Let Sumwalt Anderson Ease the Stress in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Statesville Wrongful Death Attorneys

If your loved one passed away after an accident that was the fault of someone else, you may be unsure how to proceed. You are in the middle of grieving, yet you also feel like the person or entity that caused the fatal accident should be held accountable for what happened. If the case involves criminal actions, police and prosecutors will handle any legal ramifications for the person who caused the accident. However, you also have the option to hold the person accountable through a wrongful death financial claim that occurs outside the criminal system. Our Statesville wrongful death attorneys can meet with you for a free consultation to help you understand the options you have regarding a potential claim.

What you may find is that the insurance company representing the person who caused the fatality will contact you soon after your loved one passes away. This insurer may even offer you a sum of money. You might feel like this is an unusual time for the insurer to contact you, especially while you are still trying to process the loss of your loved one. As Statesville wrongful death lawyers, our team at Sumwalt Anderson would agree with you that this is odd. However, this behavior occurs with a purpose. The insurer is hoping to convince you to agree to a settlement before you have time to think clearly about what you are accepting, thereby receiving less money than you likely deserve. When you hire our team, we will take over corresponding with the insurance company, leaving you with the time you need to grieve and be with your family.


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Why Choose Our Statesville 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 Statesville 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 Statesville Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help Your Family

Our Statesville Wrongful Death Attorneys Will Support You throughout the Case

Wrongful death cases can be extremely hard on the surviving family members, and our Statesville 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. We help you in the following ways:

  • 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.

Throughout our several decades of experience representing family members who lost a loved one in a negligent accident, we know that, sometimes, thinking about seeking a financial settlement seems strange while you are in the midst of your grief. Some clients who speak with us have worries about the lawsuit forcing them to relive the accident and the shock that accompanied it. These are normal concerns to have. However, we feel confident in saying that your loved one would want your family to have financial stability in the future, even without his or her income. By hiring our team to help you try to win a wrongful death award, you can receive money that can help you carry through on dreams that you and your deceased loved one had for your lives in the future.

Winning a financial judgment doesn’t fully compensate you for the loss of your loved one. But it can give your family an easier path financially as you decide how to move forward.

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

Through the Explanations of Our Statesville 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 Statesville 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 Statesville

FAQs About Wrongful Death Claims

When clients come to our Statesville 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 Statesville 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 Statesville wrongful death attorneys can help you decide if you have a case.

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

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

Sometimes, a wrongful death lawsuit involves a situation where the victim survives the accident for several days or weeks before dying. Our wrongful death lawyers in Statesville 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 Statesville wrongful death attorneys know the importance of spending time with our clients, answering their questions, and supporting them emotionally while 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 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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    As Statesville wrongful death attorneys, we understand the stress you are feeling after the death of your loved one. Before the accident, you may have expected your life to go in a certain direction with the support of your loved one. Suddenly, after the fatality, you may almost feel rudderless, unsure how you will proceed without your loved one. As we’ve learned through several decades of representing victims, such feelings are normal.

    That is why we work so hard to represent you and your family during your wrongful death lawsuit. Our Statesville wrongful death attorneys want to give you the time to focus on your future and grieve in whatever way is best for you. We want you to feel comfortable putting your trust in us and letting us deal with the stress of seeking a financial settlement. You will then have more time and ability to focus on other aspects of your life, which is important as you grieve. Let us support you through this time while working to win the financial settlement you and your family truly deserve.

    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 hire us after this consultation.