Losing a loved one is traumatic. However, it can become all the more painful when you realize that the loved one’s accident was preventable, that it was the result of someone else’s negligent behavior.
If your loved one passed away because of someone else’s negligence in North Bergen, you may be able to hold the responsible person or corporation financially accountable. A North Bergen wrongful death lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to gather evidence of liability and build a case to pursue compensation for your losses in settlement negotiations or on trial.
When we represent you, Morelli Law Firm can take the legal burden off of you and your family and pursue justice on your behalf while you focus on healing from your loss.
For a free, no-obligation review of your case, contact Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800.
Negligent Acts that Can Lead to Wrongful Death
A wrongful death occurs when the negligent behavior of a person or company leads to the death of another individual. Many of the same accidents that result in personal injury lawsuits when the victim is injured can be the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit if the victim does not survive.
Some common types of negligent acts that can lead to wrongful death are:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
New Jersey had 564 fatalities in 2018 as a result of motor vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and those involving commercial vehicles.
Negligent drivers can cause fatal motor vehicle accidents by committing traffic law violations, driving while intoxicated, or driving aggressively.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and falls, or trip and falls, are another type of common accident. On some occasions, they are caused by a hazard left out by another party’s negligence.
Store owners, for example, are responsible for maintaining a property that is reasonably safe and correcting any dangers that a reasonable person would foresee. If they fail to wipe up wet floors or correct loose or torn carpeting, the owner may be responsible for falling accidents.
Product liability refers to the liability of manufacturers and others within the supply chain for product defects. A product could become defective at the design, manufacturing, or marketing level, meaning various parties may have liability for a defective product.
Defective products that can cause fatal accidents include things like tires, airbags, electrical equipment, safety equipment, prescription drugs, and more.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, over 250,000 people die each year in the U.S. as a result of medical mistakes. This puts medical errors as a third-leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.
When a doctor’s negligence falls below a reasonable standard of care and harms their patient, they may be liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Fatal medical malpractice injuries can occur due to surgical errors, medication errors, misdiagnoses, and other forms of medical negligence.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home abuse can include physical abuse, neglect, underfeeding, withheld medications, and more. These forms of abuse can lead to serious health complications and, potentially, death.
Construction workers face unique risks on the job, but there is no excuse for fatalities that result from negligent safety practices or other forms of job site negligence.
Regardless of the circumstances that led to your loved one’s death, if you believe that another party’s negligence played a role, a North Bergen wrongful death lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you hold the negligent party or corporation responsible.
For a free case review with a member of our team, contact Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800.
How the Statute of Limitations Could Impact Your Claim
Every state places a limit on the amount of time that you have to pursue damages after a wrongful death accident. In New Jersey, the wrongful death statute of limitations is generally two years, per New Jersey Statute (NJ Stat) §2A:31-3. If you do not take legal action within this time frame, you may be barred from financial recovery via a lawsuit.
If you have questions about what specific deadlines pertain to your case, call Morelli Law Firm today.
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Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim
Every wrongful death accident is different, and the type of damages you may be able to recover in a wrongful death claim depends on the details of the case. Some possible types of recoverable damages after a wrongful death accident include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical costs associated with caring for the victim prior to their death
- Wages and benefits previously provided by the deceased
- And more
How a North Bergen Wrongful Death Lawyer May Be Able to Help You
Morelli Law Firm understands how difficult this time can be for you. Our compassionate team wants to do all we can to relieve the legal burden from your shoulders while you focus on spending time with your family.
When we represent you, a North Bergen wrongful death lawyer from our firm can investigate the details of your loved one’s accident by gathering evidence like police reports, eyewitness statements, or video surveillance, if available. We can also gather your bills, receipts, and medical records to calculate the full value of your case.
Once we have assembled your case, we can negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company for a settlement offer. If they do not make you a fair offer, we can take your case to trial.
We can also handle all communications, deadlines, and paperwork for you along the way. Morelli Law Firm may be able to offer you these services, and more, on a contingency-fee-basis, where you do not pay us attorney’s fees unless and until you recover compensation.
For a free, no-risk review of your case, call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800.