Durham Wrongful Death Attorneys
Kornbluth Ginsberg Law Group, P.A. Can Advocate for Your Family Throughout North Carolina
Have you lost a loved in an accident that was not their fault? The state of North Carolina allows the bereaved in these instances to seek compensation for loss of their loved ones from those who are legally responsible. No financial recovery can make up for the loss of a loved one, but careful consideration should be made about the financial implications of these tragic accidents for those left behind.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else or a company, such as through a tragic auto accident, you likely have grounds to seek compensation for your loss. At Kornbluth Ginsberg Law Group, P.A., we understand the difficulties mourning families face in these circumstances and what can be done to ensure that their claims for compensation are clearly and assertively put forth.
Understanding Wrongful Death Claims in North Carolina
In North Carolina, only the personal representative of the deceased's estate can bring a wrongful death suit to the court. This can be done on behalf of all potential beneficiaries, however (including the personal representative if they are a close family member). Any compensation which is received will pass outside the decedent’s estate under North Carolina’s intestate succession laws. This means that the wrongful death compensation will generally favor the decedent’s closest heirs and not pass according to the decedent’s Will or Trust. This also generally means that the wrongful death proceeds will not be subject to any creditors’ claims of the decedent’s estate.
Damages that can be sought in a wrongful death claim include:
- Medical expenses incurred prior to the deceased's death
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Any pain and suffering the deceased experienced before death
- Lost income that the deceased would have earned
- Loss of protection, services, and care
- Loss of companionship, comfort, guidance, etc.
- In some egregious situations, such as drunk driving, there may also be grounds for punitive damages.
While the facts of each case are different the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in North Carolina is generally two years. If you and your family believe you have a claim for wrongful death, our personal injury team is ready to hear from you. We're ready to hear your loved one's story, your family concerns, and help you in this difficult time.
Can I Recover Damages For Emotional Distress?
In the devastating event that your loved one has passed away due to the negligence of others, a person will often leave the situation with permanent emotional distress. fear, and daily difficulties that you did not have before. In these situations, it is necessary to take legal action right away. No amount of money can truly compensate for your hurt, but our firm is ready to help you seek justice!
In order for a person to recover damages for their emotional distress, they will need to provide proof of such distress and that such could have been reasonably foreseen as a consequence of the negligence of the at-fault party. Oftentimes, friends and/or family members may provide evidence that your emotional distress is negatively impacting your daily life, your career and your overall ability to function.
Kornbluth Ginsberg Law Group, P.A., is ready to stand with you and your family. Contact us today to request a consultation.