In the event of an accident, loss of life is one of the most devastating results. Motor vehicle accidents tend to involve the most force, which raises the risk of fatalities. However, slips and falls, swimming pool accidents and even animal attacks may result in the death of a loved one.
When facing this tragedy, it may feel overwhelming to handle the business of a funeral. Knowing what counts as a wrongful death as well as the costs involved in a New Jersey funeral may help to better navigate this intensely emotional and stressful time.
Wrongful death in New Jersey
New Jersey law looks at wrongful death from the perspective of a personal injury case. If the accident was not fatal and the person could reasonably sue in a personal injury case, it follows that a wrongful death case remains reasonable.
Wrongful death funeral costs
A funeral in New Jersey typically runs anywhere between $7,463 and $8,093 in New Jersey, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. The major cost difference comes from if a family decides whether to cremate or bury a loved one’s body.
Other costs may include different styles of urns or caskets. New Jersey does not require embalmings, though many funeral homes do if a family wants an open casket.
When handling grief and these choices, it is important to communicate with family and other resources. Any family that suspects a wrongful death may wish to learn more about their unique situation and what options there are for pursuing compensation for costs like these.