Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations in Virginia and North Carolina
By John Cooper, Wrongful Death Lawyer
Losing someone you love is one of the most heart-wrenching, traumatic experiences anyone can go through. Trying to pick up the pieces after such a serious loss, understandably, takes time. However, if your loved one was taken from you in an accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, the law imposes a time limit on when you can bring legal action against the at-fault individual or company.
This time limit is called the “statute of limitations.” In Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC), the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the death. If you do not bring legal action within this time period, the at-fault individual or company will be able to avoid financial liability.
If you lost your loved one in a recent accident, I understand that the thought of filing a wrongful death claim is probably the last thing on your mind. However, it is wise to speak with an attorney as soon as you are able since it gives us more time to properly review and file a wrongful death claim on your behalf. Also, if you speak to an attorney sooner rather than later, it is one less thing you need to worry about. You can then focus on spending time with family and getting through the grieving process.
About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm which focuses on injury and accident law and we have experience handling wrongful death claims. Check out our case results to see for yourself. We have offices based in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) and Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach-Chesapeake-Suffolk Injuryboard, Norfolk-Portsmouth-Hampton Injuryboard, and Greenville-Outer Banks-Rocky Mount Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. If you are thinking about taking legal action against the at-fault person or company who caused the death of your loved one, call our office at 1-800-752-0042 for a free, confidential consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail and we will promptly return your call.