The last thing you want to think about when mourning the loss of a loved one is money; but you must think about it. How are you going to provide for yourself and your family in the absence of the deceased? If your loved one died as the result of somebody else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation – and when you receive it, you’ll appreciate the peace of mind it brings. This type of lawsuit is commonly called a "wrongful death action," and you need an experienced Certified Civil Trial Attorney to make sure you get the maximum amount of compensation available to you from the responsible parties. Those parties could include individuals, or powerful corporations with aggressive legal teams whose job it is to keep you from getting compensated. Douglas Standriff has the knowledge and experience you need to get what you deserve, and the caring and kindness you need to keep the pain from this process to a minimum.
Your loved one’s estate can sue under two areas of New Jersey state law regarding wrongful death, all in one claim. Firstly, under what is known as a survivorship claim, you may be entitled to the damages the deceased would have been able to recover, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and medical bills if she or he had lived (New Jersey Statute 2A:15-3). Secondly, under the wrongful death claim, you may be entitled to economic damages, such as future wages had the decedent lived, for those who were dependent upon the deceased (New Jersey Statutes 2A:31-1).
New Jersey’s wrongful death statute states that the jury will determine damages. "In every action brought under the provisions of this chapter, the jury may give such damages as they shall deem fair and just with reference to the pecuniary injuries resulting from such death, together with the hospital, medical and funeral expenses incurred for the deceased, to the persons entitled to any intestate personal property of the decedent in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S. 2A:31-4." Because wrongful death claims are settled by a jury, you need an experienced Certified Civil Trial Attorney here in northern New Jersey who can take a strong stand on your behalf. Douglas Standriff has a strong record of success with wrongful death lawsuits in New Jersey. He will investigate thoroughly and handle all of the details of your case personally so that you don’t have to worry about this distressing legal process, and you can grieve and live the live that your loved one would have provided had he or she survived. Call Douglas Standriff at his Ridgewood, New Jersey office to discuss your loss and how Mr. Standriff may be able to help.