Wrongful Death Lawsuits: What You Need to Know

Wrongful Death Lawsuit | Mike Lewis Attorneys

When you lose a loved one due to the actions of another, whether deliberate or accidental, suing for money may be the last thing on your mind. However, money will be important when it comes time to handle funeral expenses, settle the estate, and—even in some cases—pay your personal bills. It can be tricky to recover damages from the person at fault at a time when you don’t need extra stress. Learn the basics of determining fault in a wrongful death suit, and how an attorney may be the best friend and ally you can possibly have.

The Wrongful Death Case

When a person dies and that death is someone else’s fault, that’s wrongful death. Every person has a reasonable duty of care towards the people around them. That means you are expected to behave responsibly and in a manner that ensures the safety of others. When someone fails in this duty, either deliberately or through negligence, they can be held financially liable for the death.

Some examples of wrongful death include:

  • Irresponsible drivers who cause an accident that results in the death of another
  • Criminals who assault or otherwise fatally injure someone
  • Property owners who fail to resolve dangerous situations which then prove fatal
  • Nursing home staff who neglect or abuse their patients

Personal Injury

Wrongful death is a form of personal injury law, and often becomes an aspect of another type of personal injury case. In the examples above, the case would be both a wrongful death case as well as an auto accident case, general personal injury, premises liability or nursing home case, respectively.

Who Can Sue

Generally speaking, those who are directly affected by the loss can file suit to recover damages. These people can include the following:

  • Family members, including spouses, children and parents
  • Legal life partners
  • Financial dependents
  • Anyone who suffers financially from the death

What You Can Recover

The damages you can recover from a wrongful death case are varied and depend largely on the circumstances of the death and your relationship to the victim. Some of the damages can include:

  • Medical bills before the death
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of companionship and consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of support
  • Loss of future potential support

How an Attorney Can Help

When you suffer a loss, the last thing you need is the extra stress of fighting a legal battle to recover money that you feel like you shouldn’t even have to fight for. An attorney can be your best friend in this process. They can stand in your corner and handle the most stressful parts of the process while applying legal expertise to make sure those responsible are held accountable.

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one in North Carolina, and it’s someone else’s fault, you don’t have to stand alone and confused. Read some more about how personal injury laws work, and get in touch with us for a no obligation, free case review of your situation today.

Call 866-299-1769 or use the Free Case Evaluation form to schedule a free consultation.
  • Why You Need an Experienced Greensboro Truck Accident Attorney

    Why You Need an Experienced Greensboro Truck Accident Attorney

    Even though truck accidents account for only about 3% of all accidents on the roads of the United States, there are over 145,000 people seriously injured or killed in such an accident every year. The numbers are climbing, too, by …Read More »
  • Who Is to Blame After Your Truck Accident?

    Who Is to Blame After Your Truck Accident?

    Truck accidents are a blight on our roadways, and it’s unforgivable that they continue to be on the rise, considering that we’ve got a litany of regulations on the industry designed specifically to prevent accidents, as well as increased awareness …Read More »
  • How to Deal With an Insurance Adjuster

    How to Deal With an Insurance Adjuster

    Insurance adjusters exist for one purpose, and that’s to settle claims. That doesn’t sound so bad until you’re on the receiving end. They start off being very friendly, but before long you realize they’re out to get you to sign …Read More »
  • Reasons to Hire a Greensboro Car Accident Lawyer

    Reasons to Hire a Greensboro Car Accident Lawyer

    After being hurt in a car accident, it’s common to have to deal with a wave of emotions, including anger and frustration. While this is certainly understandable, it can cause you to respond to the accident the wrong way, possibly …Read More »
Call Us Toll Free 866-299-1769