Death is always a sad occurrence and people everywhere have some tradition of grieving. This is because the living need to know that they can move on and honor the lost by going on to live a rich, full life. But moving on can be harder in cases whe a death occurs suddenly.
It's not simple to prove some was criminally liable for a murder, but it is often the goal of court proceedings. It can be even more complicated to demonstrate that someone caused a death without a criminal act. But that is exactly what civil courts can do after an untimely death through a wrongful death claim.
There are many ways in which actions that lead to someone's death are a crime under North Carolina law. But sometimes they are not, such as some cases of car accidents or industrial mishaps. This can mean that someone who caused another's death may walk free with little punishment.
Anyone who was around an aggressive dog as a child can relate that it is terrifying for something so powerful to be near someone so small. An attack by a dog can cause severe injury, permanent disability or even death in certain cases.
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.
One of the few certainties in life is that it will end, but this truth can seem especially cruel if someone dies before their time. If the survivors of a person feel this way, a claim in civil court in North Carolina may be the only remaining option.
It's so difficult to deal with the loss of a loved one, even when their passing may have been predicted. The news is even harder when it is a surprise. Sometimes, there is nothing to do but begin the process of grieving. If someone was at fault for a person's death, however, it may be time to seek financial damages.
The criminal justice system exists to punish the offender for the damage done to society. At the same time, the civil court system is there to try and make people whole after they have been the victim of a crime or violation of some kind.
North Carolina drivers should know that the number of traffic deaths has definitely gone down when compared to the 1970s but is still too high. The National Safety Council released its preliminary estimate for 2019 and stated that approximately 38,800 people died in traffic accidents that year. The good news is that this is 2% fewer than in 2018 and 4% fewer deaths than in 2017.
North Carolina residents may remember hearing about the fire that erupted on a dive boat off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, in September 2019. It claimed 34 lives and has given rise to three lawsuits. In the third lawsuit, the boat's owners and the captain stand accused not only of being negligent but also of callously trying to limit their liability for the fire.