New Jersey Wrongful Death Lawyers
Nothing is quite as devastating as knowing that a loved one has died by reason of the negligent or intentional conduct of another person. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in successful settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of the estates of victims of wrongful death in all types of personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, faulty security, police brutality, and worksite accidents.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims
The wrongful death of a loved one permanently affects the lives of their family members. Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman will aggressively represent your interests and hold all responsible parties accountable for the injuries and losses that they have inflicted. We can do this in several ways.
- Bringing a wrongful death claim against a defendant allows the victim’s estate to recover monetary damages for their emotional and financial losses. New Jersey’s laws permit family members to recover compensatory damages for lost earnings, and loss of care, comfort, support advice and guidance of the victim. Lost earnings claims typically extend through the victim’s intended retirement age.
- In New Jersey, a survival action claim is commonly included within a wrongful death lawsuit. This statute allows the estate to file a claim for injuries and losses, just as the decedent would have. It typically includes compensation for injuries, medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering, and fear of impending death due to a sudden accident or prolonged suffering related to the injuries. Any damages recovered go to the decedent’s estate and benefit any dependents or heirs.
- Witnessing the death of a spouse, a child or a close family member is a tragic, traumatizing experience. When someone has suffered through this type of event in New Jersey, they are entitled to file a separate claim for negligent or intentional infliction of emotional distress in conjunction with the wrongful death lawsuit.
Examples of some of the lawsuits our team has handled are the $12 million medical malpractice jury verdict against an oral surgeon whose negligence resulted in the death of a twenty-one-year-old man within twelve hours of having his wisdom teeth extracted, $7.8 million settlement of a product liability/wrongful death case of a mother and daughter killed by a roller coaster at a New Jersey amusement park, a $5 million settlement for a deadly automobile accident, a $3.18 million settlement for a woman who drowned when her car veered off and plunged into the Passaic River, a $3 million jury verdict for medical malpractice that led to wrongful death of a New Jersey man, a $2.8 million settlement for death of sixteen-year-old football player from sports concussion, a $2.7 million settlement we achieved for the family of an individual who was killed at the hands of police officers, a $1.1 million jury verdict for medical malpractice that led to wrongful death, and the $884,000 jury verdict for the death of an eighty- year old man. Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits in NJ
If a loved one has been the victim of a deadly accident, please contact Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman and an attorney will contact you within twenty-four hours to discuss your case.