The death of a loved one is possibly the most heartbreaking event that a person can experience. When the death is due to the negligence or intentional act of another person, grief can be compounded as those left behind struggle with the knowledge that the death could likely have been prevented.

If your loved one died because someone was negligent or intentionally caused the death, you need to contact a Charlotte, North Carolina wrongful death attorney. There are many common questions people ask during this stressful time about wrongful death and what to expect from a wrongful death lawsuit.

What Is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is the legal term for the type of lawsuit that is filed by family members when their loved one has died due to the acts of another. The act can be negligent or intentional. There arewrongful death mourning many types of negligent acts. Some of the most common ones are:

  • Vehicular accidents.
  • Pedestrian accidents.
  • Slip and fall accidents.
  • Attacks by dogs.
  • Negligently manufactured product.

Murder is an example of an intentional act. The state may charge the alleged perpetrator in criminal court and take that person to trial. Family members are not involved except perhaps as observers or witnesses. Whether or not the person is convicted in criminal court, family members may file a wrongful death suit in civil court and ask for money damages to try and compensate them for their loss.

What Are Damages?

Damages are the monetary compensation to which you are entitled to collect from the person who is responsible for your loved one’s death. The same damages that are available for a personal injury lawsuit, plus some, are available for a wrongful death which are:

  • All expenses incurred for the burial and funeral.
  • Any medical expenses, including hospital charges, that may have been accumulated by the decedent due to the wrongful act.
  • Earning capacity of the decedent that the loved one was expected to contribute to the family.
  • Future financial support the decedent was expected to contribute to the survivors.
  • Compensation for the pain and suffering experienced by the decedent.
  • Compensation for the decedent’s loss of the enjoyment of life.
  • Payment for the loss of the companionship of the decedent.
  • Compensation for the loss of consortium for the surviving spouse.

The law requires you to file your wrongful death claim within a certain period of time after the act that resulted in the death of your loved one. If you miss the deadline, you lose your right forever to collect damages. Do not risk that happening. Contact our wrongful death attorneys at Campbell & Associates for a free consultation.