Money cannot bring back a loved one nor erase the pain of a life lost. What a wrongful death settlement can provide is financial security for surviving family members and, hopefully, the message for others to act more safely and prevent the same kind of accident in the future.
Wrongful death cases seek two types of outcome. The family deprived of a primary earner faces an uncertain future, therefore, compensatory damages are awarded to ease their financial concerns. Then, a legal judgment for punitive damages addresses, specifically, the negligence and maliciousness shown by the party at fault.
After you come to us regarding a wrongful death, our caring and attentive attorneys work with you every step of the way to pursue justice. We gather all the evidence needed to ensure that a jury understands the extent to which your life has been upended by your loved one’s wrongful death. We want you to find closure with the case’s resolution, and we are mindful of the toll the entire experience takes on you and your family.
Calculating A Wrongful Death Settlement
The jury considers a number of factors when determining an amount of financial damages. The age of the deceased, the resulting loss of income due to his or her death, the loss of parental counsel and guidance, the loss of support or services, the costs for a funeral and the loss of inheritance all come under scrutiny during deliberations. To help the jury with those calculations, our legal team brings in expert witnesses who can estimate dollar amounts. Plus, expert economists, therapists, and others to show the jury the deep nature of your loss and the financial settlement necessary for you to retain your quality of life.
It is impossible to put a price on your personal relationship with the deceased, of course. So, we learn about your loved one by talking with those closest to you. Your friends, coworkers and family members help us tell the story of your relationship. Then the jury will factor emotional loss into their calculation of your compensatory damages.
Punitive Damages or Punishment
In addition to compensatory damages, punitive damages (also called exemplary damages) may be awarded if the party at fault acted in a particularly reckless or malevolent manner. Punitive damages are not routinely awarded, and generally are not enormous in amount. In order to qualify for punitive damages in New Jersey, “there must be evidence” that the party at fault acted with “actual malice” and/or in “wanton and willful disregard” for the rights of others.
Our legal team has practiced personal injury and wrongful death litigation in New Jersey since 1989, and we have helped thousands of clients through the pain and uncertainty of a wrongful death case.
Contact us for free today and let’s get started on your case! We’ll meet you in your home, at the hospital or in our Paterson, NJ office.