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Attorneys Help You File a Wrongful Death Claim for a Fatal Accident in Northern New Jersey

Focusing on legal and financial problems after a deadly accident
An accident that takes the life of a loved can devastate you and your family. Often, families are too grief-stricken after an unexpected fatal auto accident, workplace injury or fall to think about monetary compensation for their lost loved ones. However medical bills, burial costs and other financial problems can mount quickly, particularly if your loved one was a wage earner. The financial repercussions of your loved one’s death can soon overwhelm you and your family.

Our lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg understand what a difficult time this is for you. We work hard to help you obtain the money you need and deserve after an accident to help make your loss less of a financial struggle. Through personalized service, accessibility and a passion for justice, we are proud to have obtained more than $100 million in settlements for our clients in Bergen County and northern New Jersey over our years of practice.

Who can file a wrongful death claim in New Jersey?
When loved ones are killed in fatal accidents, certain family members may recover compensation for their resulting financial losses under New Jersey laws. Surviving family members who may file for wrongful death include the heirs under intestate law:

Spouse
Children and grandchildren
Parents
Siblings
Dependents
If you are an heir who was dependent on the deceased victim at the time of his or her death, you may recover an award as if you were the sole heir in a proportion determined by the court, which considers such factors as the age of all dependents, physical and mental condition, educational needs, finances and other sources of support. In any case, beneficiaries can only recover monetary damages for their own losses, including:

Loss of current and future financial support, including wages and benefits
Loss of assistance, guidance and companionship
Medical costs
Funeral expenses
In addition, a survivor’s action can be joined with a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages that the deceased suffered. When a person is killed because of a wrongful act, neglect or default, the administrator of the deceased’s estate can sue to recover damages the deceased would have been able to recover if he or she had lived. These are basically personal injury damages and include the pain and suffering the deceased victim went through before death.

What types of wrongful death cases does our firm handle?
At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, our attorneys have experience and skills in all types of wrongful death claims in New Jersey. If you lost a loved one in any type of accident caused by a wrongful act, neglect or default of another, we can help you seek compensation for your loss. Some of the most common fatal accidents that may give rise wrongful death claims involve all types of motor vehicles collisions:

Auto accidents — There were 17,442 fatal auto accidents involving passenger cars recorded in 2011.
Motorcycle accidents — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 4,749 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2011.
Truck accidents — There were 16,740 fatal accidents involving light trucks and 3,608 large truck accidents in 2011.

Traffic Offenses

Bergen County Defense Attorneys Fight New Jersey Traffic Offenses

Aggressive defense to fines, penalties and license suspensions
Though most traffic offenses in New Jersey are not technically crimes, they still carry harsh penalties, including fines, license points, license suspensions and even jail time. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to fight your ticket and minimize the damage done to your driving record. While success in any case depends on the facts, we have a strong record of positive results that reduce overall costs to our clients.

How New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission points affect you
The point system tallies your driving infractions. It can affect your driving privileges and cost you money:

Receiving six points within three years results in a surcharge of at least $150 that can last for three years.
After you receive 12 points, the state suspends your license.
Points on your license may result in increases to your insurance premiums.
You must go one year without a violation or enter an approved driver education program to get three points off your license. It is always easier to accumulate points than to get them off your record. If you’ve been cited for a traffic violation, you must fight that ticket to protect your driving record.

Experienced municipal court attorneys fight NJ traffic charges
An experienced attorney can help you by exposing weaknesses in the state’s case against you so the prosecutor either reduces the charges or dismisses the ticket. Our attorneys know how to fight a speeding ticket. Whether you were racing on the highway or speeding, or accused of reckless driving or careless driving, we may be able to keep points off your license and help you avoid a license suspension. We also have extensive experience helping young people charged with probationary license violations preserve their driving privileges.

Contact our Bergen County defense attorneys to fight your traffic citation
A moving violation in New Jersey is costly in many ways and may even include jail time. For an aggressive defense that can save you money and preserve your driver license, call the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg at 201.371.5276 at any time or contact us online. Our office is just 1 mile north of the George Washington Bridge, Exit 1 off the Palisades Parkway, and it’s easily accessible by bus or New Jersey Transit.

Workers Compensation

Slip and Fall & Trip and Fall Accidents in Northern New Jersey

Helping victims injured by dangerous or defective property conditions in Bergen County
Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents can occur whenever a property or business owner fails reasonably to inspect or maintain a premises, including interiors and exteriors, or creates a hazardous condition and does nothing to fix it. A needless accident can also result from a landowner failing to warn of a danger he or she should have known about.

If you slipped on a snowy sidewalk that a store owner should have shoveled hours before, fell in the supermarket when no one had cleaned up the aisle, tripped on misaligned sidewalk edges, fell down stairs in poor condition or were otherwise injured in a fall while on or in someone else’s property or business, you may have a claim for negligence. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, we have decades of experience in all types of slip and trip and fall cases — known as premises liability — and the results to prove it.

Where do slip and fall & trip and fall accidents occur?
Slip and fall cases are significantly different from other types of personal injury cases. The evidence of the condition that caused the injury often quickly disappears. The snow melts, the spill gets cleaned up or the stairs are repaired. If you are injured by tripping or slipping and falling, try to get photographs of the scene with a camera phone if you have one, the names and phone numbers of witnesses, and any physical evidence. Remember, slip and fall and trip and fall accidents can occur almost anywhere you go, including:

Department stores
Malls and shopping centers, including on escalators
Restaurants and bars
Fast-food restaurants, such as McDonald’s
Coffee shops, like Starbucks
Sidewalks and entryways maintained by stores and businesses
Parking lots or underground garages
Apartments or rental units

What are some typical property defects that cause accidents?
Using their decades of experience, our lawyers help victims recover compensation through a lawsuit or settlement for injuries caused by all types of dangerous property conditions and defects, including:

Grocery store spills
Dropped food and spills in restaurants, including fast-food and convenience stores
Slippery or wet floors, stairs or sidewalks
Slippery floor-cleaning products
Missing handrails
Broken or uneven steps or stairs
Garbage spills
Poor drainage
Leaks
Puddles, ice or snow
Swimming pool accidents
Cracked or uneven pavement, sidewalks or flooring
Torn or uneven carpeting
Cracked, uneven or poorly repaired sidewalks or passages
Potholes
Electrical wiring
Negligent construction work
Inadequate or dim lighting
Failure to warn of hazards

Are slip and fall injuries serious?
Unfortunately, many people erroneously believe that trip and fall and slip and fall accidents are minor and should not result in a lawsuit. Falls can cause serious injuries, including badly broken bones in the wrist, arm, leg, foot or spine. Falls are the leading cause of brain injuries in victims of all ages, accounting for more than 30 percent of new traumatic head injuries each year. While falls affect victims of all ages, children and older adults are particularly susceptible to these kind of injuries. Falls cause half of all traumatic brain injuries in children ages 14 and younger and more than 60 percent of brain injuries in adults ages 65 and older. Older adults are also particularly at risk for a spinal injury during a fall, with 25 percent of spinal cord injuries resulting from falls. Falls are the leading cause of spinal injuries in adults older than 65.