There are few things in life worse than losing a loved one. This is true any time that a loved one passes away – and it can be especially shocking and unsettling when you lose a loved one in an unexpected accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness. Unfortunately, these type of accidents do occur, and when they happen, they can truly turn life upside down. In addition to dealing with grief, you may also be wondering how you will continue to pay your bills, provide for your family, and move forward with your life.
If you find yourself in this situation, know that it is normal to feel emotional and worried – but you should not feel alone. If you have lost a loved one through the carelessness and negligence of another, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death claim. If you feel you might be entitled to file a wrongful death claim, your first step should be consulting an experienced team of wrongful death attorneys who know and understand the law, and who can advise you on your particular circumstances. At The Clauson Law Firm, we’re here to listen to your story, and help you determine your best next steps forward.
What is a wrongful death claim? Under North Carolina law, a wrongful death claim is a claim brought when the wrongful act of another person caused the death of someone who would have had the right to sue the person acting wrongfully if she or she had lived. Essentially, this is a claim in which you stand in the shoes of the loved one you have lost, and file the type of lawsuit they would have filed had they lived. Although no lawsuit can ever replace a loved one, the purpose of these lawsuits is essentially to ensure that the loved ones of the person who was lost will not also suffer financially because that person died as a result of the wrongful or negligent act of someone else.
In order to successfully bring a wrongful death claim, four elements must be established – duty, breach, causation, and damages. While these words may sound complex, what they essentially mean is that someone who had a duty to act responsibly and with appropriate caution towards another person failed to do so, and that failure caused an injury that ultimately resulted in death. Wrongful deaths can happen in any number of ways, and as a result of many different types of negligence. If your love one died wrongfully as a result of the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to damages on your loved one’s behalf.
Pursuant to North Carolina law, the following types of damages may be available to those who successfully filed a wrongful death claim:
An attorney who knows the law and understand how it might apply to the circumstances of the loss of your loved one can advise you as to what compensation you might be entitled to.
Losing a loved one unexpectedly can be one of the most traumatic and tragic events to endure. If you find yourself in this terribly unfortunate situation, your grief may feel overwhelming. You may wonder how you’ll move forward and find happiness after losing your loved one – and you deserve time to grieve that loss properly. You don’t need the added stress of wondering how you’ll provide for yourself and your family as you try to begin a new chapter and put the pieces back together.
Instead, what you need is a knowledgeable and experienced team of wrongful death attorneys who understand the law and know how to use the best legal strategies to help you pursue your claim. Although no amount of money will ever be able to replace your loved one, it can help to put you on solid financial footing as you begin to put the pieces back together and move forward to your next chapter. At The Clauson Law Firm, we believe you deserve nothing less. Visit us on our website at www.clausonlaw.com, call us at (833)680-0177 any time. We look forward to helping you soon.