North Carolina Wrongful Death Lawyers
We Care Like Family, Listen to Learn & Do What’s Right
The unexpected loss of a loved one is something that no one should have to bear. Unfortunately, due to negligence and carelessness, innocent people lose their lives and leave their families questioning what went wrong.
Crumley Roberts is here to help you through life’s most difficult moments. We realize your world has been turned upside down, and we want to provide the support you need to begin putting the pieces back together. In addition to helping you recover compensation for financial losses, filing a wrongful death action can serve to hold at-fault parties accountable for their actions.
To discuss the possibility of legal representation concerning the death of your loved one, we invite you to call our team at Crumley Roberts. When you do, a caring member of our staff will be able to answer your questions and to address your concerns.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases We Handle
When you come to our firm, you become a part of our family. Our attorneys represent families in North Carolina filing wrongful death claims over the loss of their loved ones. We take on wrongful death cases involving:
- Auto accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Defective and dangerous products
- Defective medical devices
- Prescription and over-the-counter drugs
- Workplace accidents
- Occupational diseases
- Railroad accidents
- Maritime and offshore accidents
If you are looking for a compassionate and experienced wrongful death attorney, we are here for you. We can answer your questions and can offer insight that applies to your specific situation. Because we take your concerns to heart and take the time to understand your needs, we can help you make informed decisions about your case.
Crumley Roberts Can Help with Your Unexpected Loss
What can an attorney do to help if you have lost a loved one? What benefit do you have by taking legal action? At times, seeking legal action may only seem to add to the problems you are already facing after the unexpected loss of a loved one. Crumley Roberts is here to help take away the worry. We do not want you to feel overwhelmed by the claims process. We want to offer a shoulder to lean on. We can handle every aspect of your case so you can focus on the memories of your loved one and spending time with family.
Serving North Carolina, our wrongful death attorneys can help by:
- Dealing with the insurance company so you don’t have to;
- Investigating the cause of the accident;
- Determining who should be held legally responsible;
- Assessing the full and fair value of your claim;
- Pursuing compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance provider; and
- Negotiating with the insurance company as needed to pursue a fair settlement.
By representing grieving families in their wrongful death claims, we hope to secure the financial compensation that will help them face more stable futures. Additionally, by holding at-fault parties accountable we also hope to prevent similar tragedies from befalling others.
If you would like to contact our firm, please give us a call at (828) 597-0163. Our phone lines are always open for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Death
If you have questions about wrongful death laws and your rights as a family member to take legal action after the unexpected loss of a loved one, we have answers. When you call our offices, you will always get insight that applies to your unique situation, but we also include some frequently asked questions for your convenience.
What is a wrongful death action?
A wrongful death action is a civil lawsuit filed against a party or parties who you believe are responsible for the death of a loved one. We represent clients who have lost loved ones in numerous different incidents, including auto accidents, truck accidents, workplace accidents, offshore or maritime accidents, defective products, defective medical devices, and drug injuries.
What must I prove in a wrongful death case?
Should you decide to seek legal counsel for a wrongful death action, your attorney’s job will be to show that the defendant (the party against whom you have filed a lawsuit) is responsible for your loved one’s death. You will need to prove that the defendant acted negligently or intentionally and caused harm to your loved one, resulting in his or her death.
Who can file a wrongful death action?
In North Carolina, wrongful death actions are brought about by the person who is presiding over the decedent’s estate. This individual is referred to as a “personal representative” in North Carolina and as an “executor” or “administrator” in South Carolina. This is the person who has the responsibility and authority to carry out the terms of the decedent’s will. Depending on the case, the following people may be able to act as a personal representative or executor in a wrongful death claim:
- Surviving family members (spouses, children, or parents)
- Legatees (persons bequeathed a portion of the estate)
- Other family members (siblings, grandparents, etc.)
- Other parties as dictated by a will
If you recently lost a loved one due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another, Crumley Roberts will help you understand your role, rights, and responsibilities.
What type of compensation may be awarded in a wrongful death case?
The amount of financial compensation awarded in a wrongful death claim varies greatly depending on the unique situation, but you may be able to recover the following types of damages after your loved one’s wrongful death:
- Medical expenses, including hospitalization, treatment, medication, and more;
- Funeral expenses;
- Loss of income your loved one would have earned in his or her life;
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering;
- Loss of assistance, protection, and care your loved one would have provided;
- Loss of companionship, guidance, and advice your loved one would have provided; and
- Punitive damages, meant to penalize the at-fault party for wrongdoing.
What is the statute of limitations for wrongful death cases?
A statute of limitations is a set period in which you must take legal action. For wrongful death, the statute of limitations is two years in North Carolina and three years in South Carolina. You have that amount of time to file a claim, starting from the date of your loved one’s death.
For more information regarding wrongful death actions, please call us at (828) 597-0163. We look forward to providing you with the information you need.