Raleigh Wrongful Death Lawyers

Compassionate Legal Advocacy for Wrongful Death Cases in Wilson County, Cumberland County, Durham County, and Orange County

Nothing can prepare you for the sudden, avoidable death of a loved one. You and your family have suffered a terrible loss, and on top of that, you must now deal with the details that come in the aftermath. At the very least, however, you don’t have to do this alone.

If someone else’s negligence caused your loved one’s death, you can file suit for wrongful death—and seek compensation for his or her estate. While you battle to cope with loss, defendants and insurance companies may try to settle your claim quickly and cheaply to them. You deserve full and fair compensation—and sound legal guidance to help you obtain it.

Call Thorp Law today at (919) 373-3390 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our wrongful death attorney in Raleigh!

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in North Carolina?

According to North Carolina law, a personal representative of the deceased’s estate must file a wrongful death​​ claim. This personal representative may have been named in the deceased’s estate plan if one exists, or the court may appoint an individual to fill this role. Common individuals who fill this role include spouses, adult children, or parents of the deceased. While a representative of the estate must file a claim, damages can be awarded to both the estate and the deceased’s family members.​

What is the Statute of Limitations For a Wrongful Death in North Carolina?

According to North Carolina law, claimants have two years to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a deceased loved one. If a claim is not filed within this period, you will most likely lose your right to file a claim and recover compensation. There are exceptions to this two-year rule, so it’s important to speak to an attorney from our firm as soon as possible about your case.

What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Case?

As stated above, damages can be recovered by both the deceased’s estate and the surviving family members of the deceased. Damages that can be pursued include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • The pain and suffering the deceased endured
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of companionship

There are other damages that individuals may be eligible to pursue, including punitive damages. Unlike other damages that seek to compensate the deceased’s estate and family members, punitive damages seek to punish the negligent party. Punitive damages are not often awarded; an attorney from our firm can advise you if you may be eligible to pursue such damages.

Contact Our Raleigh Wrongful Death Attorney Today

The Raleigh wrongful death attorney at Thorp Law is experienced and adept at fighting for justice for victims throughout North Carolina. If necessary, we travel throughout the country to discover and preserve evidence and consult with trusted experts to establish causation. We then weave this information into a narrative that paints a clear picture of your loss for the judge and jury.

Winning compensation won’t bring your loved one back, but it can give you the means to rebuild your life. It may also help shield other families from the loss and suffering you have experienced. Serving clients from Wilson County, Cumberland County, Durham County, and Orange County.

Contact Thorp Law today to meet with our wrongful death lawyer in Raleigh!

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