Paterson Wrongful Death Lawyer
You may be able to file a wrongful death claim in Paterson, New Jersey if a family member recently died in preventable circumstances, such as a car accident that was caused by a reckless driver. Filing a lawsuit with assistance from the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C. could bring someone to justice and financially reimburse your family. We care about our clients and understand how devastating the loss of a loved one is for everyone involved. We are here for you during this difficult time.
Why Choose Us?
- Our attorneys have over 90 years of combined experience. We provide exceptional legal representation.
- We are committed to giving our clients the support and legal guidance that they need.
- Our law firm has successfully resolved thousands of personal injury and wrongful death cases.
- You will stay in touch with your attorney and receive frequent updates about the status of your case.
- Our attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will only pay if you win your case.
What Is Wrongful Death?
New Jersey Statutes Section 2A:31-1 states that when the death of a person is caused by someone else’s wrongful act, neglect or default, it can be grounds for a legal cause of action. If a careless, wanton, reckless or malicious act or omission results in a fatal injury or illness, surviving family members may be entitled to financial compensation through New Jersey’s wrongful death law.
An easy way to think about a wrongful death claim is if the deceased person (decedent) would have been entitled to maintain an action for damages resulting from the injury had death not ensued, the person who would have been liable for those damages can be held liable now. In other words, if your deceased loved one could have filed a personal injury claim had he or she survived, your family may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit today.
New Jersey’s Wrongful Death Laws
To file a wrongful death claim, you must obey all of New Jersey’s related laws and statutes. Making just one mistake could result in the courts barring you from pursuing financial compensation. Some of the most important laws to know are:
- Statute of limitations – a time limit for filing a wrongful death claim, which is two years from the date of the decedent’s death in New Jersey. However, if the death was the result of murder, aggravated murder or manslaughter, there is no statute of limitations.
- Filing eligibility – only the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate may file a wrongful death lawsuit in New Jersey. This individual may be named in a will or appointed by the courts.
- Damages available – a successful wrongful death lawsuit could result in damages (compensation) for medical expenses related to the final illness or injury, reasonable funeral and burial costs, lost household services, loss of companionship, and lost wages or inheritance.
An attorney from the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C. can help you navigate all of these wrongful death laws to make the legal process as easy and efficient as possible. You can trust your attorney to pursue the best possible results for your case while you focus on grieving and healing.
Contact Us Today
If you have received the devastating news that a loved one has passed away and suspect that the death could have been prevented, contact us to request a free case consultation with one of our wrongful death attorneys. A lawsuit can hold someone accountable for this tragic loss and help your family move forward. During your case review, we will listen to your story and give you advice regarding your specific situation. Our attorneys care about their clients and treat them like family. We look forward to assisting you.