If your loved one passed away in a fatal accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for funeral and burial costs, lost income, and more. A wrongful death lawsuit may allow you to pursue compensation from a vehicle operator, employer, or another at-fault party whose negligence or inaction caused or contributed to your loved one’s fatal accident.
A Columbus wrongful death lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC may be able to manage this process on your behalf when we represent you. For a free consultation on your wrongful death case with a member of our team, please call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC today at (828) 286-3866.
How Wrongful Deaths Occur
Any accidental death caused by another party’s negligence may be grounds for a wrongful death claim, and there are many ways an accident can lead to death. Below we discuss a few common causes of wrongful death and who may be at fault for the accidents in question.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the second leading cause of unintentional deaths in the United States is vehicle collisions.
Many vehicle accidents are caused by negligence. Anyone operating a vehicle on the road must obey traffic laws and take reasonable actions to avoid inflicting harm on others. A failure to do so may be tantamount to negligence and can lead to a wrongful death claim against an at-fault negligent driver.
For example, a driver may be liable for wrongful death damages if he or she drives while intoxicated, drowsy, or distracted, or if he or she speeds, drives recklessly, or does not follow safe driving laws. Similarly, a truck mechanic or cargo loading team may be liable for wrongful death damages if poor servicing or improper cargo loading led to an accident. Even a town or city can be held liable for wrongful death if a lack of road repairs causes or contributes to a fatal vehicle accident.
Accidents in the workplace can be fatal. If your loved one’s death occurred at work, and they were covered by a workers’ compensation policy, Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC may be able to help you pursue workers’ compensation death benefits.
There are many additional ways that a wrongful death accident can occur. If you believe that another party’s negligence caused your loved one’s accident, call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC today at (828) 286-3866 for a free consultation on your case.
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Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
Depending on the details of your case and your relationship with the deceased, the following damages may be recoverable in a wrongful death lawsuit:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pre-death medical care
- Loss of income
- Loss of services
- Loss of companionship
- And more
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC can help you collect evidence of your damages and their value when we represent you.
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Insurance and Liability
Certain wrongful death accidents may involve some form of premises liability. Workplace fatalities may involve some form of workers’ compensation insurance. Vehicle accidents can involve collision coverage, personal liability coverage, or uninsured motorist coverage.
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC can help you identify the responsible party in your loved one’s accident and inform you about your options for pursuing compensation. Then, we can help you build a case with evidence of the responsible party’s liability. This evidence may include:
- A police report
- Photos or videos from the scene of the accident
- Medical or coroner records
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
- Maintenance and driving logs
- And more
We can use this evidence to attempt to prove that the at-fault party in question owed your loved one a duty of care and that their failure to perform this duty caused your loved one’s fatal accident.
Working with Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC on Your Case
A Columbus wrongful death lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC can manage all aspects of your case when we represent you. This may include:
- Communicating with all parties on your behalf
- Filing your insurance claim and/or lawsuit
- Quantifying your losses
- Negotiating for a fair settlement offer on your behalf
- Taking your case to trial, if necessary
We can also answer your questions and keep you updated on the progress of your case throughout this process.
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You do not need to face a wrongful death case alone. A Columbus wrongful death lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC may be able to fight for compensation on your behalf while you concentrate on your family’s well-being.
Per North Carolina General Statutes (GS) § 1-53, there is a general two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits in North Carolina. Waiting longer than this deadline to take legal action could result in the dismissal of your lawsuit. If this happens, you may be unable to recover compensation.
The sooner you call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, the sooner we can get started on your case. For a free case review with a member of our team, call (828) 286-3866. We can discuss your options, our services, and what specific deadlines pertain to your case during this call.
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC may be able to offer you representation on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payment required. We do not collect attorney fees in this arrangement unless and until you recover compensation via a settlement offer or court award.