When a family loses a loved one, it is an overwhelming event for all involved. It is devastating to lose a parent, child or spouse. When the deceased is also the family’s breadwinner, the financial loss can bring ruin and bankruptcy to the family. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, it is imperative that you consult with an attorney to protect your family’s rights. Contact Cohn Lifland today for a free consultation.
New Jersey Wrongful Death Act
New Jersey enacted the Wrongful Death Act to compensate the family of a victim of a wrongful death. This lawsuit differs from other personal injury cases because the victim is not the person bringing the lawsuit. The New Jersey Wrongful Death Act allows for families of victims to recover economic damages based upon the lost earnings of the decedent, adjusting for future inflation and taking into consideration the victim’s projected earnings. Damages are calculated by multiplying the deceased earnings by the number of years before retirement, taking into account inflation. Also, the Act allows for family members to recover for the loss of companionship. This does not mean grief or emotional stress, which cannot be recovered through the Wrongful Death Act. It relates to the monetary value of parental guidance and care provided by the victim, the value of household services provided by the victim (cleaning, babysitting, etc.,) and hospital, medical and funeral expenses of the victim. If you were at the scene of the accident, you may be able to recover damages for the emotional distress of seeing a loved one injured and killed in an accident. That claim is outside the Wrongful Death Act and is brought individually by the person who saw the accident.
Contact Cohn Lifland
At Cohn Lifland, we are committed to our clients. Wrongful death lawsuits are some of the most painful ordeals a family has to endure. Our compassionate attorneys are available to ease you through your options, work tirelessly to hold the liable party accountable, and see to it that you are able to recover from the heartbreak without the unnecessary stress of worrying about your financial future. We pride ourselves on the personalized attention and dedication we offer to our clients. If you need a firm that is passionate about the law and dedicated to justice, contact Cohn Lifland for a free consultation today.