In this blog, we’ll explore critical sections of North Carolina law related to wrongful death lawsuits. Keep reading to learn about wrongful death claims: what they are, who can sue, and what damages are recoverable.

What Is Wrongful Death Defined As?

North Carolina Statutes section 28A-18-2 defines wrongful death as “a wrongful act, neglect, or default of another.” When wrongful death occurs, the person who represents the deceased’s estate may file a civil claim seeking damages. North Carolina law also specifies that a wrongful death claim may be brought to court, even if the actions that caused the death meet one or more of North Carolina’s legal definitions of a felony.