When a loved one dies unexpectedly, there are times in which the family is unprepared for the related expenses. Medical and funeral costs can quickly add up to exponential heights that the family cannot afford to pay for. However, there may be some relief available in the event that your loved one was killed while they were injured in an accident at work. Either the employer or the insurance company of the employer may be held responsible for paying these expenses.
If a person in New Jersey passes away as a result of the negligence or recklessness of another person or company, their family may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. You must be able to prove that if the person had not died from their injuries, they would be able to go to court and bring a personal injury case because of the conditions they were working in. The statutes of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim in New Jersey is two years from the death of the deceased person.
When a family member dies as a result of negligence in the workplace, their dependents are entitled to receive compensation for lost wages. If any monetary damages are recovered, they will have to be split between dependents if there was more than one. These persons can be the surviving spouse, children, parents, grandchildren or any other person who can provide proof that they actually depended on the income of the person who passed away.
One of the most vital components of obtaining damages in a wrongful death claim is that the dependents must successfully prove that the death of their loved one has caused them financial instability. The court looks at the amount of money that went to the dependents when determining compensation in a wrongful death claim. This compensation may also cover medical expenses, funeral services, counsel, and education. Unfortunately, in New Jersey, wrongful death does not compensate for emotional distress.
The Mark Law Firm has years of experience in recovering compensation for those who are affected by a loved one’s wrongful death. We understand the importance of filing a claim within the statutes of limitations so contact us today for a free consultation.