Compassionate Charlotte Wrongful Death Attorney
Sensitive, personalized representation from an experienced fatal injury lawyer
No accident is more devastating than one that results in the death of a loved one. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, it can be difficult to focus on anything else. However, on top of the grief caused by your loss, you may face costly and unexpected medical and burial expenses and the loss of income your loved one provided.
At the Law Offices of Brian deBrun PLLC, our Charlotte wrongful death attorney and staff are here to help you through this difficult time. We provide attentive, compassionate representation to obtain the compensation you need for your unexpected loss and the resulting costs.
Wrongful death law in North Carolina
A wrongful death is a fatal accident caused by the negligence, wrongful act or default of another person, business or entity. Under North Carolina and Charlotte wrongful death laws, surviving family members of the victim killed in a wrongful death accident may recover compensation if the victim would have been able to sue for personal injury had he or she lived.
Recovering compensation for fatal accidents
North Carolina law provides that only the personal representative of the estate of the deceased accident victim can sue for wrongful death. Once the representative and his or her Charlotte personal injury lawyer recover compensation for wrongful death, it is distributed according to statute:
- Reimbursement to the estate of the victim for court and other expenses
- Attorneys’ fees
- Burial expenses
- Reasonable hospital and medical expenses up to $4,500, not exceeding 50 percent of the compensation recovered after deducting attorneys’ fees
Once these are paid, the remaining compensation goes to the surviving family members, including surviving spouse, parents or children, in order of the Intestate Succession Act.
Types of compensation for wrongful death
Our highly skilled Charlotte wrongful death lawyer and staff assist surviving family members in recovering compensation for a wide range of damages resulting from the wrongful death of their loved one:
- Expenses for care, treatment and hospitalization for injuries prior to death
- Compensation for pain and suffering of the deceased victim
- Reasonable funeral expenses
- Loss of income from the decedent
- Loss of services, protection, care and assistance the deceased would have provided
- Loss of society, companionship, comfort, guidance, kindly offices and advice
- Nominal damages
In some cases, you may also be entitled to punitive damages for malice or willful or wanton conduct by the liable party.
Seek compassionate representation from an attorney dedicated to results
With more than 50 years of combined experience, our Charlotte injury law firm takes a personal interest in resolving each case to the satisfaction of our clients. While no amount of money can ever replace your loved one, we work hard to obtain the maximum compensation possible for your damages. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of Brian deBrun online or call us at 704-412-4258 for a free initial consultation.