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Did Your Loved One Suffer a Wrongful Death?

If someone else’s actions led to the loss of a person you care about, you may be able to recover much-needed compensation. We are here to help.

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Losing a loved one due to the negligence of another person is one of the most painful experiences a family can go through. At Peter N. Davis & Associates, we understand the emotional and financial toll this can take on you and your family. A compassionate wrongful death lawyer in Lodi, NJ, can help you seek justice and compensation for your loss.

Wrongful death claims can arise from various incidents such as car accidents, unsafe property conditions, and workplace accidents. Our dedicated attorneys will work tirelessly to investigate the circumstances of your loved one’s death, gather evidence, and build a strong case on your behalf. We will fight for your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve for the financial and emotional losses you have suffered.

Attorney Peter N. Davis has nearly 4 decades of experience helping families in Lodi and across New Jersey recover after tragic losses. We understand the pain and trauma of losing a family member and are here to provide you with the empathetic and effective representation you need. We will help you and your family get the justice you deserve so you can focus on healing and moving forward.

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Because time is of the essence in these cases, we make it easy to get started with our office. Just call or fill out our online form from your own home for a free case review and legal direction.

You Have the Right to Compensation

We are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of our New Jersey neighbors who have suffered by no fault of their own. You deserve justice for this loss, and we can help you obtain it.

Don’t Pay If We Don’t Win

Expenses are stressful enough to manage after a devastating loss. That’s why we offer free consultations and don’t charge any fees unless we win your case. Don’t let your financial situation stop you from getting legal assistance.

Types of Wrongful Death Claims

In New Jersey, wrongful death claims encompass a variety of scenarios, each with unique complexities. These claims provide justice and compensation to the families of the deceased. Here are some common types of wrongful death claims in the state:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: These are perhaps the most common causes of wrongful deaths. They include car crashes, truck accidents, motorcycle collisions, and incidents involving other types of vehicles.
  • Medical Malpractice: Wrongful death can occur due to medical errors such as misdiagnoses, surgical mistakes, medication errors, or failures in hospital care.
  • Workplace Accidents: These cases often involve deaths resulting from unsafe work environments or non-compliance with safety regulations. This category can include industrial accidents, exposure to harmful substances, and accidents involving heavy machinery.
  • Defective Products: When a product is poorly designed or manufactured, it can lead to fatal consequences. This category covers a wide range of products, from pharmaceuticals and food items to vehicles and children’s safety products.
  • Premises Liability: These claims arise when a death occurs due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, such as slip and fall accidents or insufficient security measures.
  • Pedestrian Accidents: These cases involve individuals who are fatally injured while walking, often due to driver negligence or hazardous walking conditions.

At the Law Office of Peter N. Davis & Associates, we specialize in various areas of law, including wrongful death cases. Our team understands the complexities of these cases and the sensitivity they require. We are committed to guiding families through this difficult time, offering compassionate legal support and unwavering advocacy.

What Our Clients Are Saying About Us!

5 Star Reviews

I was at a red light and a driver came up behind and rear-ended my vehicle. Immediately after the accident, I called Peter Davis’ office and he started working on my case right away. His staff was very conscientious to the issue and I just felt very comfortable with dealing with his entire office. He really did a great job in helping me. First thing I would do is find yourself a good attorney like Peter Davis. Peter did a great job with the insurance company. He really fought hard for me.

5 Star Reviews

I was in a terrible car accident. Immediately after that, I was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. The insurance company treated me unfairly. They refused to pay for my surgery and Mr. Davis made them. If you get into an accident, it’s very important for you to pick someone to be your voice and defend your rights and I suggest Mr. Davis. When I came to Mr. Davis, I was treated with respect, like I was one of his family members, and I really loved him for that.

5 Star Reviews

I was driving in Hoboken and was preparing to stop at a stop sign and before I got to the stop sign, I was rear-ended. After the accident, I called Peter’s office and they started working for me right away. Large insurance companies are not looking out for the consumer. I needed Peter Davis to help me out. Mr. Davis fought hard for me and got me the money that I deserved.

5 Star Reviews

I was in the car, I was the passenger, we were stopped about five cars back from the stop sign and all of the sudden we got hit from behind… And it was a girl that was talking on her cell phone. My car insurance said, ‘We’re not paying for anything else.’ My private health insurance said, ‘We’re not paying for anything else.’ Without a lawyer I would probably still be out there wondering why I was still hurting, why I was still having problems and what was I going to do? Peter has contacted the insurance companies. He has gone with me to doctor’s appointments. They have really gone above and beyond. We need people like Peter Davis to help us.

5 Star Reviews

I was driving on Route 46. A guy was on his cell phone and didn’t realize everyone had stopped or slowed in front of him, so full blast, he hit me in the back. After the accident, I called Peter’s office and he started working for me right away. Peter took the case to arbitration and forced the insurance company to give me a good settlement.

5 Star Reviews

I was with my son about to get to the cash register and there was a puddle of water that I didn’t see and I slipped and fell. After I fell, I was in physical therapy for six months. I called Peter’s office and Peter started working for me right away. I don’t think the insurance company would have been fair with me if I didn’t have a good lawyer. I would recommend the Peter Davis law firm to anyone who was injured in an accident.


