If you recently lost a loved one in a devastating accident, you could face serious challenges and have a number of questions. In addition to unbearable emotional trauma, fatal accidents can also lead to significant financial repercussions, whether you struggle with medical costs, funeral expenses or other hardships.
If you wonder whether you have the ability to move forward with a wrongful death claim, it is pivotal to familiarize yourself with New Jersey’s laws.
Family members, dependents and wrongful death claims
In New Jersey, the personal representative of a decedent’s estate can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a decedent’s family members and dependents (or the court-appointed administrator, if the decedent did not have an estate plan at the time of their death). According to the New Jersey Legislature, the surviving spouse of someone who passed away due to another party’s negligence can secure benefits from a wrongful death claim, as well as his or her surviving descendants (such as children and grandchildren).
In some instances, other family members can receive wrongful death benefits, such as a parent, sibling, nephew or niece. It is important to understand that in New Jersey, anyone who can prove their financial dependence on a decedent could receive benefits from a wrongful death claim as a dependent, even if they are not a relative.
Moving forward with a wrongful death claim
No amount of compensation can make up for the pain that comes with losing a loved one due to the negligence of another person. However, a successful lawsuit could provide you with critical resources that you need, whether you have difficulty paying bills, buying food, taking care of family members or other important responsibilities. If you are struggling with the aftermath of a wrongful death, you deserve justice and should not hesitate to review your options and prepare carefully.