As wrongful death statues have different standards across the nation, you are advised to consult with a Charlotte wrongful death lawyer to find out exactly how much compensation you may be entitled to.
Wrongful death claims by beneficiaries of the deceased
Insurers usually begin evaluating the settlement of death claims with special damages (economic losses). They will then consider the general damages (pain and suffering) allowed under the proper wrongful death statute. All states have wrongful death statutes that govern who is allowed to make a claim for the wrongful death of another person and what damages they can recover. Some states are significantly more limiting on what claims may be paid compared to other states. These claims typically involve the loss of support and/or loss of consortium. A Charlotte wrongful death lawyer will provide clarification on the wrongful death statue of your state.
A decedent’s survivors or beneficiaries often claim that the decedent died as a result of the defendant’s wrongful acts. The wrongful death claim is actually not for the early death of the decedent, but the harm done to the heirs or beneficiaries. Negotiations held between insurers and your Charlotte wrongful death lawyer will frequently involve lost earnings and loss of support and consortium. In some cases, carriers agree to structured settlements (periodic payments) to cover a dependent child’s education or to provide regular income throughout the survivor’s lifetime. The carriers will also occasionally agree to other creative solutions, such as assisting a surviving spouse start a business or buy a home.
Sex of the deceased
In many cases, the gender of the insured still serves as an index to future earnings, especially when used in connection with the individual’s education, training, and job or profession. As the male parent often provides for the children’s education, support, and comfort, a higher value may be placed following the death of a male parent than a female parent. But this requires careful evaluation of the present environment. A death of either parent means the loss of invaluable companionship, love, and guidance for the children, but it is very difficult to determine its value in monetary terms for the purposes of a wrongful death claim.
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.