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Wrongful Death

Wrongful death is defined as the death of an individual brought about by the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct 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. However, at times such a case may need to be pursued or defended, and the Pinto Coates Kyre & Bowers firm can help. We have filed wrongful death claims, and we have represented companies and individuals facing wrongful death suits. We understand that legal action can never replace the loss of a loved one, but if you are involved in a wrongful death case, our experienced 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, or as a result of some other incident. Although financial compensation can never truly compensate for a death, North Carolina law does provide for the opportunity to seek monetary damages from the individual or company who is believed to have been responsible for the death, and such damages are generally paid to certain surviving kin of the decedent. Economic losses can be part of the financial compensation, such as medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, and future earnings. Surviving family members may also be entitled to compensation for the loss of the companionship, comfort, and guidance of the decedent. A wrongful death claim usually must be brought within two years of the death, so prompt action is essential in any case where such a claim may arise.

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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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