Any time a loved one dies it can be difficult for the family, but when people die after a long, full life the family has time to at least prepare for the fact that the loved one will not be around. Families are not given this opportunity when loved ones die in fatal accidents though. This can make these deaths particularly difficult. In addition to the sudden loss of love and support, the family may also suddenly lose a primary source of income, which can create financial difficulties in addition to the emotional hardships they experience.
Potential damages in a wrongful death lawsuit
Families finding themselves in this very difficult situation may be able to receive compensation to at least ease the financial difficulties of the loss. This is generally accomplished through a wrongful death lawsuit.
The compensation families receive is to provide them the financial resources they lose. This compensation can include hospital and medical expenses, pain and suffering, funeral costs, the net income the victim would have earned in their lifetime if they had not died, services the loved one would have provided such as fixing things, transportation, comfort, guidance, companionship and other services the family may need to pay for now that they are gone.
Losing a loved one in North Carolina is never easy even though people know it is inevitable. However, losing one suddenly due to the negligence of another person can be very hard. The families will never be able to bring back the loved one, but they may be able to at least replace their financial contributions. Experienced attorneys understand how difficult losing a loved one is and may be able to guide one through the process.