It’s difficult to think about legal matters, when you are grieving from the loss of a loved one, but it’s important to speak to a NC Wrongful Death Lawyer if you think your loved one’s death was caused by someone else. An attorney can assess whether you have a compensable claim and worry about the details while you can focus on moving forward after your loss.
NC Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
In North Carolina, you only have two years to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Most other negligence cases allow for three years to bring a claim. But with a wrongful death action, your claim is barred by the Statute of Limitations two years after the date of the death.
Wrongful Death Causes
Wrongful deaths can be caused by anything from car accidents to medical malpractice. In the case of medical malpractice, it can be difficult to know whether your relative died from the negligence of a doctor or would have died anyway from being in poor health. An attorney with experience in wrongful death claims will be able to sift through the merits of your case and assess (in the case of negligence), whether it makes sense financially to file suit. They can also walk you through the litigation process and you can decide together whether filing a lawsuit is the right thing for you.
If the death of your loved one was caused by an on-the-job accident, your case would be governed by the laws of North Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation. Dependents can receive death benefits through these laws. Even if the employer of your late relative has agreed to pay out death benefits, it’s important to talk to a lawyer who is on your side to make sure they are paying out the full amount you are entitled to.
NC Wrongful Death Lawyer
A NC Wrongful Death Lawyer can help determine which type of wrongful death case you may have and ensure you receive the appropriate compensation for the loss of your loved one. The Bishop Law Firm represents personal injury and workers compensation clients in Raleigh, Durham, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Louisburg, Chapel Hill, Roanoke Rapids, and surrounding areas in North Carolina. We do not get paid unless we win your case and we offer free case consultations. Contact us today, (919) 615-3095!