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Wrongful Death

Wrongful death is defined as the death of an individual brought about by the unjust or negligent actions of another party. A wrongful death lawsuit is a case that no one ever wishes to become involved in, whether you are the person bringing the legal action or the party against whom the lawsuit is filed.

The North Carolina law firm of Pinto Coates Kyre & Bowers, PLLC has filed claims on behalf of survivors of the deceased. We have also represented companies and individuals facing wrongful death suits. We understand that legal action can never replace the loss of a loved one, nor can it reverse the damage done by negligence. However, if you are involved in a wrongful death case, our experienced team of attorneys can handle your case with skill and sensitivity.

Wrongful death is a type of personal injury claim, and as such, it may be caused by a car accident or a consumer product. The party that caused the death may have acted negligently or intentionally. In either situation, a North Carolina wrongful death claim may result in financial compensation being paid to survivors of the decedent. Economic losses are considered when the court assesses damages. Those may include medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, future earnings or retirement benefits. Surviving family members may also be entitled to compensation for the loss of the companionship, comfort, and guidance of the decedent. In certain cases, punitive damages may be awarded.

Claims may be filed on behalf of specific family relations only, and often must be brought within two years of the death, so prompt action is essential in any case where a wrongful death may be an issue. Our firm understands the time-sensitive nature of these claims, and we work quickly to review all evidence and consider the relevant state and federal regulations that may apply.

Attorneys at Pinto Coates Kyre & Bowers, PLLC have handled claims in state and federal court, as well as mediations and arbitrations. Having represented clients on both sides of the courtroom, we know that justice is best served by a thorough and accurate examination of each case, whether our clients are facing a wrongful death lawsuit or are filing a claim on behalf of a family member.

If you have been named in a wrongful death lawsuit, or if you have lost a loved one due to negligence and you want to learn more about your legal options, the attorneys at Pinto Coates Kyre & Bowers, PLLC are ready to help. Please contact us in our Greensboro offices at 336.282.8848 to schedule an appointment.

Legal Decisions of Interest

  • A recent opinion out of the Texas Supreme Court has recently been the subject of a lot of commentary around the insurance coverage and construction world. The case is Ewing Construction Co. v. Amerisure Insurance Co., and it came before the Texas Supreme Court on certification of questions from the Fifth Circuit (Ewing Constr. Co. […]In cases involving construction defect claims (and potentially other types of claims), the insurance policy that is implicated is a very important issue.  The issue of whose policy and/or which policy is “on the risk” for a particular claim is most often referred to as “trigger of coverage”.  Some states’ laws allow all policies in […]
  • In connection with a discovery dispute between the parties, the Court of Appeals held that a blanket general objection asserted by the defendants based on “the attorney/client privilege, the work product doctrine, or any other applicable privilege or doctrine” was inadequate to effect the intended purpose of the objection. The Court noted that even though […]In a lawsuit involving a mobile home park tenant assaulted by another tenant, the Court of Appeals stated that although North Carolina law has recognized a landowner’s duty to exercise reasonable care to protect tenants from foreseeable third-party criminal acts, such a duty did not include a duty to evict a tenant, and although other […]
  • In a medical malpractice lawsuit brought by the parents of a deceased child alleging that defendant doctors were negligent in failing to discover lacerations to the child’s liver at the hospital following a car accident, the Court of Appeals agreed that the parents’ expert witness’ testimony was not improperly speculative, even though the expert used […]The North Carolina Supreme Court “adopted” the reasoning of the dissenting Court of Appeals judge and hence held that the age of a lawful visitor injured on property naturally occurring (a creek), in and of itself, did not impose a higher standard of care on the property owner, because such a heightened level of care […]
  • In a product liability action involving a self-propelled wheelchair that caught fire, resulting in the house to catch on fire and burning Plaintiff’s decedent, the Court of Appeals held that the defense of “insulating negligence” (by which a defendant is insulated from liability by an independent act of another) does not apply where it is […]The Court of Appeals, asserting that it was following established law, declined to allow damages for the loss of a pet dog based upon a strong emotional bond the owners had with the dog, and instead damages were generally limited to the cost of “replacing” the dog, since the Court viewed the dog as merely […]
  • Although Plaintiff filed the Complaint without it being signed and ordinarily that would result in the action being deemed not to have been properly instituted, Plaintiff’s prompt remedial measures of filing an amended, signed Complaint corrected the deficiency, and the amended Complaint related back to the commencement of the action for purposes of timeliness. Estate […]

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