North Carolina Wrongful Death Attorney
Losing someone in a serious accident is grief most people won’t understand. We’re sorry you have to experience this awful event. We can help you and your family get the justice you deserve. Nothing can replace the presence of a loved one, but we can try to make your life a little easier in years to come. Please give us a call right away to get a fair and full result from your claim. H Bright Lindler is a skilled and caring North Carolina wrongful death attorney who wants to help you and your family seek justice.
Act as Soon as You Can
Unfortunately you need to act quickly to get started. You are given a limited time to bring your claim. North Carolina has a statute of limitations of two year for a wrongful death claim. That means you have two years from the date of the death of your loved one to bring the claim.
If you do not bring your claim within two years, you are not going to be permitted to bring your claim any longer. They will refuse your claim.
We understand it can be difficult to think about legal factors in your loved one’s death but you deserve a full and fair result. We strongly encourage you to meet with a North Carolina wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to get the compensation your family deserves for this horrible accident that took your loved one away.
Who Can Bring the Wrongful Death Claim?
When you bring the claim, whoever is the one with that legal right, it will be filed in civil court. This claim is brought because you and your family believe there was a person or entity directly responsible for your loved one’s death. Their negligence took your loved one away. The claim would be to compensate the deceased one’s surviving family members.
The one who is allowed to bring the claim varies from case to case and should be discussed with a North Carolina wrongful death claim. However, a lot of cases refer to a will or last testament that the deceased may have made. If there was an executor named for the will, that person may be the one to bring the claim on behalf of the family. If that is the case and this person doesn’t want to be the one to do it, they are allowed to decline. The court can appoint someone to be the representative of the case.
When the court appoints someone, there is typically a list of people that would be considered to be the representative of the claim. That could be the surviving family members including a spouse, their parents, or adult children of the deceased. Those are typically the first people they look at to bring the claim but it’s not unheard of that someone like a dependent sibling could be the representative.
What Are the Compensatory Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim?
When you bring a claim, you are asking the liable party’s insurance company to compensation a number of damages. They would include the following:
- Medical expenses such as:
- emergency room/ hospital bills, surgery fees, pharmacy bills, rehab costs, final care they received at the end of their life because of the injury or illness
- The pain and suffering your loved one went through before they passed
- Costs for a funeral and burial
- Lost earnings the loved one would have provided
- Loss of a relationship with the deceased loved one
There are additional damages that are not always awarded in these cases called “punitive damages”. They are awarded with there was an intent to harm your loved one by the liable party. Punitive damages exist to punish someone and make an example out of them. It shows people who might act the same that they will be punished for acting like this.
When you work with a North Carolina wrongful death attorney to get compensatory awards, what you win goes towards repaying the estate first to cover the cost of bringing this claim. Then the compensation can go towards the damages of the case as listed above. The lawyer you work with will get a portion of it as their payment for their work on your claim only if the case is successful.
Call North Carolina Wrongful Death Attorney H Bright Lindler Today
No one should have to suffer because of someone else’s wrongdoing. You are entitled to seek damages for the wrongful death of your loved one. This can be done with the right North Carolina wrongful death attorney. H Bright Lindler is here to support you through this difficult process. Your case is important to us. You deserve to have a lawyer on your side that is going to push to get you a full and fair result from the liable party’s insurance company. Don’t wait. Call us today!