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Wrongful Death

Our NJ Lawyers Hold Negligent Parties Responsible for Wrongful Death

Guiding families through recovery after a wrongful death tragedy

After losing your loved one in a sudden accident, a lawsuit is likely the last thing on your mind. After all, no amount of money can ever bring back this special person or diminish the grief caused by your loss. A wrongful death claim can, however, offer you financial support at a time when you have lost income and accumulated bills. The action may also give you some sense of closure and justice.

Seigel Law is exclusively dedicated to personal injury recovery for clients throughout Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. We can guide your family through the legal process, always showing you the respect, privacy and compassion you deserve during this difficult time.

Filing a wrongful death claim in New Jersey

The personal representative of the estate files a wrongful death claim on behalf of the beneficiaries. The claim is based on the underlying personal injury. To prevail in a wrongful death claim, you must prove all the elements of the relevant personal injury and that the incident was the cause of your loved one’s death.

Distribution of damages in a wrongful death lawsuit

Damages are distributed to the heirs of the estate in accordance with NJ intestacy statutes. Compensation is usually divided in the following manner:

  • All compensation goes to the spouse if the deceased left no parents or children.
  • The spouse receives $50,000 plus one-half of the balance, and children divide the remainder if they belong to both the spouse and the deceased.
  • The spouse receives one-half, and the children divide the remainder if they are not the spouse’s children.
  • The spouse receives $50,000 plus one-half of the balance, and the parents divide the remainder if the deceased had no children.
  • The parents divide the damages award if the deceased was unmarried and had no children.
  • The children divide the damages award equally if the deceased was unmarried and the parents are no longer alive.
  • If a child has already died, the child’s share passes to that child’s children.

Hold the negligent person or corporation responsible for your loved one’s death

Seigel Law only handles personal injury claims. Call us at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule a free initial appointment at our Ridgewood-based firm. We can also come to your home or a hospital in Northern New Jersey if you are unable to come to our office. We accept your case on contingency — meaning you do not owe us lawyer fees unless you win.

  • $7,900,000

    Recovery on behalf of the 16-year-old girl injured by electrical malfunction

  • $8,000,000

    Jury verdict in a catastrophic injury case

  • $1,100,000

    Settlement for a fractured arm in Passaic County

  • $4,775,000

    Settlement for a woman in Bergen County injured in a trucking accident

Meet Our Attorneys

  • (61 Reviews)

    By Teresa R Perez - January, 2018

    I have had a great experience thus far. The personal injury process is stressful and they have been helpful and courteous in getting me the right referrals. I was injured while visiting NJ and live in another state, my case is not an easy one but they are working diligently to help. I appreciate the personalized attention and highly recommend this firm.

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    By Miriam Smith-Leone - December, 2017

    The law office was great with my back and neck injury. They directed me to the right doctors and got me a huge settlement. Being a single mom, it help pay off all my debt and bills. Me and my kids can have a bill free christmas, with plenty of food and happiness, stress free. They are the best ever and I would highly recommend them to anyone rich or poor, who has been in an accident and need legal help...

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    By L C - October, 2017

    After the misfortune of suffering an injury, I had the good fortune to choose Seigel Law to represent me. During my initial meeting with Jan Seigel, I found him to be extremely confident and reassuring---he totally put me at ease. I was represented by Mark Mc Bratney---an EXCELLENT attorney. He was supportive and professional through the entire process, and provided an excellent outcome for my case.

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    By Liliana Paredes - October, 2017

    Honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth Jonas Siegel will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. Jonas has tenacity coupled with a degree of tenderness, but never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his clients. I defenetly recoment this law firm. Thanks for helping me out in my case.

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    By Oren Goldshmidt - September, 2017

    I'd like to thank everyone at segal law for the amazing experience they provided me. From the moment I stepped in to the end of the case , segal and his team delivered exactly what they promised. I couldn't have received any better treatment from a law firm. Any concerns, questions or problems I had were addressed and dealt with accordingly...

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What we offer our clients


Personal injury and medical knowledge

Our knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyers includes a medical doctor who advises on complex medical topics


One-on-one attorney attention

By maintaining a limited number of cases, our attorneys can provide personalized attention to each client we serve


Results-oriented strategies

Our lawyers have won numerous high verdicts and settlements, many in the high six- and seven-figure range, for our injured clients


Trial experience

Every trial attorney in our firm is a certified trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court


Communication as a priority

We understand how important communication is to a successful attorney-client relationship, we return calls within 24 hours


Community involvement

Our lawyers and staff are active in community outreach and community service programs

  • "The lawyers at Seigel Law know how to get you the results you want. Jan Seigel and His team returned every one of my phone calls, listened to me and worked with me to a desirable outcome. Seigel Law definitely goes above and beyond to protect the injured." - B.M.

  • "After my car accident, my life turned into a disaster. Dealing with everything became impossible. Jan Seigel and his people helped me with every aspect of my injuries and the insurance companies so I could focus on healing. They helped me through everything and they got me what I was due." - M.P.

  • "I found the personnel to be very efficient, and work very quickly. I'm happy that I was referred to this firm, because I found that I was very comfortable working with them." - F.V.

  • "Amazing. I have to say they were very supportive and were able to give me tons of information. I didn't feel rushed and felt they truly cared about my well-being. Their website is also extremely helpful and well setup." - T.D.

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