Some of the most compelling cases I’ve ever had the privilege of working on involve the wrongful death of another person. The law in North Carolina and through most of the states, is that when someone is killed by the wrongful act of a careless driver or a careless corporation, these types of cases are almost always governed by state statute. That’s the case here in North Carolina. It’s particularly important if a loved one of yours has been killed by such carelessness that you consult a personal injury attorney who is competent in that area of the law.
One of the really interesting things about North Carolina statute is the way that it is written regarding the evaluation of damages that should be done by a jury. What it says is that the jury should evaluate the present monetary value of the decedent to the persons entitled to receive damages recovered. And then it goes through a number of different categories like net income, and the services provided the society, and the companionship.
What’s important though is to focus on those words “to the persons entitled to recover.” Sometimes that may be glossed over, but it shouldn’t be because a jury needs to consider not a reasonable person’s standard or a community standard, but what’s the value to those persons left behind – those entitled to recover?
If you are in a situation where a loved one has been killed by the wrongful act, negligence, carelessness of another, it’s important to consult an attorney who’s experienced and competent in that area. Consultation is always free and confidential. We’ll be glad to help.
Nothing in life is more painful than burying a family member who has died due to the wrongful or careless actions of another person. The aftermath of a fatal car accident, drowning or electrocution is emotionally devastating for the survivors who must deal with the emotional and financial reality of the loss. Having a lawyer who can manage legal and financial issues and explain your rights to compensation can be very helpful.
At the North Carolina personal injury law firm of Powers Landreth, our lawyers are dedicated to offering compassionate assistance to families who have lost a loved one in a deadly accident. We handle the following types of wrongful death cases:
If you think the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, immediate steps should be taken to investigate. Our lawyers will work with accident reconstructionists and investigators to collect and preserve physical evidence that can establish liability in court. That evidence may include skid marks, wrecked vehicles and witness statements.
There are many issues a family must deal with after a son, daughter, father or mother has died in an accident. You may need to set up an estate for your family member and name a personal representative. Our lawyers can assist you in this process. We will guide you through the complex legal and insurance issues your family will face. One of our lawyers can also serve as a spokesperson for the family if you are contacted by the media.
We know that financial compensation can never make up for the death of a loved one. However, our lawyers will work hard to protect the interests of the surviving family members and to seek to hold those who caused the injury accountable.Free Attorney Consultation
We are eager to serve family members of wrongful death victims. We offer free attorney consultations on the phone, in the office, or in your home or the hospital if you are unable to travel. We are accessible 24 hours a day through our office phone at (704) 342-4357. You can also schedule an appointment by completing our simple contact form.