Charlotte Wrongful Death Lawyers
Aggressively Standing Up for Family Survivors in North Carolina
Experiencing the death of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult challenges. Nothing can replace the loss of the person you loved. Such an event is hard enough when families have time to prepare but, when a person dies suddenly who never should have died in the first place, it can be even more devastating. Such is the case with wrongful deaths. These deaths occur when an individual dies from injuries sustained through the negligence or fault of another and, had that individual lived, he or she would have had the right to pursue a personal injury claim. These are unexpected deaths that no one has prepared for and can leave survivors in shock, loss, and grief, and, in many cases, without the financial support their loved one provided.
If you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death in or around the greater Charlotte area, you can rely on Wooden Bowers Vinson for compassionate legal help at this sensitive time. We can take on the burden of your legal claim in pursuit of the compensation you deserve in the wake of such a loss. Our Charlotte wrongful death attorneys are experienced civil litigators who know how to investigate and prepare a case for trial, how to negotiate for a fair settlement, or pursue rightful damages in court. We are committed to providing you with an aggressive approach at the negotiation table or in court in seeking a favorable outcome.
Wrongful Death Claims in North Carolina
Wrongful death claims in North Carolina are brought forward by the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate, such as the administrator if the person died without a will or the executor of the estate when a will was in place that named such a person. This person has the legal right to file and pursue such a claim on behalf of surviving family members and dependents. It will be the burden of the plaintiff (person filing the claim) to prove that the wrongful act on the part of the defendant violated a duty of care which then led to the injuries and death.
An example of this would be if a drunk driver got into a traffic accident that resulted in the death of a man who was a father, held a job, and provided not only love and support to his family but financial support as well. Wrongful death causes can include not only acts or omissions based on negligence but intentional harm as well. An assault that led to the death of the victim would be an example of a wrongful death resulting from an intentional act. Wrongful deaths can occur in many other ways, such as through other kinds of traffic accidents, slip and fall accidents, swimming pool drownings, nursing home neglect, defective products, and more.
What Damages are Available from Wrongful Death Claims?
Damages that may be recovered as compensation for the families of wrongful death victims may include:
- Medical expenses to cover any hospitalization or care the deceased person received prior to death
- Compensation for the pain and suffering the deceased person experienced prior to death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Compensation for the loss of net income the deceased person would have received if he or she had lived
- Compensations for services and care the deceased person provided
- Compensation for the companionship, guidance, and comfort the deceased person provided
- Punitive damages when the death was caused by malice or conduct deemed wanton and willful
Looking Out for Your Best Interests
In the weeks and months following the unexpected loss of a family member, you likely will not be in an emotional state conducive to handling the legal details of your claim. At Wooden Bowers Vinson, we understand that our clients need time to grieve. We can handle your case, taking on the burden of investigation and substantiating your claim so that it can be pursued for the compensation you and your family deserves. Our firm is dedicated to getting favorable results and has the skills, work ethic, and determination to hold accountable those responsible for your losses and damages.