Dealing with the death of a family member or loved one can be a traumatic, life-changing experience, especially when the loss is a result of someone else's negligence. Taking legal action after your loss can make the situation even more overwhelming. For the people of northeastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks that are unfortunate enough to be in this position, the attorneys at Thompson & Pureza are here to help.

Exactly what is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is when a person dies as a direct result of the negligent actions of another person or persons. Intentional or unintentional, if the death is the fault of another, the victim's family members or loved ones may be able to file a wrongful death claim against those responsible. Financial compensation for wrongful death claims can include lost wages, loss of future earnings, medical expenses, mental anxiety and emotional stress.

Types of Wrongful Death Claims

Almost any accident that results in someone's death because of the negligence of someone else can be considered a "wrongful death." Some examples are:

  • Car Wrecks - Every year, hundreds of people die in car accidents on the roads of North Carolina due to drunk driving, distracted driving, or another driver not obeying traffic laws.
  • Motorcycle Injuries - Motorists are more likely to die when struck by another driver while riding a motorcycle than driving a car or truck. 
  • Trucking Accidents - Wrecks involving large trucks can lead to disastrous consequences simply because of their weight and size. 
  • Medical Malpractice - Errors such as misdiagnosis or improper treatment made by doctors, nurses, or any other caregiver in the medical field can lead to the death of a patient.
  • Product Liability  - Defective products, from machinery to electronics, have lead to the death of the operators because of product failure. 
  • Premises Liability - Property owners and businesses who do not take the proper precautions to protect their visitors, customers and tenants can be held liable if an individual dies as a result of accident on their property.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

For legal advice about wrongful death claims in North Carolina, contact the law office of Thompson & Pureza to speak with an attorney. As always, we offer a free consultation to anyone in need. We represent clients throughout northeastern North Carolina, including the Outer Banks.