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.
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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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