To prevail in a wrongful death lawsuit, a deceased’s survivors or the estate must show that a wrongful act, neglect or default on the part of the defendants caused the death.
Compensation may be paid in a wrongful death lawsuit for:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering of the decedent
- Monetary value of the loss of the deceased in terms of income, companionship, and care and services that survivors would have gained
- Punitive damages
- Additional damages as the jury sees fit.
The law does not address specific grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit in North Carolina. Incidents that may lead to a wrongful death lawsuit include, but are not limited to:
- Car accidents, including those caused by drunk drivers, drugged drivers, distracted drivers, etc.
- Motorcycle or scooter / moped accidents, including those caused by drunk drivers, drugged drivers, distracted drivers, etc.
- Truck accidents, including incidents caused by violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations by a truck driver or carrier company
- Boating accidents, including personal watercraft / Jet Ski, water skiing, and tubing accidents
- Workplace injuries, such as construction site accidents
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
- Defective products,including dangerous drugs and defective medical devices.
Wrongful death cases require thorough investigations that must start promptly so that records can be obtained, medical experts can be consulted and witnesses can be interviewed before their memories fade. Wrongful death lawsuits in North Carolina must be filed within two years of the decedent’s date of death.
When someone dies unexpectedly, it is crucial that surviving family members contact an experienced North Carolina wrongful death lawyer, like those at Hardison & Cochran, as soon as possible. People who lose a loved one on whom they depended financially and emotionally deserve to be compensated for their losses, but aggressive legal help is usually required to realize that goal.
Contact Our North Carolina Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
If a loved one has died unexpectedly at the hands of another person in North Carolina, call the experienced wrongful death attorneys at Hardison & Cochran toll free today at 800-434-8399, or fill out our online contact form. We represent families who have lost loved ones in wrongful deaths in Raleigh, Cary, Wake County, Research Triangle Park, Durham and elsewhere in the Triangle; in Fayetteville, Dunn, Southern Pines, Wilmington, Person County, Greensboro and the Triad; and across North Carolina.