Losing a loved one is never easy, but it can be particularly difficult when the person dies in an accident caused by the negligence or careless behavior of another party. North Carolina law offers grieving families a right to obtain compensation for their loss from the at-fault party through a wrongful death claim.
The attorneys at the Clauson Law Firm, PLLC, have made it the premier Greensboro wrongful death law firm that families trust to aggressively fight to enforce their right to compensation under the law. We give families the ability to grieve the loss of their loved one knowing that a skilled and knowledgeable Greensboro wrongful death attorney is diligently working to ease the financial burden associated with a fatal accident.
When someone dies because of the wrongful act, default or neglect of another party, state law authorizes the representative of the victim to pursue a wrongful death claim for damages. The personal representative authorized to file the claim usually is the executor of the victim's will or, if the person died without leaving a will, it would be someone appointed by the court to serve as the administrator of their estate.
Wrongful death claims occur when a death is the result of the negligent, reckless, or careless behavior of another party. Common circumstances that may give rise to a claim include the following:
Intentional acts that cause the death of another person usually result in criminal charges being brought against the offender by the state. A wrongful death action allows the family of the deceased to sue the party responsible for causing the death to recover damages in civil court separate and apart from the criminal matter.
As may occur in other types of personal injury cases, a wrongful death case may involve more than one at-fault. For example, the family of a person killed while riding as a passenger on a bus that collides with a car may have a wrongful death claim against the drivers of both vehicles. A Greensboro NC wrongful death lawyer combines knowledge of the law with practical experience to gather the evidence needed to build a strong case against all parties identified as responsible for causing the death.
No amount of money can relieve the grief and anguish of surviving family members over the loss of a loved one. However, the costs of medical care rendered to the victim, funeral expenses and the loss of financial support provided by the deceased should not become a burden to the family. Our Greensboro wrongful death lawyer makes full use of the state wrongful death law to pursue the following damages on behalf of the survivors:
Depending upon the facts and the evidence, North Carolina permits a judge or jury to award punitive damages in a wrongful death case. Unlike other compensation intended to compensate family members for their loss, the purpose of punitive damages is to punish the at-fault party for conduct that is malicious, wanton or willful. Awarding punitive damages sends a message to the at-fault parties and to others who may hear about it that the punished conduct will not be tolerated.
The shock and despair at losing a loved one can be overwhelming particularly the death occurs suddenly and without warning. At the Clauson Law Firm, PLLC, a Greensboro wrongful death lawyer is available to offer legal advice you can trust and rely upon. We give you the opportunity to grieve by taking on the task of protecting your right to recover compensation for wrongful death and ensuring that the case is filed within the short, two-year statute of limitations. Learn more about how we can help you and your family recover the compensation you need and deserve by calling us today at 833-680-0177 for a free case review. You may also contact us through our website.