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Recovering wrongful death compensation and damages in New Jersey

Thousands of people die each year in car accidents in the United States, including many in New Jersey. The consequences are often far-reaching, affecting wives, husbands, children and other family members for the rest of their lives. Many of these consequences are emotional and personal, but some are financial, leaving loved ones with sudden funeral expenses and lost earnings from family breadwinners. In many instances, the accidents can be legally found to be cases of wrongful death.

When a death is determined to have been caused by negligence or recklessness at the hands of another, grounds generally exist for survivors to file wrongful death lawsuits in pursuit of compensation for their losses. Recovery can be pursued for lost income and benefits, along with emotional pain and suffering that surviving family members typically endure in the wake of a sudden loss.

Medical bills that accrued in treating the victim before his or her death, as well as wages lost as a result of the accident can also be recovered if the decedent's estate or surviving family members choose to pursue them. Any compensation recovered might be distributed among the victim's heirs.

In general, there are no time limits for family members or estates to file suit, although the sooner the better. However, in wrongful death cases where a victim's death was directly caused by or can be attributed to the actions of an agent of the government such as a police officer, the time in which to file a claim to recover damages or seek compensation is limited.

Our law firm has considerable experience in dealing with wrongful death cases in New Jersey. We understand the difficulties that survivors face after the loss of a loved one, so our efforts are always targeted toward working for the interests for our clients.

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