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Expenses a Wrongful Death Settlement Covers

It is impossible to put a price on your relationship with your deceased loved one. For this reason, we work to learn more about them by talking closely with you and your loved ones. Your friends, coworkers, and family members help us tell the story of your relationship. Then, emotional loss will be factored into the calculation of your compensatory damages.

There are many factors to consider when determining the amount of financial damages to be awarded:

  • 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 burial
  • the loss of inheritance

In addition to these 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 awarded infrequently and generally are smaller sums. To qualify for punitive damages in New Jersey, there must be evidence that the party at fault acted with malice and/or in “wanton and willful disregard” for the rights of others.

To help the jury with those calculations, your Lodi wrongful death lawyer will bring in expert witnesses who can estimate dollar amounts to apply to these circumstances. In addition to this, economists, therapists, medical providers, and other experts will show the jury the depth of your loss and the financial settlement necessary for you to retain your quality of life.

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Understanding Wrongful Death Laws in New Jersey

You may be wondering whether you can file a civil wrongful death suit. The truth is that a cost-free evaluation of your legal circumstances is the best way to know for sure. During a consultation, there is no commitment, only the chance to learn more about what your case is worth and what your options are. In the meantime, explore the tabs below to learn about a few of the factors involved in a New Jersey wrongful death claim.

A wrongful death is when a person’s death is the fault of another person or entity. This differs from any criminal charge like murder in that wrongful death is an issue for civil court rather than criminal court. Wrongful death claims can cover a wide variety of scenarios from fatal auto accidents to medical malpractice and even cases of faulty products.

It’s important to note that even if the defendant in your suit is under criminal investigation related to the death, you can still file a wrongful death suit. Your wrongful death case is completely independent of any criminal case, so even if the defendant is found not guilty in their criminal case, you could still win damages from them in your wrongful death case.

In New Jersey, only the executor of the decedent’s will or the personal representative of the estate holds the authority to initiate a wrongful death claim. Recovered damages are typically distributed to the decedent’s survivors. Typically these damages go to the decedent’s spouse and/or children, but they could include others who can demonstrate dependency on the deceased.

Unlike criminal offenses involving a death, wrongful death civil suits have a statute of limitations. That means there’s a limited time you can file before it’s too late and the guilty party can no longer be held accountable.

In the state of New Jersey, the statute of limitations is 2 years from the victim’s death. If you want to avoid having your suit barred from court, make sure you file as soon as possible to ensure compliance with the limited time frame. An experienced Lodi wrongful death lawyer will help you through the process as you deal with the stress and hardship of healing from the loss.

Wrongful death laws and statutes are in place to protect families who have lost loved ones due to negligence or wrongful acts. These laws ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable and provide a means for the deceased’s family to receive financial compensation.

Peter N. Davis and Associates: Advocating for Families in Their Time of Need

Our Lodi wrongful death lawyers excel in handling wrongful death cases with a comprehensive and client-centric approach. Here’s what the legal team at Peter N. Davis & Associates provides for our clients:

  1. Vast experience in various types of wrongful death claims, from auto accidents to slips or falls on someone else’s property
  2. Personalized attention and transparent communication, navigating complex legal landscapes effectively and always keeping our clients’ best interests at the forefront
  3. Empathetic client service and legal expertise
  4. Rigorous court preparation and effective settlement negotiations
  5. Negotiations with insurance companies, with a commitment to fighting on behalf of our clients and countering tactics used to minimize payouts

Our approach involves thorough investigation, protection of client rights, and advocacy against unfair practices. By having us by your side, you can focus on healing while we fight for the full compensation you deserve.

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Wrongful Death FAQs

It is highly recommended that you hire an injury attorney who has experience with wrongful death cases to represent you in a lawsuit. Wrongful death claims in New Jersey can be complex, and having a skilled attorney on your side can greatly increase your chances of getting the outcome you need.

Negligence refers to a failure to take reasonable care to prevent harm to others. In a wrongful death case, negligence may be established if it can be shown that the defendant had a duty of care to the deceased, they breached that duty, and that breach caused the death.

Examples of negligence in a wrongful death case can include drunk driving, medical malpractice, or failure to maintain safe premises. Our attorneys at Peter N. Davis & Associates are well-versed in New Jersey negligence laws and can help you build a strong case.

Many wrongful death cases are settled outside of court through negotiations with insurance companies or through alternative dispute resolution methods.

That being said, if a fair settlement cannot be reached, your case may go to court. Our attorneys at Peter N. Davis & Associates have extensive experience in both settlement negotiations and court litigation, and we will work to achieve the best outcome for you and your family.

At Peter N. Davis & Associates, we work on a contingency fee basis for wrongful death cases. This means that we do not charge any upfront fees, and we only receive payment if we win your case. This is in addition to our complementary case evaluations.

Our fee is typically a percentage of the total settlement or verdict amount, and we will discuss the details of our fee structure with you during your free consultation.

No! Insurance companies often make lowball settlement offers that do not fully compensate you for your losses. An attorney can review the offer and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your damages.

At Peter N. Davis & Associates, we have a track record of successfully negotiating fair settlements for our clients in wrongful death cases.