New Jersey & Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Lawyer
After a sudden and unexpected death of a loved one, you have many decisions to make. One of those should be whether you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim that can help you recover compensation for your losses. A New Jersey & Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyer can help you determine if you have a legal right to file a claim. Working with an attorney will also give you the best chance of obtaining the full settlement your family is entitled to.
In today’s fast paced world, your wrongful death claim requires a Trial Lawyer with courtroom experience and the resources to utilize the latest technology to advance your case. Whether you or your family are experiencing the devastating affects of a wrongful death or serious personal injuries, do not put your trust in the lawyer that handled your parking ticket. You deserve a New Jersey & Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyer with extensive experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases. Someone with over 30 years of experience handling cases involving auto and car accidents, truck and tractor trailer accidents, motorcycle crashes, defective products, medical malpractice or slip and falls.
Some Areas We Serve
- Atlantic City
- Burlington County
- Camden County
- Cape May
- Cumberland County
- Gloucester County
- Mercer County
- Middlesex County
- Ocean County
- Salem County
Defining Wrongful Death
The legal statutes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania use different language when defining a wrongful death. However, both essentially define a wrongful death as any person’s passing that was the result of another person’s negligent, violent, or wrongful actions. Both sets of laws allow certain individuals to file a claim against the negligent or criminal party that caused the wrongful death.
Who Can File Wrongful Death Claims?
The law in New Jersey only allows the executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate to file a wrongful death claim. If the deceased did not have a will appointing an executor, the probate court will assign someone to be representative of the estate. Although it is the representative of the estate that must file the lawsuit, any damages awarded are distributed between close relatives of the estate. These individuals can include the deceased’s spouse, children, parents, grandchildren, and siblings. If a non-relative was financially dependent on the deceased, they can also receive a portion of the damages.
In New Jersey, only the deceased’s spouse, children, or parents can file a wrongful death claim. These are also the only individuals who can benefit if the lawsuit is successful. If the deceased did not have a surviving spouse, child, or parent, a personal representative of the estate can file the claim.
Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death claims are governed by a statute of limitations, or time limit. In both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, that time limit is two years from the date of the death. There are some important considerations to the statute of limitations. The first is that the clock starts ticking on the day of the death and not on the day of the accident. For example, if your loved one was in a car accident and they succumbed to their injuries one week later, the statute of limitations would be two years from the date the person passed away.
The statute of limitations may also be tolled, or delayed, if the cause of death is not known right away. For example, a person may die of medical malpractice and it is only found out months later that negligence caused the death. In this case, the statute of limitations would start once the negligent act was discovered.
Being involved in a Pennsylvania or New Jersey car accident is an highly traumatic event that can lead to permanent physical and psychological harm. Another driver’s careless or reckless behavior can cause life-altering injuries affecting one’s ability to work and enjoy life to the fullest. Choosing the right Pennsylvania or New Jersey wrongful death and bodily injury lawyer can have a major impact on the monetary compensation you and your family will be awarded. Call 888-992-3166 to speak with me, Joseph Monaco, about your rights.
Whiplash is the most common injury from car accidents; however, it can render you disabled and put you in severe pain. Whiplash should not be dismissed as insignificant. Further, many car accidents can be complex when assessing fault. Pennsylvania and New Jersey car accident claims often require the assistance of experts such as accident reconstructionists and engineers. That’s why it is important to investigate a case quickly. This will avoid critical evidence from being lost or destroyed. Fortunately, I know how to make this process work to your advantage against the big insurance companies and corporations fighting to undermine the rights of New Jersey and Pennsylvania car accident victims.
Big vehicles such as tractor trailers, box trucks, 18 wheelers, dump trucks or big rigs cause big injuries. Because of the significant differences in size and weight between a commercial truck and a passenger type vehicle such as a sedan, SUV or pickup, the smaller vehicle typically sustains significant structural damage from the impact. This can lead to serious bodily injury or even wrongful death. If you or a family member have been in a Pennsylvania or New Jersey truck accident, or reside in these states with involvement in a truck accident happening in any other state, call or text me at 215-546-3166, 609-277-3166 or for a Free Consultation. Being involved in a trucking accident can be frightening and lead to unforeseen financial and emotional hardships. Don’t go it alone. Get the award winning legal representation you deserve.
With over 30 years of experience as a Pennsylvania and New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyer, I am here to help. After calling or texting me about your case, I will get to work right away investigating the accident and protecting your rights. You should take immediate action after a Pennsylvania or New Jersey truck accident so important evidence is documented and preserved.
While you are walking or jogging, you deserve to be safe. Unfortunately, New Jersey and Pennsylvania motorists often drive in a reckless or negligent manner. This could be from rushing or being distracted by a cell phone. If you or a loved one are injured as a pedestrian, contact me, Joseph Monaco, to learn how a New Jersey and Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Lawyer can protect your rights.
