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Wrongful Death Personal injuries caused by negligence-based accidents can leave victims physically hurt, emotionally traumatized, unable to return to work, and strained by spiraling medical expenses. For some, these injuries can be life-changing, leaving them permanently disabled. In the worst cases, these accidents take the lives of their victims, leaving grieving family members to face the loss and devastation of wrongful deaths. When you have been injured by someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation under the personal injury laws of North Carolina. Your claim should be pursued by experienced, qualified personal injury lawyers who will seek to recover the highest level of compensation possible for your injuries.

Goldsboro Wrongful Death Lawyers

When someone else’s negligence or intentional act results in the loss of a loved one, the pain and distress can be devastating. As a bereaved family member, it’s hard to know who to turn to in such circumstances and the complex nature of the law can leave you even more confused and distraught. This is especially true if you depended on your deceased loved one for financial support or household services as well as for the companionship, love, and affection they brought to your life. 

This is why it is so important to know that you can always call on the experienced wrongful death attorneys at Strickland Agner Pittman to help you in your time of need. Our team of Goldsboro wrongful death attorneys is here to assist in securing the compensation you deserve for a loved one’s unpredicted and unnecessary death in North Carolina through appropriate legal action. With years of experience and a history of successful results, we know what to do and how to do it in the legal arena in these vital cases. 

Find out more about your case by talking to a Goldsboro wrongful death attorney in a free consultation. Call Strickland Agner Pittman now at (919) 893-0090 or fill out our online contact form to get started no strings attached.

Causes of Accidents Resulting in Wrongful Death Claims

Any type of accident or incident in which negligence, carelessness, recklessness, or deliberate intent resulted in the preventable death of another can be grounds for a wrongful death claim. 

Common accidents leading to wrongful death can include but are not limited to:

North Carolina’s Wrongful Death Law

North Carolina outlines wrongful death in N.C. Gen. Stat § 28A-18-2. The definition under this law is a death caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default of another. It is a civil matter, even when a criminal act caused the victim’s death.

The law provides for the personal representative of the deceased’s estate to file a claim to recover damages that are a result of the wrongful death. A wrongful death claim may be pursued in civil court even while a criminal action is being prosecuted in criminal court for the same incident. This is because the civil action seeks monetary damages while the criminal action seeks to punish the wrongdoer with imprisonment, fines, or other penalties.

Damages Available in a Wrongful Death Claim

North Carolina’s law on wrongful death claims sets forth the types of damages one can recover in a wrongful death case. These include:

  • Loss of the deceased’s future earnings
  • Medical expenses incurred by the deceased before death
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Pain and suffering the deceased went through before death
  • The loss of the deceased’s companionship
  • The loss of the deceased’s services, protection, care, and support
  • Punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer and warn others about similar conduct

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Who Can Recover Compensation in a Wrongful Death Claim?

The estate of the deceased is the entity that actually recovers damages in a wrongful death case. The estate, usually through its personal representative, will file the wrongful death action in state court on behalf of the estate and the surviving family members.

If the deceased had a will or an estate plan and named a personal representative, that person will serve as the representative in the claim. But if the deceased did not have an estate plan or a will, the court will appoint another person, usually a surviving spouse, a parent, or a child of the deceased.

Damages awarded to a deceased person’s estate first are applied to repaying the estate for the costs of pursuing the wrongful death action, payment of reasonable lawyers’ fees, and the payment of any outstanding funeral, medical, and burial bills. Any remaining amounts are then distributed to the beneficiaries of the deceased’s estate.

Proving Wrongful Death in North Carolina

To prove wrongful death, you must show that your loved one died as the result of the actions or inactions of the negligent party or parties. This involves presenting evidence showing what event occurred, what parties were at fault in the event, and what type of financial losses ensued, such as hospitalization of the deceased before death, funeral and burial expenses, and more. 

Evidence that can be used in these cases can include death certificates, medical records, police reports, autopsy reports, witness statements, photographs, video footage, and financial data, such as tax returns and pay stubs to support monetary losses related to your family member’s income and benefits which are now gone. 

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