Wrongful Death Attorney in Linwood, New Jersey
Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney Representing Survivors in Atlantic County, Burlington County, Gloucester County and throughout Western Philadelphia
When a life is cut short by the negligence of another, it is called a wrongful death. It is a tragic loss that never should have happened.
If a member of your family died because of a wrongful act or the carelessness, recklessness or negligence of another person or organization, please accept our sincere sympathies. We understand that it is difficult in times like these to think about money and legal action. However, we also know that for your own financial security, it is important to review your legal options.
Here for You in the Hard Times
When you are ready to talk, Attorney Richard A. Stoloff is here to listen and help you. Informed by more than 25 years of legal experience, he will listen to your circumstances, answer your questions and explain how he can be of assistance to you and your family.
With offices in Linwood, New Jersey, and downtown Philadelphia, the Law Offices of Richard A. Stoloff has a long history of representing family members of those who died a wrongful death. We provide quality legal services with sensitivity and compassion.
Wrongful Death Claims in New Jersey
Who can file? In New Jersey, the spouse, children, grandchildren, parents, siblings or other heirs of the deceased person can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. In addition, anyone who was actively dependent on the deceased may also bring a claim. If the deceased person could have filed a personal injury claim, had he or she lived, the survivors are eligible to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
What damages can be recovered? We will work to recover financial compensation for damages caused by the wrongful death, including:
- Loss of income
- Loss of companionship, care, comfort and guidance
- Loss of value of household services like cleaning, childcare and other chores
- Reasonable medical, funeral and burial expenses related to the deceased’s final illness or injury
Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Pennsylvania
Who can file? In Pennsylvania, the only person with standing to file a wrongful death lawsuit for the first six months after the person’s death is the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. After that, a representative of the beneficiaries may bring suit. The beneficiaries are the spouse, children or parents of the deceased.
What damages can be recovered? The damages available in a wrongful death lawsuit in Pennsylvania include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Hospital and medical expenses
- Estate administration expenses
- Lost wages and benefits
- Loss of household services, society and comfort provided by the deceased
- Loss of physical comforts and services
- Loss of moral guidance, comfort, and support to the deceased person’s children
- Pain and suffering
The Pennsylvania wrongful death statute includes a survival action. This allows survivors to pursue a personal injury claim that the deceased would have been able to make, had he or she lived. Proceeds from the wrongful death and survival actions are distributed differently. Attorney Richard Stoloff can explain the details to you.
Time Limits Apply
Do not delay in contacting an attorney. In both states, you only have two years from the date of your family member’s death to file a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful death claims can be legally complicated. Our legal team is meticulous about getting all the details right. You can rely on us to handle even the most complex case.
To arrange a free initial consultation, please contact us online. You can call our Linwood, New Jersey, office at 609-601-2233. To reach our office in downtown Philadelphia office, call 215-988-9800. We look forward to hearing from you.