As a pedestrian, you have certain rights such as vehicles having to stop or yield to you in crosswalk. However, it is always best to pay attention to your surroundings and avoid looking down at your cell phone while walking. A 2013 study revealed that every two hours a pedestrian is killed and that every eight minutes a pedestrian is injured in a crash.
Fortunately, negligent and reckless New Jersey and Pennsylvania motorists are held accountable under the law. If you hire me, I will fight to get you a maximum award of monetary compensation so you can move forward with your life. Don’t be fooled by the big insurance companies. Their goal is to accuse you of fault and pay out as little as possible for your injuries including your lost wages and medical bills.
Here is a simple guide to safe practices for New Jersey and Pennsylvania pedestrians:
- Pay attention when walking close to motor vehicles especially when cutting though and crossing paths in parking lots
- Only cross the street at a crosswalk. Do not jaywalk or cross the middle of the street from between two parked cars
- Pay attention to traffic signals when crossing at an intersection
- Make sure vehicles traveling in each direction are going to stop before you begin crossing along a crosswalk. Often, one vehicle will stop while the other keeps going past the crosswalk
- Wear reflective clothing when walking at night
Dog Bite Cases
Dog bites are one of the worst accidents and they often strike without warning throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A large dog can maul a face and crush limbs. Smaller dogs can also cause significant harm resulting in permanent scarring. Hiring an experienced New Jersey or Pennsylvania Dog Bite Lawyer will help you recover an award of monetary compensation.
It can take months or even years to try or settle a dog bite case. During that time, your injuries will heal so it is important to document the ongoing healing process with frequent photographs. You should include photos of the lacerations before and after stitches, if possible. It can take six months to a year to know what the final scarring will look like.
You should also photograph the scene of the dog bite, the dog and any witnesses. If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, call or text me at 609-277-3166 or 215-546-3166. Don’t wait. Crucial evidence that could help prove your case can be lost or destroyed quickly.
Slip and Fall & Premises Liability Cases
If you or a loved one are injured in a Pennsylvania or New Jersey slip and fall accident on someone else’s private, commercial or governmental property, it is always a smart idea to explore your options including learning your rights to an award of monetary compensation. The best way to go about this is to simply call or text me to gain the advantage of my over 30 years of experience as a slip and fall and premises liability lawyer.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey premises liability laws vary somewhat but both jurisdictions allow injury victims to seek compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Pennsylvania and New Jersey have a two year time limit to file an action with the proper court. These laws are knows as statutes of limitation. Each state also follows a “comparative negligence” standard on assessing fault for the fall. An injury victim must be 50% or less at fault to recover an award of monetary damages. Call or text me at 215-546-3166 or 609-277-3166 to learn how I can help you in this time of need.
What To Do If You Suspect Wrongful Death
You should have a seasoned Wrongful Death Lawyer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey on your side because the loss of a loved one for any reason is a difficult experience to go through. When a death is caused by someone else’s action or inaction, the loss can be truly devastating. So many questions go unanswered. So many hopes are dashed. And so many hearts are broken.
A wrongful death can have a profound effect on a family, especially if the person was the primary provider. Many families are unprepared for the financial burden of a funeral in addition to the costs of daily living. Surviving family members may, therefore, seek compensation for funeral costs, loss of companionship, loss of future income, pain and suffering and perhaps additional damages that an experienced Wrongful Death Lawyer can discuss with you.
If you believe your loved one was the victim of a wrongful death needlessly caused by the fault of a corporation or individual, call me for a seasoned Wrongful Death Lawyer with vast experienced in wrongful death claims in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A wrongful death claim can result from auto accidents, defective products, assaults at unsecured buildings, slip and falls, medical malpractice, truck accidents and motorcycle crashes, or any other type of accident caused by another’s intentional or careless actions. I know that the value of a life is irreplaceable and no amount of money will ever satisfy the loss of your loved one. I also know that you need money to get through these difficult times and that the person or corporation responsible for your loved one’s death needs to be held accountable for their actions. There are also complex insurance issues that need to be addressed as well. What insurance company is responsible to cover the loss is a question that should be addressed early on in the process to avoid a denial of benefits.
I serve my clients with determination and aggressiveness during these difficult times in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including areas such as Philadelphia, Allentown, Marlton, Scranton, Harrisburg, New Brunswick, Bridgeton, Lancaster, Camden, Newark and Cherry Hill. You should have a seasoned Wrongful Death Lawyer on your side!
Contact An Experienced New Jersey & Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Lawyer
If you have lost someone due to a negligent or wrongful act, our New Jersey & Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyer at Monaco Law, PC, can help your family make things right. Call us now or reach out to us online to schedule a free review of your case.
Your initial consultation is free, and my law firm only gets paid if I win a monetary recovery of your behalf. I know the initial shock of losing a loved one can be overwhelming but try to seek legal advice as soon as possible. Critical evidence may be lost as time elapses. Call or text 215-546-3166, for Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Claims or 609-277-3166 for New Jersey Wrongful Death Claims.