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In a time of grief it is difficult to think about what to do next – and yet that is often what families are called on to do.  The wrongful death of a loved one is never easy, but the future of your family needs to be secured, and action needs to be taken.

The Morristown, NJ wrongful death attorneys at Smith & Doran, P.C. cannot turn back the clock, but we can help you plan for the future and obtain financial compensation for your loss.  When there are no words, we speak on your behalf.  If your family is suffering from the wrongful death of a loved one and would like to discuss your options, contact the AV® Preeminent rated law offices of Smith & Doran online or by phone at 973-261-6254 today to schedule a cost-free consultation.

Wrongful Death Attorneys Parsippany, NJ – Helping to Understand

Wrongful death is the term used to describe fatal injuries caused by the negligence, recklessness or misconduct of another.   A wrongful death action is a lawsuit brought by the personal representative of the victim’s estate on behalf of the heirs.  A wrongful death lawsuit is filed with the purpose of obtaining monetary security and compensation.

. These generally include compensation for the following:

  • Medical costs
  • Funeral expenses
  • Lost wages and loss of benefits
  • Loss of companionship, care and protection
  • Pain and suffering of your loved one from the time of injury until the time of death

Does My Family Have a Wrongful Death Claim?

The most important part of any wrongful death claim is proving negligence.  Did another person or party’s negligence directly contribute to the accidental death in question?  Negligent drivers, failure to maintain a property, construction accidents, slip and falls, and medical malpractice such as surgical errors, and emergency room errors are some of the most common causes of death in America, and many of these incidents could have been avoided through adherence to safety guidelines and procedures.

The experienced law team at Smith & Doran regularly works with professional experts in order to prove that negligence took place.  We know how to carefully investigate any situation, and find the evidence we need to help your family.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

Filing a wrongful claim yourself, especially against larger corporations and agencies, is extremely difficult, and often profitless.  It is highly recommended that you retain legal counsel experienced in litigating and winning wrongful death claims.  If you believe you have a wrongful death case, our legal team at Smith & Doran will be happy to meet with you and discuss your situation, the initial consultation is free so you don’t need to worry about legal fees.

If you decide to retain our services, we will begin to investigate your case.  We will thoroughly examine reports of the accident, interview any witnesses, and hire expert professionals to support your claim.

We will also reach out to the negligent party’s insurance company, and negotiate a settlement favorable to you and your family.  As we negotiate, we will also prepare to move towards a trial in case the insurance company is unwilling to settle.  It is important that your lawyer handle communication with the insurance companies, as an inadvertent comment or incorrect statement may be extremely harmful to your case.

While we are attempting to negotiate a settlement, we will be preparing to move forward with a lawsuit if the insurance company is unreasonable. If your case goes to court, there will be a formal process called discovery, which includes depositions, interrogatories and document requests. If the court orders the parties to try mediation and it is unsuccessful, a jury will then decide the case.

Contact a Morristown, NJ Wrongful Death Attorney Today

Robert A. Smith of Smith & Doran is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.  This means that he specializes in civil court cases, including accident and injury cases of any kind.  It is an accolade given by the New Jersey Supreme Court to only 2% of the active lawyers in the state.

His fellow lawyers have also accorded him the highest possible Martindale Hubbel rating of AV® Preeminent in recognition of his excellent legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards. Bob Smith prides himself on providing personal but professional legal counsel, and he believes open and honest communication with his clients is the key to building a long-lasting partnership based on trust.

The legal offices of Smith & Doran has provided compassionate counsel and aggressive representation for families in wrongful death lawsuits since 1996. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your needs, contact us online or call our Morristown office at 973-261-6254. Weekend and evening appointments are available, and an attorney will be happy to come to your home if necessary. All wrongful death cases are taken on contingency, meaning we do not charge for our services unless we win your case.

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