Wrongful Death Claims in Forsyth County and Throughout North Carolina
The purpose of the Wrongful Death Act in North Carolina is to compensate the family members who lose a loved one due to a fatal accident. Surviving family members are legally entitled to receive money damages that would restore them to the same financial position as if the deceased had never died. For example, if a working mom loses her life in a tragic car accident, the surviving spouse and children are entitled to collect for the lost income that their mother would have earned over her normal lifespan plus additional compensation for the loss of companionship, affection, relationship and services.
At the wrongful death law firm of Nagle & Associates, P.A. in Winston Salem, we understand that nothing can bring back your loved one. But we also acknowledge that the wrongful death of a family member can bring devastating financial consequences on top of emotional stress. Bringing you fair compensation through a legal wrongful death claim can help your family to continue to pay bills or a mortgage, keep your children in school, and potentially ensure the tragedy will never happen again. Contact our wrongful death attorneys today to talk about your case.
What Damages Might I Receive in a Wrongful Death Case?
A wrongful death action is brought by the “personal representative” of the estate of the decedent. This person is typically a spouse or parent, but can also be an attorney who represents the estate. The estate does not receive the compensation. Instead, it is surviving family members who share the funds secured through a successful NC wrongful death action.
Typical damages awarded in a successful wrongful death case include:
- Medical expenses for medical care including hospitalization and treatment prior to death.
- Compensation for the victim’s pain and suffering (if they were conscious for any period).
- Funeral expenses for the decedent.
- Net income of the decedent that they would have earned over a normal life-time.
- Payment for the surviving family members’ lost companionship, care, services, and protection that the decedent would have provided if he/she had not endured the fatal injury.
- Punitive damages that the decedent could have recovered had they lived.
There are many more details to wrongful death cases, which is why it is crucial to consult with a Winston Salem wrongful death lawyer about your case. Our law practice is statewide and we only handle serious motor vehicle collisions. We have handled many fatal accident cases through settlement and trial, and we stand ready to provide your best plan of legal action.
Call Our Winston Salem & Forsyth County North Carolina Personal Injury Law Firm Today
The attorneys at Nagle & Associates, P.A. are sympathetic to your situation and ready to fight for the maximum compensation allowed. Let us work for you while you take the time to recover from your tragedy. Speak to one of our personal injury lawyers today at (800) 411-1583.