Wrongful Death Lawyers in North Carolina
There are no words that will suffice for losing a loved one. If such a loss has brought you to our site today, we at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family.
Having helped countless individuals over the last 30 years recover from the untimely loss of a loved one, we understand the difficult time you are going through. It’s critical that you receive the care and support you need right now, and just as important that you speak with a professional about your next steps.
If you think someone was responsible for the death of your loved one, whether by negligence or misconduct, we want to hear from you. Even if you feel uncertain about pursuing legal action right now, we can help you determine the best course of action for you and your family.
Whether you decide to file a claim or not, the wrongful death attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates are here to answer your questions and provide expert legal advice, completely free of obligation or cost. Reach out to us today by calling (704) 376-1911, and if you are unable to meet with us in our offices, we can travel to you. Let us help lighten the burden on your shoulders.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
While death is always heartbreaking, it can be especially devastating if it was preventable. When a death results from another person’s “malice, willful or wanton conduct,” it is considered wrongful and may be grounds for a claim. Surviving relatives and loved ones are able to seek compensation for a range of damages, depending on what type of claim is filed.
Wrongful death claims allow survivors of loved ones to hold individuals and/or corporations liable for actions that led to a preventable or wrongful death. In order for the claim to be successful, there will need to be proof that if the deceased individual survived the incident, he or she would have received damages.
If you’re thinking about filing a wrongful death claim, there is a time limit called the statute of limitations. In North Carolina, the law states that following the date of a loved one’s death, surviving representatives only have two years to file a claim. There are exceptions to this rule, and it’s best to speak with an experienced North Carolina wrongful death attorney if you have questions.
If you’re thinking about filing a wrongful death claim, it’s highly recommended that you take legal action as soon as possible. An experienced wrongful death attorney can help you do this, and ensure you meet all timelines as well as take care of every other detail of your case. You’ll have more time to focus on your family and personal healing.
How Compensation Can Help
It’s true that no amount of compensation in the world can match the value of a human life, though financial assistance can help relieve the burden of many unforeseen costs.
We understand how difficult it is to think about your financial state during such a time, and we want to help. Your wrongful death attorney will ensure you receive all that you are owed and not left to pay for the damages by yourself. We’ll help you get organized and understand what you qualify to receive compensation for.
With the unexpected events of a wrongful death, bills can quickly add up. A claimant can seek compensation for many losses that count as damages in a wrongful death claim. In North Carolina, a wrongful death attorney can help you collect financial assistance for:
This can include everything from the cost of hospitalization to pharmacy bills and even hospice care for the decedent.
Loss of Companionship
This includes the loss of love, care, comfort, affection, moral support, society and guidance experienced as a result.
Pain and Suffering
That the deceased endured before death, whether emotional, mental or physical and even if for a moment.
Loss of Income
The value of financial support the claimant would have received from the deceased person.
Loss of Services
If there is a value on the contribution the decedent would have given to the home, if any.
These are sought when a defendant’s actions were malicious, willful or wanton. They are not meant to make up for the loss of a life, but rather to punish the actions of the negligent or guilty party and warn others of the consequences for similar behavior.
Funeral and Burial Expenses
Burial expenses that are deemed reasonable.
These are awarded when there was no actual financial loss, and are usually very low. It is rare that there are absolutely no monetary damages, but it is possible.
A skilled wrongful death attorney can effectively explain all of these complexities to you and your family. If you’d like to know more about what you and your loved ones may qualify for, speak with the wrongful death attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates today. Call (704) 376-1911 to take advantage of a free, private, professional consultation. We can help you make sense of it all.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Each state has different laws when it comes to who can file a wrongful death lawsuit. In North Carolina, the personal or legal representative of the decedent (who is named in the will if a will is present) or the administrator (if there is no will) may bring a lawsuit against the responsible party. Oftentimes, this will be either the surviving spouse or parent of the decedent.
Cases We’ve Handled in North Carolina
A sudden death can come in many forms. At Charles G. Monnett III & Associates, we handle wrongful death cases in North Carolina that include:
- Medical Malpractice
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Prescription Errors
- Negligent Caregivers
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Workplace Accidents
- Slip and Fall Incidents
- Construction Site Accidents
If you don’t see your particular claim listed above, we likely can still help you or refer you to someone who can. Call our North Carolina office today at (704) 376-1911. We’ll help you get started in the right direction.
Take Action after a Wrongful Death
We are here to stand for you, to honor your loved one’s memory and help ensure the guilty party is held responsible for their careless or negligent actions. For many, filing a wrongful death claim in North Carolina is about meeting practical financial needs, and for some it can even provide a sense of justification. No matter the reason, we are ready to help you move forward.
We’ve taken action with others, now let us take action with you.
“My pregnant wife and I were in a horrendous accident in Charlotte, NC, caused by a drunk driver. We were struck head-on by the driver, traveling at nearly 100 miles per hour. We both sustained many life-threatening injuries, and lost our unborn baby. This was not a time we could even think about an attorney. Fortunately, people we care about us found Mr. Monnett. This incredible man visited us in the hospital at our request, and made everything so easy for us during such a trying time.” – Meredith Eastridge
Charlotte Wrongful Death Lawyers
Recovering from the loss of a loved one is one of the most challenging feats a person can face; but you can make it. There is hope, and we are here to help. The caring staff at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates have helped countless other families get their lives back on track after devastating loss. We understand the intricacies of the debilitating grief and will provide you with the clear, honest answers you deserve.
Let us help you get the compensation and closure your family deserves.
Three Ways We Can Help You Today
- Help you understand your rights as they apply to your unique case
- Help you to know which medical treatments may be needed
- Help take calls and handle the paper work from insurance companies
I was involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, so I contacted the attorney that I had used in a previous case. I explained to them the situation and they advised me that there was no way that I would be able to recover anything so they would not take my case. I then contacted Charles Monnett & Associates and they accepted my case and I am happy to say that their expert staff was able to settle my case with the insurance companies for $128,000.
In October 2010, my pregnant wife and I were in a horrendous accident in Charlotte, NC, caused by a drunk driver. We were struck head on by the driver traveling at nearly 100mph and sustained many life threatening injuries. We lost our unborn baby and were fighting to stay alive ourselves. This is not a time we could even think about an attorney, but fortunately, people we care about found Mr. Monnett! This incredible man visited us in the hospital at our request and made everything so easy for us during such a trying time. There's not another person on earth with whom I would trust such an important endeavor. His experience and knowledge overshadowed the defense by leaps and bounds. Mr. Monnett remained steadfast and confident throughout the process, while ultimately prevailing, it was amazing. I offer my highest recommendation to this great man and his top notch firm.
Charles Monnett was very helpful and lead me through the whole legality of my case. Charles was always available and informative on this process.