Filing a North Carolina Wrongful Death Claim

At Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, we have been representing accident victim families for more than three decades in wrongful death lawsuits. Although we understand that no amount of money will ever make up for the tragic death of a loved one, we also find that these legal actions often help the families reach closure, while at the same time seeing that necessary actions are taken to make sure that no other family will ever have to suffer the same type of heartbreak.

Financial Burdens

When a loved one is killed in an accident, their family is often left with astronomical expenses that they simply do not have the money to pay. If the victim received any type of emergency treatment attempting to save their life, then the family is responsible for all of those costs. There is also the cost of funeral and burial expenses. Even more overwhelming can be the loss of financial support that the victim provided his or her family, especially if they were the primary wage earner in their family. In cases where the victim stayed home taking care of young children while their spouse worked, the family is now left with no one to care for the children.

Emotional Losses

In addition to the financial burdens placed on the family, there are also the emotional losses they suffer from the death of a loved one, including loss of companionship, mental anguish, and more.

All of these losses – both economic and non-economic are losses that the party or parties responsible for the victim’s death are responsible for compensating the family for.

What Types of Fatal Accidents Can Result in Wrongful Death Actions?

Wrongful death accidents can happen anytime and under any circumstances. The following are some of the more common types of incidents that a North Carolina wrongful death lawyer handles:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian and bike accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective or dangerous products
  • Premises liability
  • Mass transit accidents

Contact an NC Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party, contact our office today to find out how we can help. Our North Carolina wrongful death attorney can evaluate your situation and determine what the best legal options are. We can identify who the responsible parties are and what types of damages your family is entitled to.

In many of the wrongful death lawsuits we handle, the case never makes it to court because we are able to successfully negotiate a fair and just settlement with the other party. However, if they refuse to negotiate in good faith or fail to offer a fair and just settlement amount, we will not hesitate to fully litigate your case to get you the compensation you deserve.

It is important to contact our personal injury firm as soon as possible, regardless of any criminal charges the at-fault party may be facing. Under North Carolina, there is a statute of limitations for how long survivors have to file a lawsuit. We can determine what that time frame is in your case.