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New Jersey Wrongful Death Lawyers

Representing survivors and families throughout the state

The death of a loved one always causes emotional and financial upheaval in people’s lives. When the death is unexpected because of an accident, trying to make decisions about taking care of your family’s needs becomes challenging. When the accident was the result of another person’s negligence or misconduct, the feeling of injustice coupled with the sadness can be overwhelming.

If you lost a loved one in a negligence accident or because of another party’s misconduct in New Jersey, you might benefit from the services of having a leading wrongful death litigation firm on your side. We are the serious injury law firm of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP. From offices in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, our wrongful death lawyers provide aggressive, effective legal representation for individuals and families with wrongful death claims throughout the state.

What is wrongful death in New Jersey?

If a person dies because of a reckless, careless, wrongful, or criminal act, family members who were supported financially by the deceased may have grounds to pursue a wrongful death case to recover damages. A wrongful death claim seeks to recover what the decedent could have recovered in a personal injury claim had he or she survived the incident.

Wrongful death actions must be filed within two years of the death of your loved one, or you could be barred from collecting compensation.

How does a survival action differ from wrongful death?

New Jersey law allows two ways to recover compensation for the loss of a loved one because of negligence or criminal conduct: a wrongful death claim, which is brought  by family members who can prove that the death of the decedent caused them to suffer financial losses and a survival action, which is intended to compensate the decedent’s estate for the pain and suffering the individual endured between the time of the injury and  death.

An example might be the case of a man who was standing on a restaurant deck when it collapsed. He suffered a broken back and severe spinal cord injuries in the deck collapse, but  he survived a few days until he suffered a stroke because of his injuries. His surviving spouse may file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for the loss of the head of the household whose income supported the family, and his estate would recover compensation for his pain and suffering, his emotional distress, and other losses related to the accident. The damages from the wrongful death claim go to the surviving family members while the damages from the survival action go to the estate to be distributed according to the decedent’s will or according to state inheritance laws if the individual died without a will.

Examples of wrongful death causes

Given that wrongful death cases arise out of accidents caused by someone else’s negligence, wrongful death cases are usually unintentional and often preventable. We have extensive experience in New Jersey wrongful death litigation resulting from:

  • Death at work
  • Death caused by dangerous or defective products
  • Death in motor vehicle accidents, including car, truck, motorcycle, or pedestrian accidents
  • Death resulting from an accident on an unsafe property
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect
  • Assault or other crimes on someone else’s property
  • Acts of violence (murder, manslaughter)
  • Defective products, drugs, or medical devices
  • Medical malpractice

Who can bring a wrongful death action in NJ?

New Jersey law limits the people who can bring a wrongful death claim to the immediate family members who were financially dependent on the decedent including the spouse, minor children, parents, adult children, siblings, grandchildren, nieces or nephews who were financially dependent on the deceased.

What damages are available in a wrongful death lawsuit?

The financial damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit might include:

  • Loss of income and financial support from the deceased
  • Loss of emotional support, companionship, services, parental guidance, and training
  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses

Get your legal questions answered

New Jersey wrongful death claims are a unique type of litigation. These cases can become complex, often with multiple-party liability and comparative liability affecting the resolution. We work with prominent independent experts in the field of accident reconstruction, and actuarial financial services to develop the evidence and present the case for full and fair compensation.

Schedule a free case evaluation about your prospective wrongful death case. We will explain New Jersey law regarding wrongful death litigation and provide an honest assessment of your case. If our New Jersey wrongful death attorneys are the right fit to handle your case, we can get started once you call.

The skilled New Jersey serious injury attorneys are a team of experienced litigators. We know your name, we listen to your experiences, your goals and interests, and how your injury has had an impact on your life. We are responsive to your needs and we fight to protect your interests. Our law firm is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and our partners are Certified Civil Trial Attorneys https://www.njcourts.gov/attorneys/attcert.html by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Experienced New Jersey wrongful death lawyers creating options for moving forward

The New Jersey wrongful death lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP advise and represent clients in personal injury and wrongful death litigation matters throughout New Jersey. Call our office at 732-384-1331 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with an experienced NJ wrongful death lawyer at our Edison, Red Bank, or Toms River office.

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Testimonials

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"The list is LONG of the wonderful things that I can say about Barry, Maria (his assistant) & the rest of the folks that I had the HONOR of spending time with during my case. I brought my case to another lawyer that told me that I have no case, yet Barry was not only able to WIN, but he WON a substantial amount! Lawyers have awful reputations, but Barry defies every single one of them! Barry Eichen genuinely CARES about his clients!! NOTHING was too much to ask for – there was no such thing as too many phone calls! Without a doubt, I was in the BEST HANDS with Barry as my attorney! I not only WON my lawsuit, but I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!"

