Whenever an individual dies due to the wrongful, deliberate or negligent act of someone else, the laws of the state of North Carolina permit the executor or administrator of that individual’s estate to file an action for wrongful death. Most Charlotte wrongful death attorneys will tell you that the types of damages that are recoverable in a wrongful death claim can include amounts that will cover the deceased individual’s pain and suffering prior to death, his or her funeral expenses, and, if death was not immediate, those expenses related to the care and treatment of the deceased individual prior to his or her death.
Your Rights Under the Statute
Under North Carolina’s wrongful death statute, the monies recovered from a wrongful death claim will not be counted as assets of the deceased individual’s estate and, accordingly, they will not be applied to the decedent’s debts (except in the case of funeral expenses and a limited amount of medical costs). The remainder of the funds, after legal costs have been paid to your Charlotte wrongful death attorney, will be distributed to those individuals (heirs) who are entitled to share in the award.
Statute of Limitations
Even though the state of North Carolina has a three-year statute of limitations for most personal injury actions, the amount of time permitted for filing a wrongful death action is only two years. That said, it is crucial that action be taken as soon as possible in order to preserve and prosecute such claims without delay.
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.