What to Know About Wrongful Death Claims in New Jersey

Losing a loved one is devastating. This can be especially difficult when a death occurs as a result of negligence. If you have lost a loved one due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Our firm understands that compensation cannot ease the pain of your loss, but it may be able to ease some of the financial burdens you face as a result of the accident. Read on to learn more about wrongful death claims in New Jersey.

What is wrongful death?

In New Jersey, wrongful death is defined as any negligent act that causes the death of another individual. In most cases, even a deliberate act of murder can qualify relatives of the victim from filing a wrongful death suit. There are numerous examples of negligence that can cause wrongful death.

What are the causes of wrongful death in New Jersey?

Some of the most common examples of wrongful death cases include:

  • Medical negligence: This occurs when healthcare providers and facilities fail to follow the proper standard of care which then results in the unnecessary death of a patient.
  • Automobile accidents: This includes car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, and many others as a result of a negligent driver.
  • Defective products: This refers to products that cause consumers to pass away due to manufacturing faults, poor design, or missing warning labels. This type of incident can qualify survivors of the victim to file a claim against the manufacturer or other parties responsible for the product defects.

Who is eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in New Jersey?

You may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit if you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another. In New Jersey, the state permits certain family members who were financially dependent on the lost loved one to be allowed to pursue wrongful death lawsuits. These family members include:

  • Spouse
  • Minor children
  • Parents
  • Adult children
  • Siblings
  • Grandchildren
  • Nieces or nephews who may have relied on the deceased for financial support

If you have lost a loved one due to another party’s negligence, our firm is here for you every step of the way. Reach out today to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.


Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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