Wrongful Death

Wrongful death involves the unfortunate occurrence of losing a loved one as a result of the wrongful acts of an individual or an organization. Reckless driving and medical mistakes are examples of situations that can provide the basis for a wrongful death action.

Marshall has handled a multitude of wrongful death cases involving both children and adults, and he knows how to protect your family’s interests while giving you the time you need to grieve. He understands that no amount of financial compensation will take away the pain you feel, but he will fight to make sure your family receives the financial resources you deserve for the tragedy you’ve experienced.

Auto accidents

An automobile accident involving a car, truck, motorcycle, bus or tractor trailer, can happen in an instant and a life can be lost. When that death is wrongfully caused by the negligence of another driver, it is important to have the right legal counsel to take the necessary steps to protect the legacy of your loved one and the family left behind. Our Personal Injury Attorney Marshall B. Pitts, Jr. has handled many devastating wrongful death claims throughout his 30 year career and knows what to do to make sure that your family’s interests are protected, and that you are justly compensated for the tragic wrongful death of your loved one.

Medical Malpractice / Medical Negligence

Despite having one of the best health care systems in the world, medical mistakes do happen, and in some instances these mistakes cost patients their lives, resulting in a wrongful death. Medical mistake cases are complex and require the utilization of medical experts, making such cases expensive to pursue. It is critical to have experienced legal counsel when dealing with a wrongful death caused by a medical mistake. Our Personal Injury Attorney Marshall B. Pitts, Jr. has handled many of these tragic claims during his 30 year legal career, and he will protect the interests of your family and help you get the compensation your family deserves for the wrongful death of your loved one.

Premises Accidents

Often, the owner or a person in possession of a premises may maintain it in such a way that it poses an unsafe or dangerous condition for persons legally on the premises. Some examples of premises are stores, shopping malls, restaurants, office buildings, hotels, and sports arenas. If a person who is lawfully on the premises should suffer a death as a result of unsafe condition, the individual or entity who owns or is in possession of the property may be accountable for a wrongful death. Drowning in a public pool, lethal carbon monoxide poisoning in a hotel or a fatal balcony collapse at a sports stadium are clear examples. If you have a loved one who has passed away due to injuries sustained on an unsafe premises, contact our Personal Injury Attorney, Marshall B. Pitts, Jr. He has handled a multitude of such cases throughout his 30-year career, and he will use his extensive experience to help protect your family’s legal rights and get your family the compensation that it deserves for the wrongful death of your loved one.

Wrongful Death Questions

Q: How long do I have to file a wrongful death claim in North Carolina?

A: Generally, a wrongful death claim must be filed within two years of the death and an estate must be set up on behalf of the deceased person in order to legally pursue the claim.

Q: What types of compensation can be obtained in a wrongful death claim?

A: Compensation can be potentially obtained for funeral expenses, medical expenses, lost income, lost services provided, and lost companionship. In some instances, punitive damages (damages designed to punish the wrongdoer for causing the death) can also be awarded.

Q: Who is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim in North Carolina?

A: A wrongful death claim must be filed by the administrator/administratrix or the executor/executrix of the deceased person’s estate (This person could be a surviving family member or a non-family member appointed by the clerk of court). However, the compensation awarded in a wrongful death claims goes to the benefit of the deceased person’s estate and surviving family members.


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