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The death of a loved one always fills us with anguish and grief, but when it was an entirely preventable death and your loved one is gone because of someone else’s act of negligence, reckless behavior, or purposeful wrongdoing, it can be even more traumatic. When we lose a beloved family member, it always feels wrong, but for the loss to meet the legal standards of a “wrongful death,” it has to have been caused by the actions or negligent inaction of someone else.
When the loved one was a family provider, the additional stress of financial worries can add to the grief at their passing. While financial compensation can’t bring the family member back, it can help to relieve economic stress while the family mourns and prepares to move forward.
If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s direct fault, a wrongful death lawsuit may be an important step toward justice.
The wrongful death attorneys at Grungo Law in Egg Harbor, understand the anguish of unjustly losing a family member before their time. We stand ready to advocate for full financial compensation so your loved one’s voice is heard.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
If your lost loved one could have filed a personal injury claim had they survived the accident or injury they sustained, then the loved ones left behind after their death could benefit from a wrongful death lawsuit. Like a personal injury claim, a claim for wrongful death asserts that the family member’s death was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another party. Some common wrongful death claims stem from the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
- Nursing home abuse or neglect
- Premises accidents
- Assaults or violent acts
Wrongful death claims are civil lawsuits and proceed independently from any pending criminal charges in the same case. Criminal cases serve to prosecute the wrongdoer, while a civil wrongful death lawsuit serves to compensate the family members who lost a loved one and a provider.
Can Any Family Member Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Egg Harbor?
Like most states, New Jersey sets limits on who can file a wrongful death claim to avoid the exploitation of a distant family member’s death. Only those survivors who suffer economic harm from the loss have a legal claim for wrongful death. In Egg Harbor Township, the following family members can file:
- The deceased individual’s spouse
- The deceased individual’s adult children or grandchildren if they had no living spouse
- The deceased person’s parents if they had no spouse
- Siblings, nieces, and nephews of the deceased but only if the deceased individual supported them or contributed to their support
What Damages Can a Family Recover in an Egg Harbor Wrongful Death Claim?
When a loved one was also a provider and died because of a preventable accident, you could claim the following damages if you qualify as a plaintiff in the case:
- Medical costs from the injury before the death
- Funeral expenses
- Burial expenses
- Lost earnings from the remainder of work years the deceased family member had left
- Lost benefits like retirement and healthcare
- Grief and anguish, emotional trauma
When a successful claim brings financial relief, your family can begin to heal with a sense of justice.
Why Choose Us for Your Egg Harbor Claim for Wrongful Death?
At Grungo Law, we have deep compassion for those mourning for a loved one taken before their time. We understand how grief can be compounded by fear when the loved one was also a provider for the family. We want to make sure your loved one’s death doesn’t leave financial burdens that add to the anguish your family has experienced. Contact our Egg Harbor wrongful death legal team today so we can hear about your experience with a free case consultation.