How Gender Factors into Cases of Wrongful Death

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How Gender Factors into Cases of Wrongful Death

Charlotte NC Wrongful Death Lawyer

When beginning their evaluation of your wrongful death claim, the insurer and your Charlotte wrongful death attorney will first consider your special damages, which are usually comprised of economic costs. Next, they will consider general damages, especially your pain and suffering.

Laws Governing Wrongful Death

Each state has its own set of laws that dictate who may make wrongful death claims on behalf of another and to what extent they may be compensated. Some states are more liberal than others in their provisions for wrongful death claims; others are harsher and may require that claims involve a loss of financial support.

The surviving loved ones of the deceased commonly accuse of the defense of wrongful acts that led to the death. In wrongful death cases, it is not necessarily the early death that the defendant caused, but the damage (both financial and emotional) that the death has done to the decedent’s family and dependents. The components of death claims include the losses of earning potential, financial support, and consortium. These aspects can lead to structured settlements, where the sum is put aside and distributed on a timeline to ensure for the proper care of offspring and survivors. The sum can include college tuition or living allowances. There are some unusual examples where defendants agree to assist in a new livelihood, such as starting a new business or buying their own home.

Gender in Wrongful Death

When calculating future earning potential, the gender of the injured is combined with his or her work experience, education history, technical training, and career path. This is especially true when the male victim is the sole caretaker and wage earner of a family and thus responsible for the future education and wellbeing of his offspring. Due to this, there is a trend where the deaths of male family members are considered more detrimental. However, this is not an absolute, and each case differs. The grievous cost of losing any family member makes it difficult to put a monetary value on the lost love and comfort in the death of a loved one.

Contact the Wrongful Death Law Firm of Bice Law

If you believe your loved one has been the victim of a wrongful death, take the first step to protect your legal rights – contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law.  We serve families across both North and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly.  Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling 877-BICE-877 or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a wrongful death attorney.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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