Death Following an Injury or Intentional Harm
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 3,835 people died due to an unintentional injury in North Carolina alone in 2003 (the most recent year for which such statistics were available). Of course, not all of these fatalities would give rise to a wrongful death claim. In addition, this figure may not take into account instances of fatality where the cause of death was not entirely clear. Wrongful death claims can be very complex. The negligent or wrongful acts of several different persons or organizations may contribute to an individual's death.
Intentional harm may also give rise to a wrongful death claim (examples are deaths following assault, manslaughter, or homicide). Perhaps the most famous example of such a scenario is the wrongful death judgment against O.J. Simpson — the civil trial in which he was found liable for the deaths of his former wife and her friend, although Simpson was acquitted in the criminal trial.
The wrongful death lawyers of the Greenville, North Carolina firm Edwards & Edwards understand the pain experienced by the loved ones of a wrongful death victim, whatever the circumstances of the death. We strive to provide the most effective yet compassionate representation to all our clients.