Nothing can truly compensate you for the loss of a loved one. Your future is changed, and you’re deprived of the ability to create more memories with the person who died. No one can correct that injustice.
At Henson Fuerst, we understand that there is no way to undo the cruelty of your situation. As your Durham, North Carolina wrongful death lawyers, it’s our job to look after the part of your future you can control—your financial security.
Compensation for Your Loss
If someone you love has been killed as the result of another individual’s or company’s negligence or actions, you may be entitled to collect damages. While most personal injury claims are filed by the person who was injured, wrongful death lawsuits serve to compensate surviving family members for the loss of a loved one.
Wrongful Death Damages
Losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence can make your loss seem even harder. To help you recover financially from your loss, you may be able to collect damages—or financial compensation—for your loved one’s:
- Anticipated earnings
- Expenses for care, treatment, and hospitalization as a result of the accident
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- and more.
Types of Damages
Under North Carolina law, depending on the nature of your case, your family may be able to file a lawsuit for multiple types of damages. You may be able to make a claim for:
- Economic Damages
Economic damages are paid to you and your family for the loss of your loved one. These include payment for medical bills, past and future lost wages, funeral expenses, and more.
- Punitive Damages
Punitive damages are designed to punish at-fault parties for the gross negligence or unreasonable behavior that led to your loved one’s death.
- Non-economic Damages
Non-economic damages are losses that compensate for loss of life, pain and suffering by the decedent before death, loss of society and companionship, and more.
Without the help of a lawyer, you may not get the full amount of compensation you are owed. Our North Carolina wrongful death attorneys do everything we can to make sure you and your family are treated fairly and you get the maximum results possible.
Eligible Recipients to File a Claim
In a wrongful death claim, it’s important to determine who is eligible to file a claim for damages. In North Carolina, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss if you are:
- An immediate family member (child, spouse, parent)
- A legal dependent
- or a personal representative of your loved one’s estate
Under North Carolina law, you may not be eligible to file a claim for damages if you are the decedent’s:
- Fiancé or fiancée
- Foster child
- or unmarried partner
If you’re unsure if you can file for wrongful death damages, contact the North Carolina wrongful death lawyers at Henson Fuerst. We have answers.
How an Attorney Can Help
The experienced Durham, North Carolina wrongful death lawyers at Henson Fuerst can help you determine what caused your loved one’s death and what compensation you’re owed. That’s why it’s important to talk to an attorney as soon as you can after your loved one’s death.
At Henson Fuerst, we understand the mix of emotions you may be going through, and we’ll be there for you when it’s time to deal with those emotions. We work with experts who are trained to deal with the aftermath of a tragic death, and we’ll make sure those resources are available to you. It’s our priority to become part of your support system.
Our North Carolina wrongful death lawyers may be able to help if you lost a relative by accident or injury. Make an informed decision about hiring a lawyer to protect your interests. Contact Henson Fuerst today by calling (919) 781-1107 or completing a free initial consultation form.
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