The sudden, unexpected loss of a loved one is one of the most traumatic events you can experience. This heart-wrenching time is even more difficult when the loss is the result of someone’s reckless or careless actions. You may face a myriad of emotions: grief, anger, confusion and fear. You may not know what to do next.
At Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC, we are committed to supporting surviving family members through this challenging time. We will help you understand your rights and seek compensation from those responsible. Contact us today by calling 732-617-8050 or completing the form on this page to discuss your case for free. We welcome clients from Newark, Jersey City, Monmouth and Middlesex Counties in New Jersey.
Understanding Your Wrongful Death Case
Generally, wrongful death cases arise when negligence or misconduct leads to the death of a family member. These tragic events can result from dangerous premises, defective products, medical malpractice or even outright malice.
In New Jersey, wrongful death cases are brought on behalf of the surviving family members. They are usually filed by the executor or personal representative of the estate. Any recovered damages can be distributed among any surviving family members who were dependent on the deceased at the time of death. Those who are entitled to inherit from the deceased person are also eligible for compensation under New Jersey’s inheritance laws.
Dependent individuals who may receive damages in a New Jersey wrongful death case include the surviving:
- Any person who can prove that he or she was actually dependent on the deceased
Generally speaking, the surviving children and spouse come first. Parents can only inherit if there is no surviving child or spouse. Furthermore, surviving nieces, nephews and siblings can only receive damages if there are no surviving parents of the deceased.
Obtaining Justice and Compensation for Your Family
No amount of compensation can make up for the loss of a loved one. However, it’s important that those responsible are held accountable for their negligence. In addition to filling the financial void left by your loved one’s passing, these cases can help prevent similar tragedies from happening to someone else.
- Medical expenses
- Funeral costs
- Lost financial support
- Loss of value of home services such as childcare, cleaning and other services
Compassionate Wrongful Death Attorneys
We understand what a devastating time this is for you and your family. We can help reduce the emotional strain of a legal action by dealing with the insurance company and the responsible parties on your behalf.
At Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC, we know your situation is unique. We will never treat you like just another case number. When you work with us, you are our top priority. Our compassionate wrongful death lawyers will take the time to listen to your concerns and provide honest and direct feedback about the merits of your case. We will work closely with you to design a strategy together, based on your specific goals.
If you’ve lost a family member due to someone’s negligent actions, contact the experienced wrongful death attorneys at Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC today online or at 732-617-8050 to begin building your case. We proudly serve clients from areas in and near Monmouth and Middlesex County.