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“Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers has helped folks in North Carolina for over 40 years with Personal Injury claims, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Wrongful Death, Truck Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Slip and Fall, Elder Abuse Cases and more. Contact my firm today and speak with a personal injury attorney –
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At Kellum Law Firm, we have many years’ experience handling all manner of Wrongful Death claims.
We deal with insurance companies to negotiate a fair settlement for you, or if necessary we take your case to trial.
For over 40 years we’ve been helping folks in North Carolina get fair settlements for their Wrongful Death claims.
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WHY USE A WRONGFUL DEATH ATTORNEY?
Wrongful Death Attorney
The surviving spouse, parents or children of a wrongful death victim may be able to file a claim for economic and non-economic damages, since the purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to compensate those remaining family members who have suffered as a consequence of the loss.
But what, exactly, constitutes ‘Wrongful Death’ and how can a wrongful death lawyer help?
There are various ways in which a person might loose their life in an event that is no fault of their own. Reckless driving is one of the most common causes of fatalities in the USA and thus represents the largest percentage of wrongful death lawsuits. Reckless driving of cars, trucks and other motorized vehicles includes driving while distracted (using mobile phones, eating…), drunk or otherwise impaired (drugs, for example).
Product liability, medical malpractice, work place related fatalities and criminal acts can all trigger wrongful death lawsuits under certain circumstances.
The first step for any wrongful death lawyer is to carefully examine the details of the assumed ‘wrongful death’ to determine whether or not there actually is a case. Once it is established that a case or claim exists, a wrongful death attorney will assist the estate by determining the value of the decedent’s life to establish the amount of compensation to be sought.
Considerations for the damages recoverable for death by wrongful act include:
– Expenses for care, treatment and hospitalization incident to the injury resulting in death
– Compensation for the pain and suffering of the decedent
– Reasonable funeral expenses of the decedent
– The present monetary value of the decedent to the persons entitled to receive the damages recovered.
These are the basics but there are other more detailed assessments which will need to be made by the attorney handling the case. For example, if the decedent survived initially, and later passed as a result of the accident/injury, there’s a possible case for a ‘pain and suffering’ claim to be made along with emotional distress. It is also possible for bystanders who witnessed an accident to file a claim for negligent or intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Wrongful death cases require counsel from an experienced and sympathetic attorney who can help you and your loved ones through the many stages of preparing and filing a claim, and if necessary, filing a lawsuit. It’s important to begin the process as soon as possible, so that evidence is not lost and memories don’t fade.
While there’s no amount of financial compensation that can replace or make up for the loss of a loved one, having some financial stability can be of great comfort in helping a family to move forward with their lives.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A WRONGFUL DEATH CASE?
The place to start is to contact a reputable Law Firm and request a consultation with a wrongful death lawyer to review the details of your case.