It’s almost unthinkable to lose a relative to someone else’s malicious or negligent behavior. Although the criminal justice system may or may not have something to say about this loss of life, the estates of the deceased may claim reimbursement or compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.
- What can be claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit?
Any expenses connected to the injury and subsequent death of a person may be claimed as financial damages. This includes treatment prior to death, expenses related to funeral arrangements and the possible income of the person’s career for a reasonable term of life.
- What about nonfinancial losses?
Pain and suffering is one phrase that often describes the costs on a family beyond bank accounts. Loss of companionship is another. Nothing can ever make up for these losses, but a court can try to compensate the aggrieved.
- How long do I have to consider this course of action?
North Carolina sets a statue of limitations, or a time limit to begin a civil action, of two years for a wrongful death lawsuit. This means that the family or estate of a person must file within two years of the person’s death.
- How can I get help with this option?
An attorney can advise on the likelihood of filing and pursuing a civil action for wrongful death. Legal representation is also very useful in the possibility that an estate decides to move this way. A lawyer can negotiate a settlement out of court if it seems appropriate or represent a person’s interests during a court case.