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Mooresville Wrongful Death Attorneys

When leaving the house for the day for work or for a quick getaway with the family, the last thing you expect is to become an injury victim in an accident that another person causes through a negligent act. If one of your loved ones suffered a fatality in that same accident, it can feel like your world is collapsing. No one is ever prepared to hear news like that. Our Mooresville wrongful death attorneys know the overwhelming emotions you suddenly are feeling.

At this point, when you may be trying to recover from your own injuries while grieving the loss of a loved one, thinking about filing a lawsuit over the death may be the last thing on your mind. Yet, you may begin receiving calls from the insurer whose client caused the fatal accident. The insurer may try to convince you to agree to a settlement as quickly as possible. Insurance companies do this with a purpose, pretending to show sympathy for you, while hoping you will agree to a smaller settlement than you should have before you have time to focus more intently on what you agree to in the settlement.

You should not have to make these kinds of decisions or deal with this on your own so soon after losing your loved one. Sumwalt Anderson wants to help. If you choose to hire our Mooresville wrongful death attorneys, we can take over all negotiations with the insurance company for you. Let us focus on the legal aspects of the case. You focus on healing and on your family. Decide during a no-obligation, free consultation whether you want to hire us.

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Why Choose Our Mooresville 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 Mooresville 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 with you to determine the best path forward. You always have the final say in what we do.

How Our Mooresville Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help Your Family

Our Mooresville Wrongful Death Attorneys Will Support You throughout The Case

Wrongful death cases can be extremely hard on the surviving family members, and our Mooresville 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.

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

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

The last thing you want to go through when you are grieving the loss of your loved one is having other family members come to you and ask for some of the settlement money you receive. This can feel disrespectful, and it can lead to heated family arguments. To help with this type of situation, the state uses laws, such as North Carolina Statute § 29-14 to specify which family members are eligible to receive proceeds from a wrongful death lawsuit.

We know that not every family’s makeup fits neatly into the situations the state statutes describe, though. That’s why our Mooresville wrongful death attorneys can help you decipher the statutes and figure out who is eligible to receive any money related to the wrongful death settlement. Having a neutral party like our team explain the situation to all the family members can help to head off arguments and can be comforting to you and your family. We make sure everyone understands the entire process of filing a claim and is confident in how we are handling the case as we move through the various steps.

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

FAQs about Wrongful Death Claims

When clients come to our Mooresville 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 Mooresville 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.

What exactly is a wrongful death case?

North Carolina statute § 28A-18-2 defines a wrongful death as an accident that results in a fatality. You also must be able to show that negligent acts by another person or entity led to the accident and the fatality.

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

If your loved one had survived and had been eligible to bring a personal injury claim against the negligent party, then you, as the surviving family members, almost certainly can bring a wrongful death claim. Our Mooresville wrongful death attorneys can also help you decide if you have a case.

How do you calculate future damages in a wrongful death claim?

Most of the time, we will use a life expectancy table and then estimate the wages your deceased loved one could have earned in that time. We also may ask for compensation for any retirement benefits or medical benefits related to the job. The insurance company may use a different calculation method, so we likely will have to negotiate an amount for future damages.

Will your wrongful death attorneys in Mooresville, 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 Mooresville, NC, can help you figure out who should file the lawsuit.

Will your wrongful death lawyers in Mooresville 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 Mooresville 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 Mooresville 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 Mooresville 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 consider filing this type of lawsuit, as they believe it will be too painful 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 having dreams of home ownership or college for the kids. That is the aim of a wrongful death lawsuit. Money alone certainly cannot 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 not obligated to go forward with a wrongful death case or to hire us after this consultation.