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Wrongful Death

Charlotte Wrongful Death Attorneys

Providing Compassionate Legal Support for Your Family

There are no words to describe losing a loved one. If such a loss has brought you to our site today, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family.Holding hands

Having helped countless individuals over the last 37 years recover from the untimely loss of a loved one, we understand the difficult time you are going through. It’s critical that you receive the care and support you need right now—and it is just as important that you speak with a legal professional about your next steps.

If you think someone was responsible for the death of your loved one, whether by negligence or other misconduct, we want to hear from you. Even if you feel uncertain about pursuing legal action right now, we can help by giving you the advice you need to choose the best course of action for you and your family.

Whether you decide to file a claim or not, the attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates are here to answer your questions and provide sound legal advice, completely free of charge and at no obligation to you.

Reach out to us today by calling (704) 859-2003, and if you are unable to meet with us in our offices, we can travel to you. Let us help lighten the burden on your shoulders.

What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?

While death is always heartbreaking, it can be especially devastating if it was preventable. When a death results from another person’s negligence or other misconduct, there may be grounds for a wrongful death claim. Surviving relatives and loved ones are able to seek compensation under the North Carolina Wrongful Death Act. Wrongful death claims allow survivors of loved ones to hold individuals and/or corporations liable for actions that led to a preventable, unnecessary death.

Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death Claims in North Carolina

If you’re thinking about filing a wrongful death claim, there is a time limit called the Statute of Limitations. In North Carolina, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two (2) years of the date of death. In South Carolina, the time limit is generally three (3) years, but may be as short as two (2) years if the defendant is a governmental entity. Wrongful death claims against the United States, such as a motor vehicle accident involving a federal employee, or malpractice at a VA Hospital or federally funded healthcare clinic, must be brought pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act within two (2) years.

If you are thinking about filing a wrongful death claim, it’s highly recommended that you take legal action as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can help you do this and advise you as to which filing deadlines apply to your case. With an experienced legal team on your side, you’ll have more time to focus on your family and personal healing.

What Compensation Can Be Recovered?

No amount of compensation can replace a human life. The damages that can be recovered for wrongful death in North Carolina are those allowed by the Wrongful Death Act.

Those categories of damages include:

  • Medical Bills: This can include everything from the cost of hospitalization to pharmacy bills and hospice care for the decedent
  • Loss of Society and Companionship: This includes the loss of love, care, comfort, affection, moral support, society, and guidance experienced as a result of the wrongful death
  • Pain and Suffering: This covers pain and suffering the deceased endured before death, whether emotional, mental, or physical and regardless of how prolonged and/or severe
  • Loss of Income: This includes the financial support and net income the deceased would have earned over his or her work like expectancy.
  • Loss of Services: This allows a claimant to recover for the value of the contribution the decedent would have given to the home, if any
  • Punitive Damages: These are sought when a defendant’s actions were malicious, willful, or wanton; they are not meant to make up for the loss of a life, but rather to punish the actions of the negligent or guilty party and warn others of the consequences for similar behavior
  • Funeral and Burial Expenses: This includes funeral/memorial and/or burial expenses that are deemed reasonable

A skilled wrongful death attorney can effectively explain all of these complexities to you and your family. If you’d like to know more about what you and your loved ones may qualify for, speak with the wrongful death attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates today. We can help you make sense of it all.


What Our Clients Say About Us
  • Charles was always available and informative on this process.

    “His assistant, Tracey Seifert, was especially helpful in answering questions, guiding me through the process and having a positive outlook.”

    - Susan Z.
  • Without their help, I would probably have lost everything that I owned.

    “My heartfelt thanks go out to Lauren Newton and Stephanie Allen for their hard work on my behalf.”

    - Rick M.
  • Lauren Newton exceeded all of my expectations and she genuinely cares about her clients.

    “Choosing Charles G. Monnett III and allowing Lauren Newton to take care of me was hands down the best decision I have ever made.”

    - Jade B.
  • The experience I had was exactly what I wanted.

    “I would recommend my own mother to this firm.”

    - Jacob G.
  • I was very satisfied.

    “If anyone asked me to recommend someone to them it would definitely be Charles Monnett & Associates.”

    - Raven B.

Proven Record of Success

  • $2.250 Million Wrongful Death Settlement

    Settlement for the family of an unarmed Charlotte man who was shot 10 times by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer.

  • $975,000 Fatal Truck Accident

    Recovery for the wrongful death of a truck driver killed in a collision on I-40.

  • $750,000 Confidential Settlement

    Confidential settlement for the wrongful death of a 10-year-old autistic child who wandered away from a long-term care facility and drowned.

  • $700,000 Confidential Settlement

    Confidential settlement for the wrongful death of a man as a result of errors during medical treatment.


Wrongful Death Cases We've Handled in North Carolina

A sudden death can come in many forms. At Charles G. Monnett III & Associates, we handle wrongful death cases in North Carolina that involve:

If you don’t see your particular claim listed above, we can likely still help you or refer you to someone who can.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Each state has different laws when it comes to who can file a wrongful death lawsuit. In North Carolina, the legal representative of the decedent’s estate is authorized to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Oftentimes, this will be either the surviving spouse or parent of the decedent but another representative may be appointed in certain circumstances.

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Recovering from the loss of a loved one can be complex and challenging. There is hope, and we are here to help. The caring staff at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates has helped countless other families get their lives back on track after a devastating loss. Let us help you work to get the compensation and closure your family deserves.

Contact us today at (704) 859-2003 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Let your healing begin, one day at a time.

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