Montclair Wrongful Death Attorney
We want to extend our deepest condolences if you recently lost a loved one in a tragic accident. At Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC, we understand that nothing can make up for the loss of someone you love, but we hope that we can help support your family during this difficult time by providing quality legal services. Our Montclair wrongful death lawyers have one goal: to give your loved one a voice in the civil justice system.
Contact us today to discuss your wrongful death claim in detail. We offer free initial consultations in Montclair and throughout New Jersey. We also operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning your family won’t pay a dime in attorney’s fees unless we are successful in obtaining financial compensation.
What Is Wrongful Death? What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In New Jersey, the legal definition of wrongful death is a loss of life due to someone else’s neglect, wrongdoing or default. Wrongful death can arise as a result of carelessness, recklessness, intent to harm, criminal acts or medical malpractice. Common examples of accidents that lead to wrongful death claims in New Jersey are:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Premises liability accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Defective products
A wrongful death claim or lawsuit is a type of civil action that seeks financial compensation from the person or party responsible for causing the victim’s death. While a criminal case may also arise after a death, such as for murder or manslaughter, a civil claim reimburses surviving family members rather than punishes the at-fault party. Your family may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit if someone else caused or substantially contributed to your loved one’s fatal injury.
When to Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney in Montclair
It is important to work with an attorney during a wrongful death lawsuit in New Jersey. It can be difficult to handle the legal process on your own, especially while you are simultaneously planning a funeral or grieving your loved one. A lawyer can help in many ways during this difficult time. Your lawyer can explain confusing laws, answer your questions and guide your family through the whole legal process.
Wrongful Death FAQs
It is normal to have questions regarding wrongful death lawsuits in New Jersey. Our attorneys can answer your questions in more detail and provide personalized legal advice during a free consultation. However, we hope these frequently asked questions can help in the meantime:
- Who has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in New Jersey? In New Jersey, only a personal representative or executor of the deceased person’s estate may file a wrongful death lawsuit.
- Am I eligible for a monetary award? The personal representative will file a claim on behalf of surviving loved ones and beneficiaries and/or the decedent’s estate. Parties who can recover a monetary award include a surviving spouse, child, parent and sibling. You must prove that you were dependent upon the decedent to be eligible for financial damages.
- What is the time limit to file? The time limit to file a wrongful death lawsuit in New Jersey is two years from the date of the victim’s death. However, there is no time limit if the death was caused by a crime (murder, aggravated murder or manslaughter) for which the defendant was convicted or found not guilty by reason of insanity or adjudicated delinquent
The laws in New Jersey are always changing and evolving. The best way to properly navigate New Jersey’s wrongful death laws is by having an attorney represent you.
Speak to an Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyer in Montclair Today | Free Case Review
At Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC, we have been representing surviving family members in Montclair and throughout New Jersey for almost 50 years. We have what it takes to guide you and your family through a complex claim during this difficult time. Find out how we can help you. Call (201) 997-0030 today to start your case with a free review.