WECT TV – Channel 6, based in Wilmington, NC reported on June 8, 2013 that a preteen boy died in a Boone, North Carolina hotel room just several months after an elderly coupled died in the same room. The cause of the deaths is believed to be carbon monoxide poisoning. In both cases, it is likely that the Estates and families of the victims will bring Wrongful Death suits against the hotel and any other responsible parties.
Wrongful death cases vary from state to state. In North Carolina, the North Carolina Wrongful Death law (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 28A-18-2) details who can see and what can be recovered. Other laws apply for Virginia.
The personal representative (if there is a will) or the administrator (if there isn’t a will) of the decedent’s Estate stands in the shoes of the victim and can bring the lawsuit against the responsible parties. The personal representative/administrator collects the money. The beneficiaries and the health and funeral bill creditors get the money. For more on how someone becomes the personal representative please see my FAQ post.
The people allowed to claim damages are set forth in the North Carolina Intestate Succession Act (and not the decedent’s will). (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 29).There are a lot of exceptions as to who is considered a beneficiary and how much the beneficiary can get. For example, children born out of wedlock are not beneficiaries
If you know someone who was died through the wrongful death of another, in North Carolina, make sure that you really do contact an attorney. It is easy to do.
When it comes to wrongful death cases in North Carolina, make sure you visit www.JoeMillerInjuryLaw.com or call Wrongful Death Lawyer Joe Miller at 888-694-1671 to get all of the information that you need. We also suggest you visit our pages relating to wrongful death cases for a full list of helpful information.