Hickory Wrongful Death Lawyers
Also Serving Charlotte & Columbia
Families are put into a difficult situation when a loved one is lost in an accident. In addition to the emotional distress, these instances also have financial ramifications if the deceased contributed to household income. It is not easy coping with these tragedies, and motivating yourself to pursue a lawsuit might be difficult, but ultimately it will be to the benefit of yourself, your family, and the deceased in that it can compensate for financial losses and bring a sense of closure knowing that those responsible were held accountable.
Under North Carolina law, the surviving family in a wrongful death action can recover:
- Medical costs for the deceased
- Pain and suffering damages
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of income
- Loss of consortium
For compassionate legal counsel after an accident, call The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor at (828) 266-0216 to schedule a free case evaluation with our North Carolina and South Carolina wrongful death lawyers.
Understanding Wrongful Death Law in North Carolina
When wondering if you are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a loved one, consider this question: If the deceased had lived through the accident would they have had grounds for a personal injury lawsuit? In other words, was the accident the result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness? If so, a direct relative, or other party depending on the circumstances, may file for wrongful death and receive the compensation that the deceased would have been owed, and potentially more given the severity of the situation and the emotional distress the loved ones have suffered.
There are essentially three end goals in a wrongful death suit, which are:
- Recovering the medical expenses used to treat the deceased before the end, if applicable, and the funeral costs incurred by the surviving family.
- Helping with the loss of income from a death. This could apply to the lost wages once earned by the deceased, or the time the bereaved need to take off from their own jobs in order to process grief and deal with the aftermath of the tragedy.
- Seeking punitive damages against those responsible. These damages enact some sort of direct punishment to those that were responsible. Not all wrongful death lawsuits involve the pursuit of punitive damages. They usually are charged in cases where the negligence was so egregious that it could be said the liable parties willfully allowed it to happen.
Obtain Justice for Wrongful Death in North Carolina & South Carolina
The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor is full of decent, hardworking people just like our clients. Our Hickory wrongful death attorneys are down to earth people that are very empathetic to the plight of the injured. We offer compassionate legal counsel to the surviving family members and keep them involved in the case from start to finish. Our team consists of fervent and aggressive litigators that take great pride in providing assistance to the people of our community.
Call us today at (828) 266-0216 and ask for a free consultation to discuss your options for legal recourse.