For family members facing the unexpected loss of a loved one, it is likely the most difficult experience they have faced in their lives. Wrongful death legal protections are important to understand because they can provide some help during a difficult time and also offer some accountability for the negligent party responsible for the wrongful loss the family has suffered.
Wrongful death legal protections
A wrongful death claim can be brought in North Carolina by the estate of the lost loved one for the benefit of surviving family members. A surviving spouse, parents or adult children may be the representative of the estate and the damages are intended to help spouses, children and surviving family members with the harm they face. A wrongful death claim can be brought against a negligent party responsible for the loss such as a negligent driver, for example.
Damages to help surviving family members
Wrongful death damages depend on the characteristics of the victim and the circumstances and are unique in each case. In general, however, damages that may be available can help surviving family members with the emotional and financial harm suffered. In general, damages can include compensation for medical and funeral expenses; lost income and lost prospect of inheritance; loss of support and services; and loss of companionship.
Wrongfully losing a loved one can change the lives of family members and loved ones in an instant. For that reason, they should be familiar with legal remedies available to protect them during a challenging time.