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Pineville Wrongful Death Attorneys

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 Pineville wrongful death attorneys handle the legal aspects of the case on your behalf, leaving you the time to focus on your family’s needs.

Many times, the potential clients we hear from at Sumwalt Anderson are not sure whether they have the right to file a claim related to the death. To help you understand the process, think about this basic explanation. If your loved one had survived the accident and had been eligible to file a personal injury claim because of the circumstances in the case, then the surviving family members typically can seek an award for wrongful death.

If you are still unsure, our Pineville wrongful death attorneys can help you decide if you have a case during a free consultation. Call Sumwalt Anderson today at (704) 377-3770.


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Why Choose Sumwalt Anderson as Your Family’s Law Firm After a Wrongful Death Accident

Trust the 7+ Decades of Experience Our Pineville Wrongful Death Attorneys Have

Complexity often goes hand in hand with trying to file a wrongful death claim. Such cases are challenging because of the emotions involved and because of the serious nature of the accident that led to your loved one’s fatality. When you choose Sumwalt Anderson, you can trust that our Pineville wrongful death attorneys have the skills and experience necessary to work through the complexities to try to help you win the settlement your family deserves.

Attorney Mark Sumwalt

Attorney Mark Sumwalt has more than four decades of experience helping victims of the negligence of others in North Carolina. He specializes in being a detailed trial lawyer, helping our clients present their cases in court. He also has strengths as a negotiator, but when negotiations break down and cases go to trial, Mark appreciates the chance to tell the stories of victims’ families in court.

Attorney Richard Anderson

Attorney Richard Anderson has been practicing law in North Carolina for about three decades. He also is a proven negotiator and trial lawyer with skills that help him tell your family’s story in front of the insurance company’s lawyers, a judge, or a jury. He has extensive knowledge of medical terminology, which helps him talk about your loved one’s fatal injuries accurately.

Our Results

At Sumwalt Anderson, we have a history of winning multimillion-dollar settlements for our clients. We cannot promise that you will win a certain amount in your case (because that would be unethical), but we will be honest with you about your chances to win a settlement. With our decades of collective experience in hand, we will give you an honest answer about how we believe your case will progress.

Our Approach

We strive to work with you when you hire us. We provide advice on how we believe you should move forward in your case, but we do not dictate what should happen. We work with you to look at every option on the table, and then we decide together what we should do. Ultimately, you make the final decision on how we will move forward.

How Our Pineville Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help Your Family

Our Pineville Wrongful Death Attorneys Will Support You Throughout the Case

Wrongful death cases can be extremely hard on the surviving family members, and our Pineville 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 results

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

Through the Explanations of Our Pineville 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 a loved one. Our Pineville 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 Pineville

FAQ About Wrongful Death Claims

When clients come to our Pineville 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 Pineville 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 do I have to pay to hire your wrongful death law firm to represent my family?

Our Pineville wrongful death attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge you anything ahead of time. Instead, our fee comes from a percentage of the final settlement amount in the case. If we don’t win any money for you, then you owe us nothing.

Will I have to testify at a trial if we bring a wrongful death case?

Many times, this type of case settles during negotiations. This means the case does not ever go to court or trial. However, if negotiations fail, we may recommend taking the case to trial to try to win the largest possible settlement for you. We will prepare you for testifying, if necessary, and help you feel comfortable with the process.

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

Will your wrongful death lawyers in Pineville 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 Pineville 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 Pineville wrongful death attorneys know the importance of spending time with our clients, answering their questions, and supporting them emotionally. We do all of this while also 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 Richard Anderson

Richard “Rick” Anderson is a native Charlottean. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1993. Rick focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, medical negligence, and catastrophic personal injury cases. You will find Rick to be an honest and dedicated advocate ready to fight for his clients. When he accepts your case, Rick makes a personal commitment to you and uses his 27 years of knowledge and experience to advance your lawsuit to achieve a successful outcome. [ Attorney Bio ]

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    Our team of Pineville 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 because they believe it will be too painful to have to relive the memory of the fatal accident throughout the claim process.

    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 college for the kids. That is the aim of a wrongful death lawsuit. Money alone 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.