Losing someone close to you in a wrongful death incident is an unimaginably tragic and heartbreaking event. There is no doubt that you are feeling overwhelmed by massive amounts of grief and pain. If your loved one’s death was caused by an act of negligence from another party, you may have a case for receiving compensation. The best thing for you to do is to get in contact with a lawyer who has a thorough understanding of these types of cases.
Our expert team of attorneys has a strong comprehension of North Carolina’s laws surrounding wrongful death cases. We have the capability of reviewing the events that led up to the death of your loved one in order to determine what course of action is best for you.
Wrongful death in North Carolina is defined as the death of an individual that was caused by the “wrongful act, neglect, or default of another” party. In order to prove this negligence, you must provide evidence that the guilty party was responsible for providing the individual with a reasonable amount of care, the guilty party did not meet this responsibility due to their harmful act, and that the actions of the guilty party caused the injuries which led to the individual’s death.
A wrongful death lawsuit is extremely similar to a personal injury lawsuit. The main difference is in who is filing the suit. Since the deceased individual cannot file their own lawsuit, a representative of his or her estate must undertake the responsibility of filing the claim. Usually, this is either the individual’s spouse or child.
There are many damages in a case of wrongful death that compensation can cover. These include both damages with a set monetary value, such as lost wages and medical bills, and those without a set monetary value, such as the suffering that the victim underwent and loss of companionship.
North Carolina’s Statute of Limitations
In the state of North Carolina, you are granted two years after the individual’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you file after this time period is over, your case will most likely not make it to court. Since the time period is so limited, it is essential to get in contact with a lawyer as soon as possible in order to get started on filing your case. Our expert lawyers will get started right away on investigating the events that resulted in your loved one’s death in order to determine the guilty party. We have the capability of creating the strongest possible case for you.
Causes of Wrongful Death
There are many incidences that can result in wrongful death. Some common causes include:
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle and auto accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Product defects
- Medicine defects
- Accidents in the workplace
If you lost a loved one due to an act of negligence, you have the right to take legal action. At The Nye Law Group, we know how difficult it is to face this situation. Let our legal team provide you with the guidance and resources that you need during this time. Call us at (912) 200-5230 to find out more about what action to take next.