It is difficult enough to see a loved one fall victim to a wrongful death. Navigating through the legal process that follows is another difficult time in itself. When you enlist the services of the Law Office of William T. Corbett, you don’t have to go through this ordeal alone. We have represented countless clients in wrongful death cases and will help you every step of the way.
Families have the right to seek out compensation when a loved one is taken away from them through no fault of their own. The responsible party should be held accountable and while nothing can replace that type of loss, families are entitled to compensation. And if the person who died was the primary source of income in a household, family members will be left with no one to rely upon. This is where the Law Office of William T. Corbett can step in and help.
Types of Wrongful Deaths
There are numerous reasons that lead to a wrongful death, with the most common one being auto accidents. Family members who lost a loved one due to another driver’s negligence have the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Motorcycle accidents and truck accidents are two common causes of wrongful deaths. Work-related injuries can also contribute to a wrongful death.
Compensation for Wrongful Death
When you hire the Law Office of William T. Corbett, we will seek out all forms of compensation. This may include financial compensation, but is not limited to that specific aspect. Here are some other costs that our clients are allowed to collect for in a wrongful death:
- Expenses for funeral service
- Hospitalization or medical costs
- Family pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Financial compensation for income of the deceased
- Nominal and punitive damages
When to file a wrongful death lawsuit
Wrongful death is a type of personal injury and, in the state of North Carolina, families have two years from the time of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Even if the lawsuit is filed after the funeral services, families can be reimbursed for those costs, in addition to other related costs.
In North Carolina, the person filing a wrongful death lawsuit must be a personal representative of the deceased. That requires the estate of the deceased to be opened up in what is called probate. While all family members may feel the loss, only one individual may represent the deceased in a court of law.