What To Do When The Unthinkable Happens
Fatal car accident.
These three words summarize most people’s worst fears about New Jersey roadways. In cases where the unthinkable happens to someone close to us, it is important to grieve and then set right whatever is possible.
Goldstein & Goldstein, LLP, in East Orange, New Jersey, has witnessed the terrible circumstances that can surround fatal car accidents. In our more than 30 years as wrongful death lawyers, we have experience representing individuals and families in wrongful death lawsuits.
Contact us today at 973-609-5693 or by email here to learn what compensation you and your family may be due. We offer a free initial consultation and can provide you with free transportation to our office.
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Essex County Fatal Car Accident Lawyer
Not every fatal car accident constitutes a wrongful death in the eyes of the law. However, when a death is the result of negligence, recklessness or malicious intent, survivors may be eligible to collect civil damages for their injuries, including
- Pain and suffering of their loved one
- Loss of companionship/consortium
- Lost income/loss of future income
Unlike murder or manslaughter, which are criminal offenses that must be proven “by a reasonable doubt” in a court of law, wrongful death is a civil charge that carries a lesser burden of proof and lesser penalties. Survivors must prove only “a preponderance of the evidence” that a party was responsible for the death.
For example, if an intoxicated or inattentive driver caused a head-on collision that killed another motorist, his or her survivors could sue for monetary damages from the driver. The survivors would have to prove that, more likely than not, the driver caused their loved one to die.
Let Our Experience Lighten Your Burden
Filing a lawsuit can be a traumatic experience for anyone, whether or not he or she has lost a loved one. Unfortunately, New Jersey law does not allow survivors to grieve indefinitely before they must take action or lose the ability to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
At a time in which many survivors want to slow their lives and reflect, the law requires them to move quickly for the sake of their futures.
Goldstein & Goldstein, LLP, understands this dilemma. Our attorneys can observe filing deadlines and take care of other details for you. Your actions today could secure a financial future for you and those who depend on you.