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Wrongful Death Archives

Family sues German airline for crash that killed loved ones

North Carolina residents may be interested to learn that the family of an American mother and daughter who were killed in a plane crash that occurred in the French Alps filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Feb. 1. According to reports, the family is seeking compensation from Germanwings after the co-pilot of the flight crashed the plane in a remote area. The German airline company's parent company, Lufthansa Airlines and United Airlines were also named in the lawsuit.

Offering legal help for victims of distracted drivers

Today's world is a busy one. From computers and fax machines to navigational devices and cellphones, we find ourselves relying on technology to help us with our tasks. However, our North Carolina personal injury law firm has seen firsthand how multitasking when driving, especially texting, has lead to serious car wrecks that result in catastrophic injuries to those involved.

New 28-hour shift poses threat to young doctors and patients

New residents in North Carolina might work 28 hours instead of the 16-hour shift that was approved in 2011. This new change raises concerns due to the proof of threatening situations that have occurred when new residents were not alert while working. Evidence has also shown the dangers that await when tired residents get behind the wheel.

Racial bias in wrongful death cases

North Carolina residents may be familiar with research indicating that the criminal justice system could be rife with racial bias. However, they may not know that women and minorities can also face significant obstacles when pursuing civil remedies following the death of a loved one. In wrongful death cases, the accident victim's lifetime earning potential is often taken into consideration when defendants draft settlement offers or juries determine damages. Some experts say that the data these calculations rely on is often heavily biased against people of color and women.

Family of gun instructor killed by student sues gun range

North Carolina residents might have heard about the fatal accident that occurred at an Arizona shooting range a couple years ago. In August 2014, a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot a gun instructor who was teaching her how to use a mini Uzi 9mm. Now, the family of the 39-year-old deceased gun instructor is saying that the girl should have never been allowed to operate the gun in the first place.

Truck driver faces charges for fatal accident

A man appeared in a North Carolina courtroom on July 25 to face charges related to a fatal truck accident. The 43-year-old man is accused of causing a truck accident on June 13 that killed a 33-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl. The accident also seriously injured four other people.

Guilty plea by officer indicates successful wrongful death claim

In North Carolina, when a negligent or reckless driver kills an innocent victim in a vehicular accident, the bringing of criminal charges or driving violations against the driver is an independent prosecution not directly related to the civil damages claim vested in the decedent's estate. The claim that is made on behalf of a decedent by his or her estate is called a wrongful death action. The estate may generally collect funeral and medical expenses, lost earnings for the remainder of the decedent's life expectancy, and pain and suffering if the decedent was conscious at any time after the impact.

What amount is awarded in successful wrongful death cases?

The loss of a loved one is something that no one can really put a price on. The courts of North Carolina and every other state in the country are prepared to do just that, however, especially when it can be shown that the death resulted from negligence of another.

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