When you lose someone in your family whom you love dearly, you might be wondering how you can achieve some justice on his or her behalf, or if it is even possible. Under North Carolina law, legal beneficiaries of a deceased person have a right to file a wrongful death claim. While nothing and no one can replace your loved one, you might also be facing financial consequences as a result of your loss. Holding the responsible parties accountable for their actions allows you to not only achieve justice, but some financial security as well.
In North Carolina, wrongful death claims must be brought to court by the personal representative of the decedent’s estate, seeking damages on behalf of the estate and any surviving family members. If there is no personal representative, a decedent’s surviving family members, such as a spouse, parents, or children can file a wrongful death lawsuit as well.
Types of Damages
In a wrongful death lawsuit, one can claim the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses or any medical care relating to the decedent’s final injury or illness
- Pain and suffering endured prior to death
- Reasonable funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of income
- Loss of the decedent’s care, assistance, and protection
- Loss of the decedent’s companionship, guidance, or comfort
Durham Wrongful Death Attorney
At The Law Office of Donald R Strickland, we understand that the death of a family member is tragic and knowing the death was caused by carelessness can make it all the more devastating. Our Durham legal team will fight to hold those accountable responsible for your loss and help secure the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today at (919) 701-8132 to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team. You should not have to go through this alone.