Wrongful Death

If your family member was killed by another’s negligence, reckless actions, or intentional conduct, your loved one’s estate may have a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. With compassionate support and skilled advocacy, Patterson Harkavy LLP helps families secure justice and receive compensation for the economic and profound personal losses.

Our attorneys have served clients throughout North Carolina for three decades. We invite you to a free consultation at our offices in Raleigh, Chapel Hill or Greensboro to discuss your rights and grounds for a wrongful death claim. Call us toll-free at 1 (800) 458-2541.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits in North Carolina

The personal representative of the estate can bring a wrongful death action on behalf of surviving family members (husband or wife, financially dependent child, parent, or sibling). The lawsuit can seek both economic damages (medical and funeral costs, lost future earnings) and non-economic damages (pain and suffering of the deceased, and family members’ loss of comfort, advice, guidance, and companionship).

Time Is of the Essence

We understand that discussing legal action soon after a family member’s death may be distressing. However, early involvement by a qualified attorney can significantly improve the recovery of damages. In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the date of death. As with any personal injury, prompt investigation also helps preserve evidence to prove liability. For these reasons it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to start the process.

We work with experts in diverse fields to prove links between the accidental death and another party’s negligence. We have secured damages in a wide range of situations: deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, medical malpractice, and defective products.

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or other wrongful conduct, you should talk to a lawyer now to protect your legal rights. Contact the proven lawyers of Patterson Harkavy at 1 (800) 458-2541 for a free consultation.