Do I have a Wrongful Death Claim?


Suddenly losing your husband or wife is a traumatic, life-changing event. Moving forward is even more difficult when you know that your spouse’s death was avoidable. If someone else caused the death of your loved one, then you may be wondering whether you can hold them accountable, so another person doesn’t die needlessly.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim is a type of lawsuit that allows you to obtain compensation for your spouse’s early death. In general, you can recover for hospital expenses, pain and suffering, your spouse’s lost wages, and funeral expenses. Wrongful death lawsuits are common in the following situations:

  • Drunk driving accidents

  • Dangerous conditions on property

  • Product defects

  • Medical malpractice

Do I have a Wrongful Death Claim?

If your husband or wife died prematurely and someone else is to blame, then you may need to take legal action. In general, a wrongful death claim is appropriate if another person’s intentional act or negligence caused your spouse to die. These claims can also be brought against companies and organizations.

When should I file my lawsuit?

In North Carolina, wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within two years after someone is killed.

What should I do next?

Navigating the legal process can be overwhelming. It is important to speak with a lawyer who has experience with wrongful death lawsuits. Thorp Law has extensive experience fighting for spouses who are suffering from the loss of a husband or wife. Our team of lawyers have a state-wide network of experts and investigators who will help build your case. Winning a lawsuit will not bring your spouse back, but compensation will bring peace of mind and help rebuild your life.