What You Should Know About Wrongful Death Claims in New Jersey

Losing a loved one to wrongful death is unimaginable. If you are in this unfortunate situation, do not wait to reach out to our skilled New Jersey personal injury attorneys today. Our firm is dedicated to supporting you and your family during this trying time.

What are the causes of wrongful death in New Jersey?

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, including the following:

  • Medical negligence: this occurs when healthcare providers and facilities that did not follow the proper standard of reasonable care which then results in the unnecessary death of a patient.
  • Automobile accidents: this includes 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 can 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. Our firm understands that financial compensation will not fill the void of your lost loved one, however, the economic burdens you and your family are facing may be relieved. It is important to understand that these laws are different state by state. In some states, only the representative of the deceased party’s estate can bring a wrongful death case. However, 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

Do not wait to reach out to our firm today if you have lost a loved one as a result of another’s negligence. Our dedicated legal team will work endlessly for you to make sure that you have the support you require during this unimaginably difficult time. Give us a call today.


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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