Wrongful death lawsuits
Wrongful death lawsuits are filed when a person dies as a direct result of the negligence or misconduct of another person. The surviving heirs are entitled to compensation for damages that result from this negligence. A wrongful death can occur from a variety of circumstances such as:
- medical malpractice
- automobile accidents
- airplane crashes
- prolonged exposure to hazardous conditions
- criminal behavior
If you believe that your loved one died because of the negligence or misconduct of someone else, you may be entitled to file a claim, regardless of the situation.
Compensation for a wrongful death
The rules and conditions that determine the definition of a wrongful death will vary from state to state. In North Carolina, the wrongful death statutes mandate specific procedures before one can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. A classic example would be when the deceased experienced pain and suffering before his or her death. North Carolina law allows the surviving family members to file for those types of damages that account for both survivorship, as well as for wrongful death. Survivorship is to compensate survivors for the conscious pain and suffering that the deceased experienced before death.
Customarily, the suit is often brought forth by the administrator estate of the deceased. Wrongful death claim is often brought on behalf of the immediate family, defined as:
- In some cases, the parents on behalf of the decedent
Wrongful deaths cases are complex in nature, and you will need the most experienced lawyer, who can obtain the proper justice for you and your family. Look for a personal injury attorney who is not afraid to take your case to trial.
Speak with a Charlotte, NC lawyer about wrongful death lawsuits
If you know or suspect that a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of neglect or abuse in their nursing home, consider a free consultation with The Olive Law Firm. Their personal injury lawyers are experienced investigators that get the truth out during complex nursing home lawsuits. They know that it is not always easy to recount the final days of your loved one, especially when you are still grieving. However, it is important to understand that that the law limits the length of time you have to take legal action against those responsible. The sooner you act; the sooner you can move forward. The Olive Law firm is ready to help you. They are relentless in their pursuit of justice, and we prepare for every case as if it will go to trial. Call The Olive Law Firm today and talk with a wrongful death attorney in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Asheville, NC.