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North Carolina Wrongful Death Lawyers

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If someone you love has died as a result of negligence, no lawsuit can bring him or her back. While filing a wrongful death claim may seem like the least of your concerns at the moment, it can provide you with the compensation you may need to pick up the pieces after your tragedy.

At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we have a reputation for being compassionate with our clients and unforgiving with the opposition.

We realize the pain you are experiencing can feel unbearable. If someone else is to blame for the passing of your family member, we want to help you fight for the justice and recovery you and your family deserve. We have several offices across North Carolina to conveniently meet with you, including Asheville, Charlotte, and Raleigh.

Call (855) 757-4204 to schedule a free consultation with a North Carolina wrongful death attorney at our firm. Se habla español. 

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

When the negligence of another person or entity results in a fatal accident or incident in North Carolina, the personal representative of the deceased is entitled to file a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of the deceased and his or her legal heirs.

A personal representative is appointed by the court to act as a fiduciary representative of a deceased person and manage his or her affairs. This person is usually designated in the deceased’s will, but may also be drawn from his or her relatives in accordance with state law.

The remainder is distributed to survivors in accord with North Carolina’s intestacy rules. This means that a surviving spouse receives the entire amount unless there are also surviving children or parents of the deceased.

If there are surviving parents or children, they may also be entitled to a share depending on the amount recovered and other circumstances. Without professional guidance, it can be difficult for families to handle these complex matters — especially when emotions are running high after a death.

Benefits to Heirs

If you have recently lost a loved one due to wrongful death, an experienced North Carolina wrongful death attorney at our office can meet with you to discuss filing a claim. Under North Carolina law, the surviving family members of a wrongful death victim may have the right to be compensated for their loss.

Types of recoverable damages include:

  • Expenses for care, treatment, and hospitalization relevant to the injury that resulted in death
  • Compensation for pain and suffering of the decedent
  • The reasonable funeral expenses of the decedent
  • The present monetary value of the decedent to the persons entitled to receive the damages, including compensation for the loss of the reasonably expected:
    • Net income of the decedent
    • Services, protection, care, and assistance of the decedent, whether voluntary or obligatory, to the persons entitled to the damages recovered
    • Society, companionship, comfort, guidance, kindly offices, and advice of the decedent to the persons entitled to the damages recovered
  • Such punitive damages as the decedent could have recovered pursuant to Chapter 1D of the General Statutes had he or she survived, and punitive damages for wrongfully causing the death of the decedent through malice or willful or wanton conduct, as defined in G.S. 1D 5

In some cases, a person suffers a catastrophic injury and passes away after undergoing medical treatment. If this was the situation with your loved one, you may obtain compensation for those medical bills. Our legal team has helped countless clients who lost family members to injuries caused by negligence.

Documents to Gather for a Wrongful Death Claim

Before we get started on your case, it will be helpful (and, for some things, necessary) to provide us with the following information and items:

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