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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 while 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 Matthews 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 Matthews 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.
Understandably, the majority of our clients initially have some uncertainty about pursuing a claim related to the death of a loved one. They may be unsure whether to relive their loved one’s fatal accident through negotiations or during a trial.
Additionally, this is almost certainly the first time you face a situation like this, so you may be unsure how it works. For all these reasons, our Matthews wrongful death attorneys know the importance of speaking with you and trying to take as much stress off your plate as possible during the process.
Through our more than seven decades of practicing law in Charlotte, Attorney Mark Sumwalt and Attorney Richard Anderson understand what clients are going through during a wrongful death claim. We believe our experience sets us apart from law firms that may try to rush their clients in and out the door as quickly as possible. We pledge to take whatever time is necessary to answer your questions and to help you understand how the process works, because we know this level of service is the key to achieving the best possible outcome. We want you to feel like you are part of our team as we make decisions together on how to proceed. In fact, although we provide advice about every step in the process, the final decision on what we do always lies with you.
Through our work over the years, we have had many multi-million-dollar settlement wins for our clients. We even won a settlement worth $2 million in a wrongful death case related to a truck crash. This doesn’t mean we guarantee that we will win an equally large amount in your case, as every case is different. We simply promise to do everything we can to help you win the settlement you should have.
We focus intently on the negotiation process with the insurance company. A wrongful death claim often settles through negotiations, rather than going to trial. We know through our experience just how important it is to prepare as thoroughly as possible for negotiations. Should negotiations fail to lead to a settlement, though, we are ready to represent you at trial.
We are dogged trial lawyers who do not back down from a tough situation. A trial gives us a chance to explain to the court how the loss of your loved one is affecting your family. We are honored to tell your story during a trial.
Wrongful death cases can be extremely hard on the surviving family members, and our Matthews 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.
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 Matthews 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.
As Matthew’s wrongful death lawyers, we work on wrongful death and personal injury cases on a daily basis. We understand that you may have a lot of questions about what to expect as we move through the process. If the case becomes complex, you may have some doubt about what to do next. Trust that we are ready to answer whatever questions you may have. We do not say things that our clients want to hear, just to try to make them hire us. We will be truthful with you from start to finish. If we believe that you have a small chance of winning your claim, we will let you know.
Here are some of the most common questions our Matthews wrongful death attorneys hear from our clients. Our answers hopefully can give you an idea about how we go about our processes.
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 Matthews wrongful death attorneys also can help you decide if you have a case.
Will your wrongful death attorneys in Matthews, 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 Matthews, NC, can help you figure out who should file the lawsuit.
Will your wrongful death lawyers in Matthews 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 Matthews can seek survival action in this situation. This is an award for the pain and suffering your loved one had before passing away.
What kinds of compensation could my family win in the wrongful death case?
Our Matthews wrongful death attorneys can seek an award for any medical and funeral expenses, any pain and suffering your loved one had before passing away, any loss of future earnings for the decedent, and any loss of companionship your family is feeling.
Our Matthews 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.
Our team of Matthews 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.