Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Burlington, Graham, Mebane and North Carolina
What is wrongful death?
Wrongful death in North Carolina is when the death of a person is caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default of another. A wrongful death claim may be brought if it can be proved that the victim would be entitled to damages should he or she have lived.
Elements of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Resources contained in this section is from the FindLaw’s Wrongful Death Overview.
In order to bring a successful wrongful death cause of action, the following elements must be present:
- The death of a human being;
- Caused by another’s negligence, or with intent to cause harm;
- The survival of family members who are suffering monetary injury as a result of the death, and;
- The appointment of a personal representative for the decedent’s estate.
A wrongful death claim may arise out of a number of circumstances, such as in the following situations:
- Medical malpractice that results in decedent’s death;
- Automobile or airplane accident;
- Occupational exposure to hazardous conditions or substances;
- Criminal behavior;
- Death during a supervised activity.
When a person dies under these circumstances, it is typically the family who must pursue the wrongful death claim.
Immediate Action Required
After a wrongful death, it’s imperative that you act quickly to move forward on legal action. As hard as it may be, the law requires you to act quickly or you may not be able to make a claim later. Also, key elements of your claim may be lost such as witnesses, memories or necessary evidence that your claim relies on.
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Hanford Law if committed to you throughout the whole process. We will conduct a thorough investigation and apply all of our knowledge and skills to prepare the best defense for you. Schedule a free consultation today by calling our friendly team at (336) 570-2211.