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At Panchenko Law Firm we work directly with the families of fatal injury victims throughout North & South Carolina. If you have lost a loved one in a recent accident, let us evaluate your case for free to determine if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim with a Charlotte Wrongful Death Lawyers.
There are many different types of accidents that can result in wrongful death, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, boating accidents, and more. Additionally, medical practitioners who perform negligently or recklessly can cause wrongful death to their patients in the form of medical malpractice. If your loved one was neglected or abused in a nursing home abuse case, or if they suffered fatal injuries in a drowning accident, our team is here to help.

As aggressive Charlotte Wrongful Death Lawyers, we are fully committed to helping out a family in need. We are willing to take your case to trial if we are unable to settle outside of court, as we know that the compensation you deserve will cover the costs of your family member's hospital bills at the time of the accident and any funeral expenses up to a certain amount. We can also help you hold the negligent party accountable for the loss of earnings and income, loss of companionship, and any pain and suffering that your loved one might have experienced. Please don't wait to speak with an accident lawyer from our firm today. The sooner you involve us in the process, the more quickly you can recover the compensation you deserve.


Lawsuits that involve claims of wrongful death are highly sensitive, as you might imagine. Accordingly, these types of cases are handled very delicately by the courts, and require that a number of predetermined elements be present before a claim of this nature is brought into the legal arena. The elements of a wrongful death lawsuit are as follows:

  • The death of another person
  • Proof that another person's death resulted from a third party's own negligence or even a third party's intentional attempts at harm
  • The presence of surviving family members who are now suffering monetarily from the loss of a loved one
  • The presence of a personal representative who has been appointed to be in charge of the decedent's estate


The primary way in which cases of wrongful death are measured is by pecuniary injury, aka financial injury. According to the courts, pecuniary injuries are those in which damages are awarded to cover the costs of medical and funeral expenses, loss of support, loss of prospects, loss of inheritance, and other services. Given this categorization of pecuniary damages, claimants whose lawsuits are successfully settled can recover financial compensation for the money that was fronted to cover the costs of a decedent's funeral and / or medical care. They can also collect interest on the damages that are awarded, which will begin from the time of the decedent's death.

In order to ensure that pecuniary loss is measured correctly at this emotional time, you need an experienced lawyer working on your case. Certain relevant factors need to be considered when determining pecuniary loss, and these include the decedent's age, life expectancy, character, and earning capacity. Similar circumstances as they relate to the surviving family members also need to be considered. When determining pecuniary damages in a wrongful death case, the primary focus of the court will often be made in consideration of the decedent's particular circumstances at the time of his or her death.

In many cases of wrongful death that are brought before the court, the plaintiffs (under the representation of a Matthews Wrongful Death Lawyer) will have the option of presenting expert testimony to back up the claims that they have made. The individuals who are called upon to provide expert testimony are usually economists whose statements are meant to reflect the value of the decedent to his or her family, thus supporting the family's need for pecuniary loss damages. Cases that involve wrongful death through malicious intent can also be compensated through punitive damages; however whether or not this can be used in your case will need to be determined by an attorney, because some states do not allow for the recognition of punitive damages.



While we understand that no amount of money can ever reverse the damage that has been done, it can help you begin to rebuild your life and prevent you from sinking into debt due to this accident. Even if your loved one has been the victim of criminal negligence or a firearm accident, we are ready to help you today. For a free consultation of your case, don't hesitate to contact an injury lawyer from the firm.