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What Qualifies as Wrongful Death
North Carolina law does not list specific grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Incidents that may lead to a wrongful death lawsuit include, but are not limited to:
- Car accidents that result in fatalities, particularly those caused by impaired, distracted, speeding, or otherwise negligent drivers
- Fatal accidents involving tractor trailers caused by violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations
- Deadly motorcycle or moped accidents
- Boating, Jet Ski, water skiing, and tubing accidents
- Defective products, such as dangerous drugs or defective medical devices
- Medical malpractice or negligence
- Workplace injuries, including occupational exposure to hazardous materials or substances
What Will Our Wrongful Death Attorneys Do?
A wrongful death attorney at Edwards Kirby will perform the following when handling a wrongful death claim:
- Investigate the cause of death
- Determine the party responsible for the wrongful death
- Identify applicable insurance policies to provide compensation
- Determine individuals entitled to receive compensation
- Establish estate
- Collect evidence of damages
- File insurance claims
- Prepare wrongful death lawsuits
What Is the Difference Between Wrongful Death and Negligence?
If a wrongful death attorney proves that negligence resulted in a fatality, the offending party is liable for the accident and must pay the surviving family members. For the affected family members, a wrongful death lawsuit is a legal action they can take to ensure that the offending party is held responsible for the accident.
How Are Wrongful Death Proceeds Divided in NC?
In North Carolina, wrongful death proceeds are divided among the surviving family members. If the deceased was married, then their spouse will receive all the funds, assuming there are no other surviving family members. If the deceased has surviving children and/or parents, then their spouse will receive the initial $50,000 while the rest of the money is divided among the other surviving relatives.
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