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What Does Wrongful Death Mean?

People know what murder is. They know what it means when a person dies in a vehicle crash or as the result of medical malpractice. These are terms that are familiar enough to a regular person that when you say “Bob died from cancer” or “Bob died when a semi-truck rolled over his skull,” that you immediately understand what happened and why it happened.

Less understood, however, is the concept of wrongful death. All death, in the eyes of the bereaved, is wrongful and hurtful and should not have happened. Every family wishes they could stave off the death of a loved one and feel wronged by nature when death comes knocking. However, in the eyes of the Civil Courts, what counts as wrongful death? How is wrongful death different from a criminal act of murder? And how can you recover from this?

If you See Something Traumatic, Can You Sue for Emotional Damages?

Trauma doesn’t come with a price tag. If your car gets broken in, there’s monetary value to how much a new window or door may cost. If your leg breaks, therapy and hospitals will give you a fee for their services to help you heal. However, when it comes to witnessing something horrible, it’s far harder to find an economic value on your experiences.

New Jersey Wrongful Death Claims

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The death of a loved one will always cause emotional and financial grief to family members. Wrongful death cases are frequently challenging for clients, because they often have to relive tragic events and deal with controversial issues in the case. Common wrongful death cases in New Jersey include car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, workplace accidents, medical malpractice, bicycle accidents, defective products, lack of security, and wrongdoing by law enforcement.

How We Help with New Jersey Wrongful Death Cases

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New Jersey's wrongful death statute can present challenges to survivors after a fatal accident. It is therefore particularly important to have a knowledgeable and aggressive wrongful death attorney on your side to assist you in pursuing all available compensation after the accidental death of a loved one.

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