What happens if my family already filed personal injury claims but our loved one dies? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Under the laws of North Carolina, any situation that entitles a person or family to file personal injury insurance claims or civil lawsuits will also provide grounds for taking legal actions for a wrongful death. When a person who became incapacitated following an accident later dies from his or her injuries, a North Carolina personal injury lawyer can file paperwork to change personal injury claims to claims for a wrongful death.

A person or organization found liable for taking a life can often owe more in compensation and damages because the surviving family can ask for money to make up for loss of companionship and support in addition to the deceased individual’s medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.