Wrongful Death Lawyer New Jersey
The sudden loss of a loved one, especially as a result of someone else’s negligence, is a traumatic and life-altering experience. For many families, it is indescribably painful to accept that life may never be quite the same. It can often feel as though more consequences continually arise in the aftermath of wrongful death, compounding, and creating very challenging situations. Losing a family member in this way is not only mentally taxing, but it can also place an immense strain on your finances with the loss of your loved one’s regular income. When negligence plays a role in any loss of life in New Jersey, there are legal remedies you may be able to pursue. A wrongful death claim cannot give you back your loved one, but it can help to stabilize the situation while mitigating the worst economic effects.
Corradino and Papa, LLC, a New Jersey-based law firm, can provide valuable help to your family in this most challenging time. We understand the daunting nature of this situation, and we know that for practically every family, an emotionally-draining and the legally complex fight is not at the top of their to-do list. When insurance companies or negligent parties will not come to the table, however, you must avail yourself of the legal remedies we can provide.
Our firm steps up to lift the burden from your shoulders, handling your case while keeping you informed. Using our depth of experience and passionate commitment to our clients, we will pursue the maximum amount of compensation allowed under the law for your losses. Together, we can work to build a framework of support that can help to keep you afloat as you begin the healing process and turn a page in your life.
Before you take the next steps, it’s helpful to understand what circumstances may qualify as a “wrongful death” and when you should consider seeking qualified legal assistance from a firm such as our own.
Wrongful Death Defined
In New Jersey, the definition of a “wrongful death” states that it is any death that occurs as the result of a third party’s “default,” “neglect,” or “wrongful act.” For example, negligence at the hands of a drunk driver leading to death could constitute a wrongful death in civil proceedings. Fatal workplace accidents that occur due to unsafe conditions or improper maintenance could also qualify. To determine whether a wrongful death occurred, the courts apply a four-pronged test in examining the facts of a case. These include establishing both the duty of the individual at fault and the type of breach of that duty that occurred, while also showing that that breach led to death as a result. The fourth and final prong requires plaintiffs to demonstrate that real financial losses occurred or will occur as the result of the death.
If all that sounds like a lot to take in, it’s true, it can be overwhelming. However, that is precisely why Corradino & Papa is here to help.
The Importance of Proper Legal Representation During a Wrongful Death Case
Having an experienced lawyer on your side is essential in lodging a wrongful death suit, especially given how many different layers of responsibility you must establish. Trying to handle this on your own is a practical impossibility, especially when you and your family may still be in the midst of the grieving process. With Corradino & Papa, you can focus on what’s most important right now while we gather the essential facts in the case.
Perhaps the most crucial reason to have sound legal assistance backing up your case is the need to show damages. It can be challenging to put a dollar value on your loved one’s life, but it is essential for proceeding towards a positive outcome in court. We work closely and compassionately with our clients to fully assess the extent of financial damages you’ve suffered, including the loss of future income and/or any currently existing contributions to the family’s economic well-being. Our goal is always to help you secure the maximum amount of compensation available under the law.
Understanding the Types of Damages You May Seek
What are you entitled to if a third party is ultimately found to be responsible for your loved one’s death? Some of the most common types of financial damages we help clients recover include:
- Medical bills, including hospital charges, ambulance services, etc.
- Funeral expenses
- Damages stemming from the loss of spousal or parental companionship
- Lost income
In some exceptional cases, you may have a legal entitlement to file a “survivorship action,” which is a particular form of a personal injury claim. Simply put, it is the lawsuit your loved one would have been entitled to file had they survived the accident or incident that ultimately contributed to causing their death. Filing a survivorship action is an important step to take when death did not occur immediately.
Our team will take a close look at the facts of your case to help determine if you should seek such action. While no settlement can make your family completely whole again, it can do a great deal to eliminate the fear and uncertainty that comes from the loss of a primary income stream. Feel free to inquire for more information about what damages you can recover.
Explore Your Rights and Legal Options with a Respected Law Firm
In the wake of an unexpected death, take the opportunity to focus some of your energy on exploring your legal options for recovery. At Corradino & Papa, we believe the negligent parties should be held to account, to provide you with the support necessary to move forward after a traumatic experience. With a “no recovery, no fee” policy, you can consider your next steps without taking risks which are wholly unnecessary for your family during this time.
Contact us today online by email or call us now at 973.574.1200 and request a free no-obligation consultation concerning the facts of your case.