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After a fatal accident involving your loved one, you will go through various emotions. Trying to plan for a funeral or memorial service at the same time you are trying to figure out how to go on without the guidance and support of your loved one is difficult enough on its own. But if someone else’s negligence led to the fatal accident, you may have another layer of complexity to consider. Let our Gastonia wrongful death attorneys handle the legal aspects of the case on your behalf, leaving you the time to focus on your family’s needs.

If an insurance company representing the person who caused the accident contacts you and tries to offer you an immediate settlement, we would recommend that you wait to make a decision. You deserve the time to grieve the loss of your loved one and to speak with our Gastonia wrongful death lawyers to gain some advice on what steps are available to you. Insurance companies often offer much lower settlement amounts than what you and your family deserve hoping you will settle quickly before you have time to think about all your options. We can help you determine the fairness of an offer.

Contact Sumwalt Anderson today at (704) 377-3770 to discuss your case in a free consultation. You are under no obligation to hire us after this meeting.

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Why Choose Our Gastonia Wrongful Death Attorneys to Represent Your Family

Sumwalt Anderson Has the Experience You Need

Wrongful death cases can be quite complex. Not only do our Gastonia wrongful death attorneys need to prove that someone else’s actions led directly to your loved one’s death, but we also need to help you determine what is an appropriate award amount to seek. The attorneys at our law firm have several decades of collective experience that we will put to use on behalf of your family.

There are several reasons why selecting our team is the best way to move forward with your wrongful death case, including:

  • Experience: Attorney Mark Sumwalt and Attorney Richard Anderson collectively have more than seven decades of experience practicing law in Charlotte.
  • No risk for you: Because we work on a contingency fee basis, you owe us nothing for our representation unless we win an award for you and your family.
  • Results: We have won several multi-million dollar settlements for our clients over the years, including a $2 million settlement after a wrongful death in a truck accident.
  • Importance of negotiations: Because many claims in wrongful death cases settle during negotiations, we take this aspect of your case very seriously and prepare for negotiations accordingly.
  • Going to trial: Should negotiations stall, we may recommend that your case goes to trial. Our team would appreciate the chance to tell your loved one’s story and talk about your loved one’s importance to your family in court.
  • We work with you: We do not dictate to you how your wrongful death case should go. Instead, we work in conjunction with you to determine the best path forward. You always have the final say in what we do.

How Our Gastonia Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help Your Family

Our Gastonia Wrongful Death Attorneys Will Support You throughout the Case

Wrongful death cases can be extremely hard on the surviving family members, and our Gastonia wrongful death attorneys understand this. Consequently, our goal is to make sure we support you and your family as much as possible, always seeking to remove as much of the stress of this situation as we can.

  • Legal support: We take over all the legal aspects of your case, including speaking with the insurance company on your behalf.
  • Emotional support: When you feel like the situation regarding your loved one’s death is simply too much to handle, trust that we are standing by your side and supporting you.
  • Seeking all avenues for claims: We will file a wrongful death claim for you, but we also may seek punitive damages or a survival action, depending on the circumstances in the case.
  • Investigation: When some uncertainties exist in your case about the cause of the death of your loved one, trust that we will fully investigate the facts in the case and will argue that someone else’s negligence caused the fatal accident.

When you would like to discuss – for free – your options for making a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one, call Sumwalt Anderson Law Firm today at (704) 377-3770.

Our Wrongful Death Attorneys in Gastonia, NC, Help You Understand How the Case Works

Through the Explanations of Our Gastonia Wrongful Death Attorneys, We Can Head Off Arguments

Unfortunately, some family members of a deceased loved one want to constantly argue about who would receive any payouts from the wrongful death claim. This creates significant frustration, as no one wants to have disagreements over money at a time when you are trying to heal from the devastating loss of your loved one. Our Gastonia wrongful death attorneys will fully explain who is eligible to file this type of lawsuit and which family members receive the wrongful death settlement money.

North Carolina state statutes § 29-14 and § 29-15 clearly define how money from this type of claim must be distributed. This removes uncertainty and can give your family some peace of mind if long-lost relatives suddenly show up and expect to receive a piece of the settlement money. Additionally, by hiring our team to represent you, we can manage the distribution of the funds for you, ensuring it goes smoothly. Having us on your side means you do not have to deal with dividing the funds after the successful conclusion of the case.

Common Questions That Clients Have for Our Wrongful Death Lawyers in Gastonia

FAQ About Wrongful Death Claims

When clients come to our Gastonia wrongful death lawyers to discuss the case, they often are unsure how to proceed. This can be a highly confusing time for surviving family members, as they struggle to decide what to do next. After you hire us, you can count on our Gastonia wrongful death attorneys to take the time to answer all your questions. Here are some of the most common questions our team receives from clients, along with our answers.

How do I know if my family can file a wrongful death case?

Typically, if another person made a mistake that resulted in a fatal accident, you could file a claim on behalf of your deceased loved one. Our Gastonia wrongful death attorneys also can help you decide if you have a case.

Will your wrongful death attorneys in Gastonia, NC, help my family decide who should file the claim?

Typically, the executor of the decedent’s estate files the lawsuit. If there is no executor named, the court can appoint a surviving family member. Our wrongful death attorneys in Gastonia, NC, can help you figure out who should file the lawsuit.

Will your wrongful death lawyers in Gastonia file a survival action on behalf of my loved one?

Some wrongful death lawsuits involve a situation where the victim survives the accident for several days or weeks before dying. Our wrongful death lawyers in Gastonia can seek a survival action in this situation. This is an award for the pain and suffering your loved one had before passing away.

Our Gastonia wrongful death attorneys know the importance of spending time with our clients, answering their questions, and supporting them emotionally at the same time we are working on the legal aspects of the case. You can count on us to spend the time required to help you understand the exact strategies we are deploying in your loved one’s wrongful death case. We never want you to feel like you do not understand what is happening with the case.

Attorney Mark Sumwalt

Mark Sumwalt is a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina who has practiced law in Charlotte since 1981, primarily in the field of worker’s compensation. He has litigated hundreds of cases to decision all over the state and handled many significant appeals to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court, particularly in the area of attendant care. [ Attorney Bio ]

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    Our team of Gastonia wrongful death attorneys knows just how challenging it can be to think about trying to win a financial award in a wrongful death lawsuit at the same time you are grieving the loss of your beloved family member. We know that some people do not want to think about filing this type of lawsuit, as they believe it will be too painful to have to relive the memory of the fatal accident throughout the claim process.

    However, we also know that your loved one would not want the rest of the family to have a difficult time financially because of the loss of the loved one’s earnings. Your loved one would want your family to continue to have dreams of home ownership or of college for the kids. That is the aim of a wrongful death lawsuit. Money alone certainly can’t truly compensate you for the emotional pain of the fatal accident. But it can allow you to have an easier time financially going forward.

    Call Sumwalt Anderson as soon as possible at (704) 377-3770 to discuss your case for free. You are under no obligation to go forward with a wrongful death case or to hire us after this consultation.