Losing a close family member forever alters the lives of the survivors. When the death of a loved one is caused by someone else’s negligence or by an intentional act, this can make the loss even more hurtful.
As if the emotional pain weren’t enough, such wrongful deaths can bring about real economic hardships for families due to medical and funeral costs as well as the loss of the deceased person’s wages, benefits, and contributions to the household.
To compensate for these losses, North Carolina laws allow surviving family members or other “personal representatives” of the deceased person to seek compensation from the people or entities who caused the wrongful death.
The dedicated legal team at Myers Law Firm understands that wrongful death is among the most devastating things that can happen to a family. If a loved one has been killed due to someone else’s negligence, we can help you fight for justice and compensation for your losses.
You Deserve Compensation for Wrongful Death
In North Carolina, personal representatives who bring a wrongful death claim can pursue financial compensation for:
- The cost of medical care incurred prior to the person’s death as a result of the wrongful acts that led to the death
- Reasonable funeral expenses
- The reasonably-expected income that the deceased person would have earned over his or her expected lifetime
- The value of other benefits that the deceased person would have earned, such as health or retirement benefits
- The value of various services that the decedent would have provided to the survivors, such as household services, tutoring, or care-taking
- The value of the companionship, comfort, and advice that the decedent would have provided
In cases where a person experienced conscious pain and suffering prior to his or her death, the personal representatives can also seek compensation for the deceased person’s pain and suffering. In addition, if the conduct that caused a wrongful death was especially reckless — such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs — a defendant may be required to pay additional “punitive damages,” which serve as a punishment and a warning to others who might engage in similar conduct.
Contact Myers Law Firm
If someone you love was killed as a result of someone else’s negligent or reckless actions, or as a result of using a defective product, you should discuss your situation with the attorneys at Myers Law Firm as soon as possible. In every case related to a wrongful death, our initial consultation is free.
At our Charlotte-based Myers Law Firm, we offer decades of cumulative experience in dealing with insurance companies as well as litigating in court. We pride ourselves on staying in touch with our clients and always keeping their needs in mind as we work aggressively to protect their interests.
North Carolina has a two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death claims. In other words, if you wish to pursue legal recourse for a wrongful death, then you must do so within two years of the date of death. Some exceptions do exist, but the passage of time can also erase or cloud crucial evidence that could prove your case — so please contact us right away.
To schedule your free consultation, please call our Charlotte office toll-free at 1-888-376-ATTY (2889) or fill out and submit our online contact form. We will follow up and get in touch with you as soon as possible.