Our Asheville, NC Law Firm Guides Families Through Wrongful Death Claims
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 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, P.C. focuses on preserving your legal rights so you can concentrate on the mourning process. Our founding attorney has dedicated his 29-year career to doing what is in the best interests of his injured 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:
Wrongful death damages you are entitled to receive
Financial compensation will not ease your pain at the loss of your family member, but it can reduce the economic burden, particularly through compensation for:
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 his or her 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 then 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.
Learn how we can help you make a financial recovery after the loss of your loved one
To hold those responsible for your loved one’s death accountable, call Hensley Cloninger, P.C. at 828-348-0092 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. We help families throughout the Southeast region — including in North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia — through pro hac vice admission. We handle all of our wrongful death cases on contingency.