When a loved one dies unexpectedly, the world can seem to come to a halt. Tragically, when that loss is due to another person’s negligence or intentional reckless act, it can be even more devastating—both emotionally and financially. At Egerton Law, our personal injury attorneys are here to help you through this time; we are ready to assist you in exploring your options and helping you to receive the financial security you need.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim provides justice for the deceased. When a victim dies at the hands of another individual, their personal representative (often a close family member) can file for monetary compensation in place of the personal injury suit the descendant would have filed. In North Carolina, the deceased’s personal representative is the only party that can file a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful death is a civil action in which the liability of the defendant is limited to financial compensation. Only certain persons may receive the proceeds from a wrongful death lawsuit and as such, the proceeds pass outside the estate, keeping creditors from obtaining damages from the lawsuit.
Wrongful death suits often stem from other types of personal injury cases such as car accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, drunk driving cases, negligent caregivers, and medication mistakes. However, this list is not complete and does not fully represent the many wrongful death claims our firm has handled. Companies, hospitals, employers, and individuals may all be held responsible for causing a person’s death.
Wrongful Death Damages
Categories of losses for which a survivor might be able to receive compensation include:
- The deceased person's pre-death pain and suffering - called a survival claim in a wrongful death case
- The medical costs that the deceased victim incurred as a result of the injury prior to death
- Funeral and burial costs
- loss of the deceased person's expected income
- Loss of any inheritance as a result of the death
- Value of the services that the deceased would have provided
- Loss of care, guidance, and nurturing that the deceased would have provided
- Loss of love and companionship
- Loss of consortium
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help?
Wrongful death cases can be quite complex since they can sometimes involve criminal investigations, professional misconduct, government regulation violations, a history of negligent conduct, and potentially numerous other victims.
At Egerton Law, we have the experience and expertise necessary to establish the burden of proof required to pursue wrongful death claims. Our team of personal injury attorneys can navigate this complicated process and guide you to an outcome that establishes justice on behalf of your loved one.
Call Our Experienced Wrongful Death Attorneys for Help
The skilled and compassionate lawyers at Egerton Law will help you recover the damages you legally deserve. We understand you are anxious about your future and want answers to your legal questions. Call us at 1-800-800-4529, and speak directly with a wrongful death lawyer. Whether we settle your case or go to trial, you won't pay us anything unless you recover damages.
Egerton Law represents clients throughout the state of North Carolina including: Guilford County, Forsyth County, Randolph County, Rockingham County, Montgomery County, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, Asheboro, Kernersville, Burlington, Graham, Mebane, Thomasville, Denton, Eden, Reidsville, Salisbury, Walkertown, Belews Creek, Clemmons, Jamestown, Randleman, Madison, Siler City, Climax and Elon.