Surviving family members in New Jersey have a right to pursue legal action if wrongful death is suspected. Since such a claim is considered a civil action, however, there are inherent time limits that normally determine how much time is allowed to pass before the right to file a claim expires. New Jersey's wrongful death statute of limitations is two years from the date of the deceased person's death.
When someone in New Jersey dies due to negligence or misconduct, the death is a tragedy. The devastating emotional effects are also accompanied by practical losses; family members will have to survive without a loved one's income and their standard of living may change considerably as a result. Therefore, the surviving family members may bring a lawsuit against those responsible for the wrongful death in order to recover some of the damages suffered as a result.
New Jersey readers may have heard about the horrific Missouri duck boat accident that claimed the lives of 17 people, including 9 members of a single family, in mid-July. Now, the estates of two members of that family have filed a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit in federal court.
Almost three-quarters of the deadly commercial vehicle accidents that took place in New Jersey and around the country in 2016 were caused by other vehicles encroaching into traffic lanes used by trucks or buses or animals, people or other obstacles in the roadway. This was one of the key takeaways from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's 2016 Large Truck and Bus Crash report. The federal safety watchdog's data also reveals that truck accident fatalities, which have increased sharply in recent years, remain worryingly high.
New Jersey fans of Bill Paxton may be interested to learn that his family filed a wrongful death against a hospital and surgeon on May 3. According to the family, the 61-year-old actor died on Feb. 25 after complications occurred following a series of surgical procedures.