When “I’m Sorry” Isn’t Enough: The Legitimacy of Wrongful Death Claims

When a victim’s family experiences the sadness and anger involved in wrongful death, there is no course of action that will bring their loved one back to them. The term “wrongful death” encompasses several situations, including intentional homicide, medical injuries due to a healthcare worker’s poor judgment, or accidents that occur on another’s property.

There are generally two facets of a wrongful death claim in New Jersey, including “wrongful death” and “survival”. An attorney will be able to discuss both of these topics with you, and help you determine the amount that you might be able to receive for each when filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Wrongful death

This facet of the wrongful death claim covers compensation for the emotional havoc caused by the situation. While money certainly cannot replace a loved one who has died due to the carelessness or maliciousness of another, it can ease the suffering of the family left behind to pick up the pieces after their loss.

Survival

This facet of a wrongful death claim covers any financial burden placed on the spouse and descendants of the deceased. This part of a wrongful death claim involves careful consideration of the long-term consequences the death of the deceased will have on his or her family, including future wages the family can no longer depend on and the overall economic wellbeing of the loved ones left behind.

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