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Why Contact Tatum & Atkinson, PLLC, The Heavy Hitters In A Wrongful Death Case?

In North Carolina, a wrongful death case refers to a legal claim filed by the family members or representative of a person who died because of someone else's wrongdoing, negligence, or failure to do their duty. A wrongful death lawsuit aims to get compensation for the losses and damages endured by the family or estate of the deceased individual due to their unfortunate and untimely passing. Our Proven Track Record of Success Sets Us Apart Having extensive experience is crucial when dealing with a wrongful death case for several reasons. Our attorneys have expertise in these cases, aside from the…

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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in North Carolina?

Understanding your legal rights after losing a family member in an accident is important. Contacting a lawyer after the death of a loved one may be the furthest thing from your mind while you are dealing with shock and devastation, but it is in your family’s best interest. No amount of money or legal action is going to make up for your loss, but a wrongful death claim can help you and your family recover the compensation that you are legally entitled to receive after your tragic loss. North Carolina law is specific about who may sue for wrongful death…

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What is the Typical Compensation For a Wrongful Death Case?

According to Forbes, compensation for wrongful death depends on many factors including the extent of the loss that occurred. There is no average settlement because each case is so unique. The losses you have suffered are also called economic damages. These damages are determined based on the expenses that occurred because of the death of a family member. These expenses may have already occurred or are coming in the future, such as the following examples: Medical bills of the victim Funeral and burial expenses Lost income from the victim Lost future earning capacity had the victim lived What Is the…

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What Are the First Steps in Pursuing a Wrongful Death Case?

Losing a loved one is one of the most devastating events someone can experience. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 224,935 unintentional deaths in the United States in 2021. If this has happened to you, you are probably wondering how wrongful death lawsuits work and the steps involved in the process. The wrongful death attorneys at Tatum & Atkinson understand your loss and frustration and will walk you through every step of the lawsuit. How Does a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Work? The most important step of a wrongful death lawsuit is finding and hiring an…

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How Long Will My Wrongful Death Lawsuit Take?

According to Forbes, a wrongful death occurs when a person or entity fails to fulfill a legal duty and causes a death to occur. When this happens, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by certain surviving family members or by a personal representative from the estate of the deceased. The length of time a wrongful death lawsuit takes depends on the specific circumstances of the case. They can range from a few months to several years, especially when there are multiple defendants involved.  What Are the Chances of Winning a Wrongful Death Lawsuit? There are many factors about your…

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How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in North Carolina?

Wrongful death claims are complex and challenging to understand because of all their nuances. Strong knowledge of the statutes and laws surrounding these cases, as well as how to investigate, collect evidence, negotiate with aggressive insurance adjusters, and so much more, is necessary in order to achieve a successful outcome from a wrongful death claim. This is why having an experienced wrongful death attorney on your side is so important. In North Carolina, you only have two years from the date of death to file your case. This may seem like a long time, but the amount of detail and…

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How Do I know if I Qualify For a Wrongful Death Case?

Losing a family member is a life-changing tragedy that can leave you devastated and unsure of the future. If your loved one’s death was caused by someone else’s actions or inactions, a wrongful death attorney will be able to help you. What Qualifies as a Wrongful Death Lawsuit? According to Wikipedia, a wrongful death claim is a claim against a person who can be held liable for a death. The legal representative of the victim of a wrongful death is able to pursue a wrongful death claim in North Carolina. No amount of money will ever be enough to make…

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Do You Have to Go to Court For a Wrongful Death Case in North Carolina?

The death of a loved one is the worst nightmare for most people. When the loss is the sudden and unexpected result of someone else’s negligence, the devastation is made worse by the legal and financial burdens that must be dealt with. Every wrongful death case is unique. There are countless factors involved in determining the outcome of these sensitive matters. Consulting with a North Carolina wrongful death attorney is the best way to get a clear picture of the legal process and to understand what will happen in your situation. What Percentage of Wrongful Death Cases Go to Trial?…

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Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit For a Car Accident?

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were 1,653 fatal car crashes in 2021, with 1,783 people killed. Losing a family member in a car accident is one of the most tragic and devastating events that a family can experience. When the accident was caused because of someone else’s negligence, the surviving family may be entitled to receive compensation for the losses they have suffered. A wrongful death claim may be filed when a family member is killed in a car accident. North Carolina has laws governing who can file such a lawsuit as well as the timeframe…

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How is Negligence Proven in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death is a tragic event that no family should have to endure. When this devastating event does occur, the family is eligible to receive compensation for the loss of their loved one through a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the victim’s estate. In order for this civil lawsuit to be successful, the lawyer handling the case must prove that the wrongful actions of others caused the victim’s death. The reason the victim died must be linked to the defendant. This link is formed by proving that the defendant’s negligence caused the victim’s death. According to the…

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