Trust a Knowledgeable Greenville, NC Area Wrongful Death Lawyer
Losing a loved one is a painful experience, and if your loved one died due to someone else’s negligence, it can be even more painful. High medical bills, loss of income, and the pain and suffering of grief are amplified by the knowledge that your loved one was taken from you and someone else is at fault. You don’t need to go through this alone, though, and you may be entitled to compensation. When you need a wrongful death lawyer in Greenville, NC, reach out to Attorney Harry H. Albritton, Jr. at Irons & Irons P.A. He is dedicated to fighting for victims and getting justice for loved ones.
Understanding Wrongful Death in North Carolina
North Carolina state law defines wrongful death as the loss of life caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another. While it’s similar to a personal injury claim in that the responsible party may need to pay for damages, it does differ. In a wrongful death case, a representative of the victim’s estate brings the claim, rather than the injured party. When the personal representative files the claim, the claim can attempt to secure damages for the surviving family members of the victim as well as the victim’s estate.
In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is two years from the exact date on which the victim died. After two years, the court may choose to dismiss the case and the victim’s estate is barred from receiving financial compensation.
Common Reasons for Wrongful Death Cases
Nearly anything that could be a personal injury case can be tried as wrongful death if the injury led to the victim’s death. Common causes of a wrongful death include:
Any vehicle accident in which the driver was negligent and the victim died as a result could be considered a wrongful death. These cases may include commercial trucks, motorcycles, boats, or pedestrians, as well as cars.
When a medical professional, including a doctor or nurse, fails to provide the standard level of patient care, resulting in the death of a patient, they may be held liable beyond medical malpractice.
Accidents happen in the workplace every day, but too often, the employer is at fault due to:
- Faulty equipment
- Hazardous working conditions
- Unsafe work environments leading to illnesses
- Accidents related to machines
- Improper training
If a loved one dies due to these circumstances, the employer can be held liable.
Victim of a Crime
If the malicious or intentional act of an individual resulted in the death of a loved one, a civil case can be brought against them. Examples include robbery or sexual assault.
Compensation in Wrongful Death Claims
Compensation may be secured for noneconomic and economic losses as the result of damages from a wrongful death claim.
Economic losses may include:
- Final medical expenses costs
- Wages lost
- Loss of benefits and future income
- Reasonable burial and funeral expenses
Noneconomic losses may include:
- Suffering and pain
- Loss of the victim’s protection services, assistance, and care
- The loss of society, comfort, companionship, advice and guidance.
Why Choose Irons and Irons, P.A. for Your Wrongful Death Case
When you need a wrongful death lawyer in Greenville, NC., we have a track record of excellence and are dedicated to our clients. Attorney Harry H. Albritton has a reputation for excellence and a track record for success, including:
- $225,000 to a client who was pregnant who presented to the hospital with elevated blood pressure and preeclampsia eventually resulting in death
- $320,000 against a home health employee who failed to treat an elderly paralyzed gentleman’s bed sores
- $375,000 to estates of a son and father after a fall from approximately 1,500 feet during the painting of a cellular tower
- $425,000 for the estate of an elderly man who failed to receive proper treatment for his neck injury while he was in a hospital’s emergency department.
- $895,000 for wrongful death of a man who had trench walls collapse around him as he was laying pipe.
Schedule a Consultation with a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Greenville, NC
If you’ve lost a loved one due to negligence or an intentional act, we understand your struggle and are dedicated to holding the responsible party accountable. Contact our experienced team today by calling 252-215-3000 or submitting the below contact form for assistance in receiving compensation for your loved one’s wrongful death.