When vehicles collide on the highway, the results can be catastrophic. When an accident is fatal, the family members of the deceased may struggle with more than just grief. The loss of a loved one can significantly change the financial circumstances of the household due to the loss of the deceased’s income, household services, and companionship. Additionally, the surviving family members oftentimes must cover medical expenses of the deceased, burial/funeral costs, and other accident-related expenses.
Family members of the deceased may be able to recover compensation to cover these costs by filing a wrongful death claim against the negligent parties responsible for the accident that resulted in the death of their loved one.
Under North Carolina’s wrongful death statute, spouses, children, and parents of the decedent, as well as personal representatives of the decedent’s estate, can file a wrongful death claim up to two years after the decedent’s death.
To recover compensation after a loved one’s death, surviving family members must establish the following:
If your loved one passed away in an accident, an attorney can help you decide whether to file a wrongful death claim for damages.