Any death that is caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another individual is referred to as a wrongful death. Undoubtedly, every death is a devastating event for the family and friends of the deceased. Notwithstanding, wrongful deaths can be exceptionally traumatic due to the fact that they could have been prevented. A variety of accidents and negligent acts can lead to the wrongful death of others including:
- Car accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability
- Workplace negligence
- Acts of violence or murder
When an individual suffers a wrongful death, certain representatives of the deceased person’s estate is allowed under law, to bring forth a civil case against the individual or the entity that was either partially or fully responsible for the death. In order to prove their case, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant was either:
- Acted with intent to cause harm
- Was strictly to blame regardless of any fault attached to their actions
Statute of limitations
Wrongful death statutes vary from state to state, but nearly every state defines time limits in which a wrongful death suit can be filed. Some state have specific regulations that can place a limit on the damages that can be pursued for certain types of accidents. Immediately flowing the unexpected and tragic death of an individual, family and friends are distraught, angry, and in a state of shock at what has transpired to cause the event.
Hiring the best attorney
The complexity of wrongful death lawsuits underscore the importance of how even in their time of grief, families and beneficiaries need to secure the help of the best personal injury attorney. Any attorney who specializes in wrongful death cases know how to take the lead on matters related to the case; while the family members focus on mending their hearts, and mourning the loss of their loved one. Defendants who are found guilty in wrongful death suit does not face jail time, but they are mandated to pay monetary compensation to the decedent’s estate.
We understand that money cannot replace the loss of a loved one, but it can provide financial security for their family in the years to come. Many wrongful death cases never make it to trial and are settled out of court. However, you should look for an attorney with a successful track record and who is not afraid to go to trial in an effort to ensure that the award appropriately addresses the economic issues that occurred as a result of the untimely death.
Choosing the best wrongful death attorney in North Carolina
Wrongful death claims are often brought by the spouse, children, and sometimes the parents on behalf of the deceased. Because wrongful death cases are uniquely complicated, you need a wrongful death attorney with the knowledge and experience that can obtain justice for you and your family. With nearly 60 years of trial experience in wrongful death and personal injury cases, The Olive Law Firm knows the law inside and out, and will put their knowledge to use for you. Call their office to talk about wrongful death in Charlotte, Raleigh, Asheville, NC, and the surrounding areas.