~ Client

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2018-10-22T00:29:45+00:00

~ Client

"The list is LONG of the wonderful things that I can say about Barry, Maria (his assistant) & the rest of the folks that I had the HONOR of spending time with during my case. I brought my case to another lawyer that told me that I have no case, yet Barry was not only able to WIN, but he WON a substantial amount! Lawyers have awful reputations, but Barry defies every single one of them! Barry Eichen genuinely CARES about his clients!! NOTHING was too much to ask for – there was no such thing as too many phone calls! Without a doubt, I was in the BEST HANDS with Barry as my attorney! I not only WON my lawsuit, but I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!"

I have to say he is a great person.

"I had a bad accident back in June of 2015. My dad knows Barry. I have to say he is a great person. I was unsatisfied with some things that were happening with a previous lawyer and he made sure everything was fixed and I was satisfied. My lawyer Edward McElroy is great he answers emails in a timely matter even on weekends. I know they probably used to get annoyed with me calling all the time Lol. But I was just curious to what is going on with my case. Nicole, Ed’s secretary is great. She always responds back to my emails in a timely matter as well and even checks up on things with me from time to time. Barry recently became my mother and cousins Lawyer do to a bad accident they were involved in as well. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks guys 🙂"

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:42:12+00:00

~ Client

"I had a bad accident back in June of 2015. My dad knows Barry. I have to say he is a great person. I was unsatisfied with some things that were happening with a previous lawyer and he made sure everything was fixed and I was satisfied. My lawyer Edward McElroy is great he answers emails in a timely matter even on weekends. I know they probably used to get annoyed with me calling all the time Lol. But I was just curious to what is going on with my case. Nicole, Ed’s secretary is great. She always responds back to my emails in a timely matter as well and even checks up on things with me from time to time. Barry recently became my mother and cousins Lawyer do to a bad accident they were involved in as well. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks guys 🙂"

Mr. Zaslow is truly the best.

"The loss of my husband due to malpractice was and is devastating, Daryl took on our case and said, “Unfortunately I can’t bring your husband back but I can make sure that you will be ok financially,” and that is what he did , with compassion and dedication and always made feel like he had time for me, I never felt rushed or unimportant, I cannot say enough about how professional yet caring this office has treated me . Mr. Zaslow is truly the best at what he does and I can’t say enough about his secretary who not only kept me informed but listened to me during the most painful time of my life , all I can say is what a great team . Thank you Daryl for helping me . Thank you Heather for listening."

~ C.C.

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:44:24+00:00

~ C.C.

"The loss of my husband due to malpractice was and is devastating, Daryl took on our case and said, “Unfortunately I can’t bring your husband back but I can make sure that you will be ok financially,” and that is what he did , with compassion and dedication and always made feel like he had time for me, I never felt rushed or unimportant, I cannot say enough about how professional yet caring this office has treated me . Mr. Zaslow is truly the best at what he does and I can’t say enough about his secretary who not only kept me informed but listened to me during the most painful time of my life , all I can say is what a great team . Thank you Daryl for helping me . Thank you Heather for listening."

Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him

"When, at age 44 my son suffered a massive Ischemic stroke, my greatest concern was how he would be able to live a normal life without the use of his speech and his arm. Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him and through his tireless efforts, his medical knowledge and his sincere concern for my son, Mr. Zaslow secured for my son a future not only without financial worries, but with hope and happiness. There are no words to express the thanks of our family to a great lawyer."

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:48:36+00:00

~ Client

"When, at age 44 my son suffered a massive Ischemic stroke, my greatest concern was how he would be able to live a normal life without the use of his speech and his arm. Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him and through his tireless efforts, his medical knowledge and his sincere concern for my son, Mr. Zaslow secured for my son a future not only without financial worries, but with hope and happiness. There are no words to express the thanks of our family to a great lawyer."

Very very pleased with the service and professionalism.

"Very very pleased with the service and professionalism of this law firm. I really felt that my case was very important to them and went to every length to achieve the best outcome possible. Or attorney really went to bat for me and his staff was very professional and courteous. Highly recommended. Thank you again for a great outcome !!"

~ M.M.

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:51:39+00:00

~ M.M.

"Very very pleased with the service and professionalism of this law firm. I really felt that my case was very important to them and went to every length to achieve the best outcome possible. Or attorney really went to bat for me and his staff was very professional and courteous. Highly recommended. Thank you again for a great outcome !!"

This is a 5 star firm.

"Great firm took me right in and sat with me and understood my case, unlike other attorneys I had seen. This is a 5 star firm."

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T18:04:32+00:00

~ Client

"Great firm took me right in and sat with me and understood my case, unlike other attorneys I had seen. This is a 5 star firm."

I would highly recommend his firm.

"Mr. Eichen handled a motorcycle accident for me in 2002, as well as various other cases since that time. I have permanent injuries from that accident and he was able to resolve my case for the full policy limits and get me compensation as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend his firm."

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T18:07:23+00:00

~ Client

"Mr. Eichen handled a motorcycle accident for me in 2002, as well as various other cases since that time. I have permanent injuries from that accident and he was able to resolve my case for the full policy limits and get me compensation as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend his firm."
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