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In the state of New Jersey, if you have lost a loved one as a result of negligence or wrongdoing, you are entitled to seek compensation.

This compensation can help supplement your financial needs after the painful experience of losing someone important in your life.

However, it is important to know that New Jersey’s statute of limitations on wrongful death suits is two years. 

If you believe you have lost your loved one because of the wrongdoing of another, you should speak to a personal injury attorney, like one of ours at Wiley Lavender Maknoor, who can help you meet the filing deadlines.

If you do not meet these timing requirements, the wrongful death statute of limitations may prevent you from seeking damages. 

What Is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death claims allow relatives, dependents, and executors of the deceased’s estate to bring an action for compensation.

The parties who may be entitled to that compensation are:

  • Spouses;
  • Lineal descendants like children and grandchildren;
  • Siblings, nephews and nieces;
  • Surviving parents; and 
  • Dependents. 

Recoverable losses include loss of financial support and the reasonable value of lost companionship, care, advice, training, and guidance.

Because the laws surrounding wrongful death vary from state to state, it is important to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney like those at Wiley Lavender Maknoor to assist you in your claim. 

What Is a Statute of Limitations?

Generally, a statute of limitations refers to the amount of time a party has to initiate legal proceedings against another party. These statutes exist in both criminal and civil courts.

If a party does not file within the allotted amount of time after the date of the offense, the aggrieved party may be restricted from bringing their claim to court. 

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death?

New Jersey has different statutes governing the length of time an aggrieved party has to file a suit.

The New Jersey wrongful death statute requires that wrongful death claims be filed within two years of the date of death of a loved one.

However, there are some exceptions to the wrongful death statute of limitations.

For instance, if the death was a result of murder or manslaughter and the defendant was convicted (or found not guilty by reason of insanity), there is no statute of limitations in New Jersey.  

How Can Wiley Lavender Maknoor Help?

A personal injury attorney can help you file, navigate, and succeed in your valid claim.

At Wiley Lavender Maknoor, we have experienced attorneys who can help you through what otherwise may be a difficult and emotional process.

If the statute of limitations has passed, the attorneys at Wiley Lavender Maknoor can assist you in evaluating whether you may qualify for an exception to the New Jersey wrongful death statute.

If you believe you may be entitled to compensation through a claim of wrongful death, please call us at 732-494-6099 or reach out to us online so that we may assist you. 

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