Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in North Carolina?

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In North Carolina, North Carolina Statutes section 28A-18-2 defines a wrongful death as one caused “by a wrongful act, neglect, or default of another.” When such a death occurs, the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate may file a civil claim seeking damages for the wrongful death. For example, in June, attorneys filed a multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the husband of a woman alleged to have died from exposure to excessively hot temperatures while working at a manufacturing plant in Fayetteville.

Wrongful death lawsuits are civil cases, and must be filed directly by the deceased’s personal representative. Recovering takes the form of monetary damages. Like other personal injury lawsuits, wrongful death claims are subject to a time limit, known as a statute of limitations, for filing your suit. North Carolina has a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits, including vehicle crashes, dog bites, assault and battery, slip and fall cases, and wrongful death. Because the time allowed is subject to changes due to specific facts or events, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to be sure your case complies with the statute, and to help you devise the best strategy for recovering for your loss.

The death of a loved one can be devastating. Nothing will bring the person back, but a wrongful death lawsuit can help you recover financially so you and your family can focus on your grieving and recovery. While laws may vary from state to state, generally financial damages that are recoverable will include funeral expenses, medical bills, loss of financial support, loss of love and companionship, and, in cases where the surviving spouse brings the lawsuit, loss of consortium. Sometimes a court will award punitive damages from the responsible party to punish the defendant and to prevent future similar problems.

Your attorney will analyze your case and your story, and help you understand what kinds of damages you can recover. Richard Manger is ready to assist you when you need help and support in a tragic wrongful death case.

Richard Manger, principal of Manger Law Firm, has extensive experience in litigation and settlements, with a focus on personal injury and workers’ compensation law. We are proud of the strong relationships of loyalty and trust we develop with our clients. We go above and beyond to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. You can contact Richard Manger via email at ram@mangerlaw.com, or by calling (336) 882-2000.

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