Ashville Wrongful Death Lawyers
Helping Survivors Recover Financially During a Difficult Time
The legal term “wrongful death” refers to fatalities that occur as a result of another party’s negligent, reckless, or harmful actions. What wrongful death means to you, personally, is the loss of someone you love far too soon. Your loved one’s death may also create a financial burden that compounds the grief you experience.
Hensley Cloninger & Greer focuses on preserving your legal rights so you can concentrate on the mourning process. Our attorneys have dedicated their tenured careers to doing what is in the best interests of our clients. Our legal team knows this is a difficult time for you, and we take steps to minimize the strain on your family.
Negligence of Others Can Lead to Tragedy
The causes of fatal accidents range from everyday events to special circumstances and can include:
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Work-site injuries
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Premises liability
- Falling objects
When life changes in a moment, family members or loved ones may be left struggling to pick up the pieces. Knowing where to turn after tragedy strikes can make all the difference.
Wrongful Death Damages You Are Entitled to Receive
Financial compensation will not ease your pain from the loss of your family member, but it can reduce the economic burden, particularly through compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of anticipated earnings
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
Monetary challenges can make it even more difficult to move on after an accident. We are willing to fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Who Can File for Wrongful Death Benefits?
Wrongful death benefit collection is limited to immediate family members left behind by the tragedy. The person in charge of the decedent’s estate — the executor — must file legal documents to finalize their legal authority over the estate and the right to file a wrongful death action on behalf of the estate. Our attorneys can help you with this initial paperwork and assist you with filing a wrongful death claim in civil court. If the only remaining living relatives of the decedent are under 18 years of age, a court-appointed guardian may file a lawsuit on behalf of the minors.
North Carolina law enforces a two-year statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim, so it is critical to act quickly. In addition to meeting the strict deadline, when you consult our attorney as soon as possible, it allows us to investigate your claim, collect physical evidence, interview eyewitnesses, and prepare expert testimony — actions orchestrated to build a solid case for you to recover the benefits you need.