New Jersey Wrongful Death Lawyers
Wrongful death is the legal term for any case where the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of another leads to a fatal accident. The death of a loved one as a result of another person’s negligence or carelessness can be devastating. In addition to your profound sense of loss, you may also have feelings of frustration and helplessness. You may be angry at those responsible for your loved one’s death. If he or she was a breadwinner, you may be struggling to cope with life’s demands on a reduced income.
Our attorneys at Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. have the resources and ability to get results in these difficult and challenging cases, and will work to obtain compensation and justice for you.
A Team of Attorneys and Experts Handling New Jersey Fatal Accident Litigation
Our success has come through applying legal knowledge, managing litigation, involving diverse talents, and hard work. When attorneys at Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C., take a wrongful death case, we organize a team of attorneys, legal professionals, and outside experts who focus their energies on obtaining a successful outcome. We are adept at handling wrongful death claims involving:
- Medical malpractice
- Truck accidents
- Car accidents
- Product liability
- Construction accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Other fatal accidents
With a hand-picked group chosen from of some of the nation’s leading medical experts, engineers, accident specialists, and other professionals, our wrongful death attorneys work to build a strong case based on the facts and the law.
Obtaining Compensation and Justice in Your Wrongful Death Case
Our ultimate goal at Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. is to maximize the compensation due to you. But in a greater sense, our goal is justice. We work to hold the negligent responsible for their actions and to bring the careless before the court of law. We hope that the successful outcomes we achieve through litigation and settlements will encourage safer roads, workplaces, and medical treatment.
In taking your case, we have one goal in mind — to prevail for you.
Damages That Can Be Recovered From a New Jersey Wrongful Death Claim
As the survivor of a loved one, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit for the recovery of the following three kinds of damages:
- The loss of the love, companionship, comfort, affection, society, solace, moral support, and (if a spouse is a claimant) consortium of the decedent;
- The value of the household services the decedent would have provided in the future, if any, and
- The value of the financial support which the claimant would have received from the decedent but for the death.
After a loved one has passed away, there are only certain people who may file a wrongful-death claim. First in line are the surviving spouse, children, and surviving issue of deceased children of the decedent.
These survivors can file separately or jointly. If these types of claimants do not exist, next in line are the person’s:
- then brothers and sisters;
- then the children of deceased brothers and sisters;
- then grandparents;
- and then their lineal descendants
A second group of claimants, who are not covered in the first group, are:
- putative spouse (a person who can prove that he/she had good faith belief that they were married to the decedent, but were not married by law)
- children of putative spouse
- and parents of decedent
The only way that those qualified under the second group can file a wrongful death claim is if they can prove that they were dependent upon the decedent at the time of death.
The final class of claimant is any minor who can prove that they were a resident of the decedent’s household for 180 days prior to the death and that they were dependent upon the decedent for at least 50% of their support at the time of death.
New Jersey Wrongful Death Statute
The statute of limitation for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in New Jersey is two years. This is the maximum amount of time that the victim’s family can wait to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. This time limit starts running from the date of death. After this time, you are forever barred from filing your lawsuit. For the lay person, the terms may be difficult to understand which is why consulting a New Jersey wrongful death attorney to explain the legal mumble jumble is the best way forward.
Complex Wrongful Death Litigation
The experienced wrongful death attorneys at Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. have more than 30 years of experience successfully handling complex wrongful death cases. We handle our cases not only with skill, but also with sensitivity and compassion. We understand that no amount of money can bring back a beloved family member. But, we are here to help you through this difficult time and do everything in our power to help you get justice and fair compensation for your losses.
Besides being beside themselves with the pain and heartache of personal loss, there are many additional areas of consideration in a wrongful death claim. The family of someone killed in a New Jersey accident may seek compensation for the medical bills, hospitalization costs, funeral expense and lost potential income and loss of other benefits such as health insurance and pension.
Wrongful death damages claims can be complicated, particular and difficult to prove in a court of law, which is why it is so important to have an experienced, trusted, and savvy legal representation on your side that can help you gather and sort through the evidence of your case.
Call our New Jersey wrongful death lawyers today
Contact Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. today and we will be more than happy to answer your questions and address your concerns. Our NJ personal injury attorneys and litigation staff keep flexible office hours, with weekend appointments available, and we can meet you in your home or hospital room if you cannot travel to our office. We handle most wrongful death claims on a contingency-fee basis, so you do not pay us until we recover damages for you. Call us today, we’re standing by to assist you at (908) 561-5577 or contact us online.