New Jersey Wrongful Death Attorney
The sudden passing of a friend or family member is a tragic event. Wrongful death claims in New Jersey are brought on behalf of the Estate of a person whose death was caused by the negligence of another, product failure or medical malpractice. These are just a few examples of what a wrongful death may be based upon.
In a wrongful death lawsuit the survivors (estate of the decedent) are seeking money damages from the wrongdoer for the actual financial losses the survivors have suffered, and will suffer in the future. For example, if a husband who earns $100,000 year tragically passes, the surviving wife would seek money damages due to the financial loss of the husband’s earnings.
Financial loss includes not only the actual monies the decedent would have earned and contributed for the benefit of the survivors, but also the reasonable value of the services, assistance, care, training, guidance, advise, counsel and the companionship the survivors would have received from the decedent had he/she lived. Wrongful death and survivor claims often provide the only vehicle for financial security for the family members following the devastating loss.
If the survivors are entitled to an award the amount recoverable is comprised of two parts:
- The amount of the financial loss to date, and
- The present value of any future loss
Past Loss: The Jury, once they have decided the survivors are entitled to recover, must determine the amount of the financial loss from the date of the death to the present.
Future Loss: The Jury, after hearing expert testimony on certain economic claims made, will determine the reliability of the expert(s)’ projections of future economic loss.
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