Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyers in Charlotte
The wrongful death of a loved one is a considerably difficult situation to face both emotionally and financially. Although filing a lawsuit may not be a priority, legal action may be able to help you recover compensation that can help ease the financial burden of losing a loved one.
The Charlotte wrongful death lawyers at The Nye Law Group are compassionate and dedicated attorneys who have the resources to uncover the truth behind your loved one’s death and fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. We have recovered significant verdicts and settlements on behalf our clients, helping them regain the financial stability they need to mourn their loss and move on with their life. Schedule a free consultation with our team today to learn more about how we can help you. We work only on a contingency fee basis and charge no upfront costs for our services.
Schedule a free consultation today by calling 855-856-4212.
What is Considered a Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is defined under North Carolina Code § 28A-18-2 as a death caused by a “wrongful act, neglect or default of another” person or entity. In order to bring a claim, you must be able to prove that the victim would have been entitled to compensation for his or her injuries if the person had lived.
In order to do this, you must prove three important elements of negligence, which include:
- The at-fault party had a duty of care to abide by the law or to provide a reasonable level of care that would not cause harm.
- The at-fault party breached that duty of care by acting or failing to act within accepted standards of care.
- The at-fault party’s actions directly caused the injuries suffered by the deceased.
- The deceased was killed as a result of those injuries.
Our Charlotte wrongful death lawyers have the resources to investigate your claim and determine the exact cause of your loved one’s death. We will gather all of the evidence needed to build a claim on your behalf and to hold the appropriate party liable for the death of your loved one.
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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in North Carolina?
Wrongful death lawsuits are filed in a way similar to a personal injury lawsuit in Charlotte, except that the injured person has died and cannot bring a claim on their own behalf. Instead a representative of the deceased’s estate must file a civil claim seeking compensation for the wrongful death on behalf of the estate.
Most often, the estate representative is a surviving spouse, parent or child of the deceased. If the victim had a will at the time of death and named an executor, that person will handle the estate for the deceased and will be the one to file a wrongful death claim. An administrator will file the claim if the victim did not have a will at the time of death.
Based on North Carolina statutes of limitations, family members have two years from the victim’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If this time limit passes, the family will forfeit the opportunity to file a wrongful death claim and to seek compensation.
Our Charlotte wrongful death lawyers are well-versed in North Carolina law and will be able to advise you of whether or not your loved one had a will and who is or should be named as the representative of the estate. From there, we will guide you through every step of the process, continually fighting to make sure that you receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
Contact The Nye Law Firm to learn more about your legal options.
Fighting for Justice and Compensation
According to North Carolina Code § 28A-18-2, the estate of a deceased individual may be entitled to compensation for:
- Hospital and medical expenses
- Pain and suffering of the deceased
- Reasonable funeral expenses
- Income the deceased would have earned if he or she had survived
- Loss of protection, care, assistance or services that were provided by the deceased
- Loss of companionship, guidance and advice from the deceased
Punitive damages may also be awarded in situations where a death was caused be malice or willful or wanton conduct. These types of damages are not meant as compensation, but rather as punishment for the at-fault party in an attempt to discourage similar behavior from occurring again.
Any award of damages through a verdict or settlement will be paid to the estate and then paid to creditors and beneficiaries. If the victim died without a will, intestate succession determines the order of surviving family members who will receive compensation, including a surviving spouse, children, parents and siblings.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases We Handle
Wrongful death claims can be filed under almost any situation in which it can be proven that another’s negligence caused the victim’s death. This includes both individuals and corporations, like manufacturers and hospitals.
The Charlotte wrongful death lawyers at The Nye Law Group have a strong record of recovering compensation in wrongful death claims. We have recovered $1.2 million for a hospital wrongful death and $900,000 for a workplace wrongful death.
We are also experienced in handling claims involving:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Birth injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nursing home abuse
- Brain injuries
- Defective products, drugs and medical devices
The Nye Law Group is committed to fighting for the compensation our clients deserve. You can trust that our Charlotte wrongful death lawyers will put you and your family’s needs at the forefront of everything we do as we fight tirelessly on your behalf.
Schedule a free consultation by calling 855-856-4212.
Contact Our Charlotte Wrongful Death Lawyers
If you believe your loved one’s death was the result of another’s actions, you should contact our Charlotte wrongful death lawyers as soon as possible to discuss your situation and if you may have grounds to file a legal claim.
Our firm provides our legal services on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge any upfront fees or other costs unless you receive a verdict or settlement. Learn more about how we can help you today by scheduling a free, no obligation consultation.
Call 855-856-4212 or complete a Free Case Evaluation form.