Kellum Law Firm - Wrongful Death Video Resources

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This video from Kellum Law Firm provides an overview of wrongful death claims:

Video Summary:

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim

  1. Immediate Family Members:
    • Spouses, children, and parents of unmarried children who have passed away due to wrongful actions.
  2. Others with Legal Standing:
    • Life partners or those who were financially dependent on the deceased.
    • In some cases, distant family members may also have the right to file a claim.
    • Legal standing requires having suffered a measurable loss due to the death.

Types of Compensation Available

  1. Loss of Income:
    • Compensation based on the deceased’s salary or wages and what they would have earned had they lived.
  2. Loss of Companionship:
    • Covers the emotional pain and suffering caused by the loss of a loved one.
  3. Pain and Suffering:
    • Difficult to quantify but a significant part of the claim.
  4. Funeral Expenses:
    • Compensation for the costs of funeral and burial services.

The Legal Process Involved

  1. Consultation:
    • Seek a consultation with an experienced attorney to evaluate the facts, guide you through the process, and determine if a claim is viable.
  2. Investigation:
    • Conduct a thorough investigation to gather evidence and build a strong case.
  3. Filing the Claim:
    • File the claim detailing the negligence or wrongdoing that resulted in the death.
  4. Negotiations:
    • Attempt to reach a settlement with the involved parties.
  5. Trial:
    • If no settlement is reached, the case may proceed to trial.

Understanding who can file a claim, the types of compensation available, and the legal process can help prepare you for pursuing justice and accountability. Seeking professional legal advice from a Wrongful Death Attorney is beneficial in these situations.

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This video from Kellum Law Firm explains the essential aspects of wrongful death lawsuits in North Carolina:

The video covers cases involving car, truck, or motorcycle accidents caused by someone else’s negligence. It covers who can file these claims, the types of compensation available, and the legal process involved.

Video Summary:

Understanding Wrongful Death Lawsuits

  1. Who Can File a Claim:

    • Surviving family members such as spouses, adult children, and parents of the deceased.
    • Other family members may be eligible to be named as an executor or appointed administrator of the estate.
  2. Types of Compensation Available:

    • Funeral and Burial Expenses: Including all related costs.
    • Medical Expenses: Costs incurred before the loved one’s death, such as emergency care or hospitalization.
    • Loss of Financial Support: Including future income potential, earnings, and benefits that would have been provided to dependents.
    • Loss of Consortion: Covers the emotional aspects of companionship, affection, guidance, and support lost due to the death.
    • Pain and Suffering: Endured by the deceased person before their untimely passing.
    • Punitive Damages: In cases involving particularly egregious conduct, to punish the responsible party and deter similar actions in the future.

The Legal Process Involved

  1. Consultation:

    • Consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney, like the team at Kellum Law Firm, to review your case, answer your questions, and provide an understanding of your legal rights and options.
  2. Investigation and Gathering Evidence:

    • Collect evidence, including police reports, medical records, and witness statements, to establish liability. Hiring experts may be necessary to strengthen the case.
  3. Filing the Lawsuit:

    • Initiate the legal process on behalf of the surviving family members.
  4. Negotiation and Settlement Discussions:

    • Engage in negotiations with the opposing party and their insurance representatives. The attorneys will seek a fair settlement that fully compensates for the loss.
  5. Trial:

    • If a fair settlement cannot be reached, the case may proceed to trial. Experienced trial lawyers will advocate for your rights and seek the maximum compensation available under the law.

While no amount of money can truly compensate for the loss of a loved one, a successful wrongful death lawsuit can provide financial support to help you and your family move forward. Contact Kellum Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options. Their compassionate and dedicated team is committed to providing the support and guidance you need during this challenging time.

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