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Frequently Asked Questions: Wrongful & Accidental Death

1. What is wrongful death?
By North Carolina law, when the death of a person is caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default of another, this is known as wrongful death. A wrongful death claimmay be brought if it can be proved that the victim would be entitled to damages should he or she have lived.

2. Can I pursue suing for wrongful death?
If it can be proven that another person or organization’s wrongful act(s), neglect, or default, led to or caused your loved one’s death, you—or whoever is appointed as the personal representative—may pursue legal action on your loved one’s and family’s behalves.

3. What is the North Carolina wrongful death statute of limitations?
In the state of North Carolina, the typical statute of limitations—or amount of time you have to file a legal claim—is two years from the date of your loved one’s death. Despite this rule, there are many exceptions depending on the nature of your case.

It’s important to take immediate legal action if your loved one was the victim of a wrongful death. If you fail to act within the statute of limitations, you may lose your rights to compensation.

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