Wrongful death attorneys in North Carolina
It hurts to lose someone you love, whether it be a family member, child, or spouse, especially when it was caused by someone else. The surviving loved ones can suffer emotionally and financially, adding more stress to their grieving. That’s why at Girdwood & Williams, we’re dedicated to bringing you and your family justice in a wrongful death case. We know that a lawsuit won’t bring back the person you lost, but it can help alleviate the financial burden you may have faced since their untimely death. Whether it be a car accident, a work-related incident, negligence at a hospital, or any other fatal scenario, we can help. Don’t wait– contact our wrongful death attorney today to review your case.
What is a “wrongful death,” and how does it differ from homicide or manslaughter?
A person can be held responsible for the death of another in a variety of ways. Criminal charges include various levels of homicide or manslaughter, but the action by the accused must reach a certain level of conduct to be criminal. But just because someone cannot be charged criminally for your loved one’s death, does not mean they are not responsible civilly.
“Wrongful death” is the term for when a civil action, as opposed to criminal charges, are pursued after a loved one’s death seeking monetary recovery against parties that were negligent or otherwise contributed to the death. These lawsuits can be brought even if criminal charges are also being sought.
Who is able to sue for wrongful death?
Because the party directly harmed was killed in the unforeseen situation, those connected to them are often unsure if they are able to pursue a lawsuit on their behalf. Generally, a family member can be appointed to pursue the wrongful death case on behalf of those family members who would inherit from the deceased. If you are unsure whether or not you are able to sue after the wrongful death of a loved one, Girdwood & Williams is always willing to review a case.
What Our Clients Say
Scott did a great job from start to finish with my case. Kept me well informed throughout it all. Thanks again!
I was struggling to move forward with a 2 year old case. A couple weeks ago, I decided to call Girdwood & Williams and Scott Girdwood helped me take care of it. His office was friendly, highly professional and made communication very easy. To be honest, I've been burdened with this for a long time, and as anyone who's needed legal services knows, it's not easy. It is such a relief to finally be done. It all happened so quickly and efficiently, I'm in shock. A HUGE thank you to Mr. Girdwood for all his effort and time put toward success. I will solely recommend his law firm to anyone seeking legal counsel from here on out!
Wish it was possible to give more than 5 stars. A few years back I was in a bad car accident. With a lot of bills resulting from this accident I figured it would be smart of me to higher an attorney to represent me. I was referred Scott Girdwood and now I can’t thank him enough for what he did for me. He took on to fight my claim where there were a lot of factors contributing to determining fault. He stood beside my side the whole time and went above and behind keeping me in the loop with what was going on. He also educated me and how the process went so I was more understanding. From day one we new the other persons insurance was going to be a pain to fight. Scott fought three different attorneys and not once backed down. Almost 2 years after the original accident, Scott was able to get us settled outside of court. Once again can’t thank Scott enough for what he did for me!
Several years ago 2 family members and myself were in a horrible accident. Our van was totaled. The law firm who initially represented me was going to end up with more from the settlement than I was, and I was the one injured. They said if they worked all summer they could maybe get 400 to 500 dollars for me. I left them and went with Ben Williams. He was amazing. He got $5,000 dollars more in no time.
Scott Girdwood and Ben Williams are excellent attorneys. There are very knowledgeable of the law and fight hard for their clients when they need it the most. Highly recommended!
This law firm has handled several accidents for my family over the past few years. Ben Williams knows what he is doing and has gone above and beyond for us. Sabrina Ward has been extremely helpful and nice. These two have done everything they could to help us out with each accident, even the small one. I couldn’t be more happy with their work.
I recommend hiring Girdwood & Williams for even your smallest accident to take the stress away.
I strongly recommend using Girdwood and Williams. I got a speeding ticket a few months ago and called Scott Girdwood. I was able to speak with Scott on the phone immediately and he put my mind at ease. I paid him a reasonable fee over the phone and I didn’t even have to go to court! He was able to get my ticket reduced so it didn’t affect my license or my insurance. After my court date, Scott sent me a letter to let me know how everything turned out. He made this ordeal very easy for me and I am very thankful!
When I was hurt on the job, I had concerns whether the giant company I worked for had my best interests in mind, so I contacted Ben Williams. From the beginning, Ben told me what to expect and all the possible outcomes. Knowing that I have a wife and kids, Ben helped me make informed decisions to protect me and my family. When court ruling after court ruling when in my favor, the company I worked for agreed to settle, and I am very happy with the result. I have complete confidence in the professionals at Girdwood & Williams, and I would not hesitate to call on them again if needed.
My experience with Scott and the staff at Girdwood & Williams has been nothing but outstanding! I highly recommend them as they are very knowledgeable and responsive. Thanks again for your help!
Couldn’t ask for better representation. Attorney Girdwood is truly an exceptional lawyer. Will continue to fight for his clients and and best possible outcome. With one phone call he helped fix a situation that was going to cripple me financially. Can’t thank him enough!
Call Girdwood & Williams to discuss your wrongful death case
Hiring an attorney is not the first thing most people want to do when their spouse, parent or child dies, but the sooner this is done, the better. Receiving justice for a loved one and those they left behind is an important part of grieving. It is also an important part of being able to survive financially after a sudden loss of a loved and valuable family member.
Call Girdwood & Williams at 910-343-9920 or fill out the form on our contact page to get started today. We are based in Wilmington and represent clients in wrongful death cases across the entire State of North Carolina.
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