Wrongful Death Attorneys Concord NC

cabarrus county courthouseThe attorneys of Plummer, Russell and Plummer have helped many families with compensation after a wrongful death accident or with workers compensation for workers that have been injured on the job. We realize that after the death of a loved one money may be the last thing on your mind. However, monetary compensaton can play an important role in your long term recovery.

Wrongful death claims must be brought within 2 years of the individual’s death in North Carolina. Even though you may be grieving it is important to act quickly. The damages that are recoverable in a lawsuit for wrongful death are specified in the Wrongful Death Act. These include:

    1. Expenses for care, treatment and hospitalization incident to the injury resulting in death;
    2. Compensation for pain and suffering of the decedent;
    3. The reasonable funeral expenses of the decedent;
    4. The present monetary value of the decedent to the persons entitled to receive the damages recovered, including but not limited to compensation for the loss of the reasonably expected:

a. Net income of the decedent,
b. Services, protection, care and assistance of the decedent, whether voluntary or obligatory, to the persons entitled to the damages recovered;
c. Society, companionship, comfort, guidance, kindly offices and advice of the decedent to the persons entitled to the damages recovered;

  1. Such punitive damages as the decedent could have recovered pursuant to Chapter 1D of the General Statutes had he survived, and punitive damages for wrongfully causing the death of the decedent through malice or willful or wanton conduct, as defined in G.S. 1D-5;
  2. Nominal damages when the jury so finds.

The Wrongful Death Act states that “[a]ll evidence which reasonably tends to establish any of the elements of damages included . . . or otherwise reasonably tends to establish the present monetary value of the decedent to the persons entitled to receive the damages recovered, is admissible in an action for damages for death by wrongful act.”