Losing a loved one has so many devastating and lasting effects.
The law can’t replace what you have lost, but the law does give you an avenue for holding anyone who wrongfully caused your loved one’s death responsible.
Holding wrongful actors accountable can be important, but it can also be exhausting in a time of mourning.
You don’t have to enter this struggle alone.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Accidents and tragedies happen far too often, and many occur because someone else acted irresponsibly.
If a loved one dies because of the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another, the North Carolina wrongful death statute allows certain people to sue the at-fault party (or their representatives) for the death.
In a wrongful death lawsuit, the deceased person’s personal representative or collector can recover:
- Related medical expenses;
- Damages for the deceased person’s related pain and suffering;
- Funeral expenses;
- The value of an entitled party’s loss of the deceased person’s net income;
- The value of an entitled party’s loss of the deceased person’s services and assistance;
- The value of an entitled party’s loss of the deceased person’s protection and care;
- The monetary value of the loss of the deceased person’s society, companionship, and comfort;
- The monetary value of the loss of the deceased person’s guidance and advice; and
- Punitive damages if the wrongful actor maliciously, willfully, or wantonly caused the death.
If you’re unsure whether you’re entitled to damages under the law, you should speak to a skilled attorney about your rights.
The emotional pain and financial burden of a tragic, personal loss can be overwhelming.
And while money damages are woefully inadequate in the face of tragedy, they can relieve related financial pressures and might be your only legal option for holding a bad actor accountable.
You don’t have to calculate the legal value of your loss on your own.
Our legal team has decades of experience that can win you the best settlement or award possible under the North Carolina wrongful death statute.
What Is the Time Limit for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in North Carolina?
It can take a long time to mourn. Unfortunately, the law gives you little time to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
The wrongful death statute of limitations in North Carolina is only two years.
This is why it’s important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible after a tragic loss.
Your attorney can meet your critical deadlines, preserve your rights, and maximize your legal recovery while you take the time you need to grieve.
We Can Be Your Advocate in Times of Loss
When your world has been devastated by losing a loved one, you want someone with experience, passion, and a tactical edge to fight on your behalf.
At Mehta & McConnell, we have all three qualities, and then some.
Our top-rated attorneys have over 30 years of experience.
They have also fought for the other side in the past and have the advantage of knowing how defendants operate in trials and settlement negotiations.
When you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to ask us for help. Call us at 980-246-2495 or contact us online for a free consultation.