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DWI is a serious charge in New Jersey

Drunk driving is serious–if you choose to get behind the wheel after drinking, you put yourself and others in jeopardy. Driving when you’re drunk is not only illegal but dangerous. Motor vehicle crashes involving drunk drivers claim the lives of 10,000 people each year nationwide.

Many people underestimate the consequences of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) but being pulled over and charged with DWI is scary and potentially life-altering. If you are found guilty and convicted, you face stiff fines and penalties, and a conviction could affect your job and reputation–both personally and professionally.

THIRD PARTY CLAIMS FOR WORK-RELATED ACCIDENTS

When you have been hurt on the job, you have the right to seek benefits under workers' compensation laws. It's important to understand, though, that the workers' compensation laws only apply to injuries caused by the negligence or your employer or a co-employee. If you are injured by the wrongful acts of a third party, you can file a lawsuit in court to recover damages and you won't be limited or restricted by your workers' compensation recovery.

HOW DO YOU PROVE THAT A DEATH WAS WRONGFUL?

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When your loved one dies because of the wrongful act of another person, you have the right to seek compensation for all your losses. It can be a complicated legal process, so it's essential that you have an experienced and proven attorney to carefully guide you through the process. As a practical matter, unless you can show that the defendant intentionally took the life of your loved one, your lawsuit will be based on a legal theory of negligence.

WRONGFUL DEATH--WHO CAN BE SUED?

When your loved one has died because of the actions of a third party, you have a right to seek compensation for your losses-loss of financial support, loss of companionship or consortium, loss of the value of services provided in the home, and the costs of medical and funeral expenses. To bring such an action, you must be a real party in interest, as defined by New Jersey statute-spouses, children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, nieces and nephews all may potentially qualify. To succeed with such a lawsuit, you must typically show (by a "preponderance of the evidence") that the at-fault party was not acting reasonably and caused your loved one's death. 

WRONGFUL DEATH--WHAT TYPES OF DAMAGES ARE AVAILABLE?

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THE LOSSES THAT ARE TYPICALLY COVERED IN AN ACCIDENTAL DEATH LAWSUIT

If your loved one has died because of the carelessness or negligence of another person, and you qualify under the New Jersey wrongful death statute as a real party in interest, you have a right to seek compensation for a wide range of losses. You'll need to show that the defendant's actions failed to meet the accepted standard of care and you'll have to establish a causal link between the breach of care and the accident that resulted in your loved one's death. Once you have proven these two elements, you have a right to recover compensation for:

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