Wrongful death requires a good attorney
Wrongful death lawsuits are filed when a person dies because of the negligence or misconduct of another person, or entity. The law states that a decedent’s surviving heirs or dependents are entitled to damages as a result negligence. A wrongful death can arise out of a wide variety of circumstances. Consider the following as historic reasons for wrongful death actions:
- Medical malpractice
- Automobile accidents
- Airplane crashes
- Exposure to hazardous conditions at work
- Criminal behavior
- Defective products
If you believe that your loved one died as a result of the negligence or misconduct of another person you might have a wrongful death claim, regardless of the situation. Be sure to contact a Charlotte personal injury attorney that specializes in wrongful death cases as soon as possible. The wrongful death statutes of North Carolina; sets forth very specific procedures for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Your wrongful death attorney can also help you file for compensation that many people do not know about. For example, if the deceased suffered pain and suffering before his or her death, the law can allow the decedent’s family to file a suit requesting compensation for both survivorship and for wrongful death. The survivorship part of the lawsuit is to receive damages for the conscious pain and suffering that the decedent experienced before death. A lawsuit for wrongful death belongs to the decedent’s family and is often brought by the personal representative or administrator of the decedent’s estate. A wrongful death claim is often brought by the victim’s wife, husband, children, and sometimes parents. With experienced and skillful legal representation, the survivors of victims can successfully pursue compensation for:
- The final care, treatment, and hospitalization expenses incurred during life-saving efforts
- The pain and suffering that a victim endured from the moment of their injury to their passing
- Funeral and burial expenses
- The lost wages and future earnings that the loved one would have earned
Punitive damages could be given to survivors if it is proven that the defendant acted with blatant disregard for the victim’s life or if it is determined that they deliberately inflicted injuries upon the victim.
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 lawyer with the knowledge and experience that can obtain justice for you and your family. With more than 56 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.