next, and take the steps necessary to protecting their future.
While no amount of money can ever bring back a lost family member, a wrongful death suit can help your family financially in the case that it was dependent on the income of the deceased family member, recover compensation for your family’s loss of care and companionship, and help prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future.
At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, we have over 50 years of experience helping clients throughout New Jersey with all manner of personal injury claims, including wrongful death suits. We understand just how difficult the loss of a family member can be, and we are prepared to speak on your behalf and help secure your family’s future during such a tragic time. Call now to speak with a Bloomfield wrongful death lawyer.
Does My Family Have a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death claims, like all personal injury claims, are filed when the accident in question was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another party. For example, a property owner neglected their duties and failed to maintain a safe premises for visitors, or a drunk driver got behind the wheel and caused a fatal accident.
The burden of proof lies with you and your Bloomfield wrongful death attorney, and as such evidence will need to be gathered to support your claim of negligence. Police reports, eyewitness accounts, and other potentially relevant information such as maintenance records or expert testimony can all help you support your wrongful death claim.
What Compensation can be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim?
In New Jersey, there are two different types of Wrongful Death claims that can be filed. These claims are not mutually exclusive, meaning that you can pursue one or both depending on the circumstances and the advice of your Bloomfield wrongful death attorney.
New Jersey Wrongful Death Act claims are filed with the sole purpose of recovering financial damages in the event of a fatal accident, and do not cover punitive damages such as emotional distress and loss of companionship. Wrongful Death Act claims can help you recover damages such as:
- Loss of future wages
- Loss of future benefits
- Loss of potential inheritance
Survival Action claims however, allow the administrator or executor of the deceased’s estate to recover punitive damages, including:
- Medical expenses leading up to the death
- Funeral expenses
- Mental Anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of care, protection, guidance and advice
- Loss of love, society and companionship
- Loss of consortium
Choosing how to proceed with a wrongful death claim can be difficult, especially given how complex New Jersey wrongful death law can be. An experienced attorney can help you decide which type of claim (or both) you may find success with, and guide you through the entire legal process. In the event that your family was financially dependent on the deceased member, it becomes even more important to work with an attorney in order to secure your family’s financial future.
Let a Bloomfield Wrongful Death Attorney Help Your Family
At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, our attorneys have extensive experience helping families throughout New Jersey to recover compensation in the event of the wrongful death of a family member.
Our firm believes in providing personal and attentive legal service to all of our clients. The more informed and involved you are in your case, the better we can secure you the compensation you and your family need and deserve.
Lead by a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney, our personal injury team has already secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, including verdicts in both the New Jersey Supreme Court and appellate division.
To speak with our firm today in a free and confidential consultation with a Bloomfield wrongful death lawyer, please contact us online, or call today.