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Robert Olkowitz believes the working people are the backbone of this country. He feels they are the most in need and deserving of the highest quality representation and immediate relief from an injury to support families and maintain lifestyles. For over 30 years, New Jersey personal injury attorney Robert Olkowitz has been there to fight for those injured and disabled in New Jersey.

In 1995, Robert Olkowitz founded the Law Offices of Robert Olkowitz, P.C. so he could continue his advocacy for individuals and their loved ones needing legal help with personal injury, Social Security disability and appeals, and workers compensation cases. Mr. Olkowitz has …

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Wrongful Death Blog Post

Wrongful Death Lawsuits in New Jersey: Who Is At Fault?

The case of a Garfield, New Jersey woman’s murder by an escaped parolee in 2010 illustrates the sometimes-complicated scenario of who bears financial responsibility in a homicide.

In this incident, the accused was in a halfway house release program after serving time in prison. He had faked a medical emergency to be transferred to University Hospital, where he then escaped and committed the murder just a few hours later. Survivors of the deceased sought to sue several parties in a wrongful death lawsuit — the privately run halfway house, plus several state agencies including the department of corrections and the university-run hospital — but a judged determined only that the halfway house and possibly the hospital could be sued.

Wrongful death litigation is a means for recovering money for losses in the wake of a death due to murders or accidents. These losses can include:

  • Loss of economic support, where applicable (including the value of that support calculated over the expected working time-span of the deceased, and also accounting for inflation)
  • Loss of value of services (for example, when a mother is killed and her family then needs to hire help with household chores and child-raising)
  • Loss of the monetary value of nurturing and educational guidance

Note that if a loved one witnessed the scene of the death, they can sue for emotional distress. Unfortunately, the grief of loss is non-compensable in New Jersey.

Anyone who has gone through a wrongful death in the family should speak with an attorney who has experience in this realm. Establishing a strong case often is contingent on collecting evidence and eyewitness testimony shortly after the accident happens.

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