A Cherryville wrongful death lawyer could help you secure compensation from the at-fault party who caused the death of your loved one through negligence or an intentional act. A Cherryville Personal Injury Lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, could help you seek the compensation you and your family deserve from the party whose negligent or intentional wrongful act ended the life of your loved one too soon.
Kinds of Compensation Available in a Cherryville Wrongful Death Claim
There is no set amount of monetary recovery available in wrongful death claims in North Carolina. Every case is different because the facts and circumstances of each wrongful death claim are unique.
These categories of money damages are generally recoverable in wrongful death cases:
- The final medical expenses of the deceased person
- The cost of the funeral and burial
- Loss of the income the decedent provided for the benefit of the family
- Loss of services the deceased person provided for the household, like cooking, cleaning, childcare, and yard work
- Loss of the care, guidance, and companionship of the decedent on the part of the family members
You might have additional losses for which we can seek compensation from the defendant.
Types of Accidents That Can Result in a Wrongful Death Claim
Many wrongful death cases arise out of these situations:
- Tractor-trailer collisions
- Passenger vehicle crashes
- Workplace accidents
- Accidents involving bicycles or motorcycles
- Pedestrian accidents
- Hit-and-run crashes
If your close relative died because of someone else’s negligence in one of these situations or under some other circumstances, you have our deepest condolences. Please reach out to us for a free consultation. Let us help you during this difficult time.
The Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Cases in North Carolina
The law of North Carolina creates a filing deadline for wrongful death lawsuits. If your claim has not been settled, your lawsuit must be filed within two years, according to G.S. § 1-53. If missed, the statute of limitations could end your right to compensation.
The American Bar Association warns that missing the filing deadline could forever bar you from holding the at-fault party financially accountable for the death of your loved one. Negotiating with the defendant or their insurance company does not satisfy the statute of limitations.
How You Can Afford To Hire a Cherryville Wrongful Death Lawyer To Handle Your Claim
At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we handle wrongful death claims on a contingency fee basis. This fee arrangement allows people to pursue justice without having to be wealthy. We understand that litigation can be expensive, but North Carolina law allows everyone, no matter their financial condition, to seek compensation for their losses.
A contingency fee arrangement means that you do not pay us any upfront legal fees. We wait until the end of the case to get paid for our work. Our legal fees will be a percentage of the settlement proceeds or court award. If you do not win a recovery, you will not owe us any attorney fees. That is our “no fee unless you win” guarantee.
What Happens When Your Close Relative Dies Because of a Criminal Act
When someone dies as the result of someone else’s criminal act, like drunk driving or an assault, the family has the same right to pursue compensation for their losses as a family whose loved one died from someone’s negligence. The criminal case will be entirely separate from the wrongful death claim, which can be tried in the civil courts.
What We Have To Prove To Win a Wrongful Death Claim
In its simplest terms, we have to prove that your loved one died as the result of someone else’s wrongful act. The wrongful act could be carelessness like speeding or intentional misconduct like an assault.
Sometimes, a person dies without anyone else’s negligence or intentional act being the cause. For example, in many traffic collisions, no one was negligent or at fault. You will have to prove that a wrongful act by the defendant caused the death and not merely that the defendant was one of the drivers in the crash in which your loved one died.
Services We Perform for Our Wrongful Death Clients
There is often a lot of money at stake in wrongful death cases, which is why the defendant’s liability insurance company is likely to defend against your claim aggressively. It is an uphill battle to fight the insurance company and its many lawyers if you do not have a Cherryville wrongful death attorney on your side.
We provide these services for our clients in wrongful death claims:
- We perform a thorough investigation to discover all of the parties who might be liable for the death of your loved one.
- We collect and evaluate the evidence, building your case for compensation and weakening the defenses the at-fault party might try to use to avoid liability.
- We list and quantify your losses, calculating the financial value of your wrongful death case.
- We reach out to the defendant and their insurer, demanding that they pay a fair amount for your losses.
- We take the case to trial if the defendant refuses to pay a fair settlement of your claim.
These are but a few examples of the many measures we take when handling Cherryville wrongful death cases. When we talk with you about your case, we can answer your questions and discuss the additional steps we might need to take in your situation.
How To Get Started
At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, our goal is excellence in legal representation in every case, with every client, and at every stage. We listen to our clients and care about how the outcome of the wrongful death case will impact their lives. We will treat you with respect and compassion.
When we handle your wrongful death claim, you get the freedom to be present for your family and rebuild your life rather than wrangling with a pushy claims adjuster or worrying about filing deadlines. We make it possible for you to focus on things that really matter, like honoring your grief and loss.
We offer a free case review with no obligation. It is easy to get started. Simply reach out to us today for your free consultation.