North Dakota Fatal Car Accident Attorneys
We concentrate on the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on recovery
In 2014, 135 people lost their lives in fatal car accidents in North Dakota. Alarmingly, 43.8 percent of these accidents involved alcohol. When a driver’s negligent actions lead to the death of a pedestrian, driver or occupant of a vehicle, the victim’s family can choose to pursue a wrongful death claim. This type of claim is a special type of personal injury case that can only be brought by certain individuals who are connected to the victim.
For more than 30 years, the North Dakota accident attorneys at the Larson Law Firm, P.C. have compassionately assisted individuals who struggle with the dual tasks of grieving for a loved one, and pursuing justice for their death. Unfortunately, North Dakota only provides a two year statute of limitations for a wrongful death case, giving the family very little time to focus on their grief without having to worry about the legal aspect of the claim. Our trained accident attorneys and legal staff handle this aspect of the claim so you can focus on your grief and on helping your family come to terms with such a tremendous loss.
Who can bring forth a wrongful death lawsuit?
In North Dakota, only certain individuals may bring forth a wrongful death case, including:
- The surviving spouse
- The surviving children
- The surviving parent
- The surviving grandparent
- The personal representative of the decedent’s estate; and
- The person who had primary physical custody of the decedent before the wrongful death occurred
This list is in order of priority. For example, if the decedent had a surviving spouse and child, the spouse would have the superior right to file the claim. However, if one of the individuals listed lower in priority order demands that the person with the superior right file the claim, the person making the demand can file the claim if the other has neglected to do so for at least 30 days from the date of the demand. Since the decedent can no longer protect his or her own legal interests, the person who files the claim can protect the estate.
What damages are available?
Potential damages for wrongful death cases in North Dakota include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Loss of earnings, income and support
- Loss of society, companionship or consortium,
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Pain and suffering
The damages that are available for a wrongful death lawsuit vary with each case and depend on the specific circumstances involved. Our knowledgeable wrongful death attorneys assess each case individually and make predictions regarding the possible value of the claim.
Contact our leading North Dakota accident lawyers for more information
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another, we pursue compensation on your behalf. Trust the experienced accident lawyers at the Larson Law Firm P.C., to do everything possible to successfully resolve your legal claim. We fight for your right to compensation by aggressively pursuing the guilty parties responsible for your injuries. Contact us online or give us a call at 701-484-HURT for more information.