Wrongful Death FAQ
North & South Carolina Wrongful Death Lawyers
Representing families across North Carolina and South Carolina, we at Crumley Roberts are dedicated to seeking justice for those who have lost their lives due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of others. We promise to take your concerns to heart as we handle your case in your loved one’s memory.
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. You can always get insight that applies to your unique situation when you call our offices, but we have also included 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 that you believe are responsible for the death of a loved one. We represent clients who have lost loved ones in a number of different ways, 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 you have filed a lawsuit against) 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 their death.
Who can file a wrongful death action?
The personal representative or executor of the deceased person’s estate may file a wrongful death action in North Carolina or South Carolina. This may be a family member, heir, or other party.
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 may include damages for: medical expenses, lost earnings, loss of companionship, funeral expenses, and punitive damages.
What is the statute of limitations for wrongful death cases?
A statute of limitations is a set period of time in which you have to take legal action. For a wrongful death, the statute of limitations is 2 years in North Carolina and 3 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 (866) 691-0607. We look forward to providing you with the information you need.