Charlotte, NC (January 19, 2024) – The Statesville Fire Department confirmed that 68-year-old William De Giovanni Shalima Watkins lost his life as a result of a fatal fire that took place on Tuesday in Statesville. Authorities were notified of the crash at around five p.m. on January 16.
According to official reports, a home located on Old Mountain Road in the area near Old Charlotte Road was on fire during the evening hours. A man inside of the home was severely injured as a result of the fire. Firefighters spent 20 minutes battling the blaze before declaring the incident under control. Inside, authorities located a man with severe injuries. The victim, identified as William De Giovanti Shalima Watkins, was pronounced deceased from his injuries. At this time, the fire is under investigation.
Our condolences go out to the family of William De Giovanti Shalima Watkins.
Fatal Fire Incidents in North Carolina
Dealing with the unexpected loss of a loved one can be incredibly challenging. Unfortunately, fatal fire incidents are the cause of countless deaths across our state each year. After experiencing the loss of a loved one, your family has the opportunity to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. This type of legal action can help you recover financial compensation for many of the damages you face. Some of the damages you can request compensation for include:
- Funeral and burial costs: It is important that your family has the financial resources needed to cover the cost of funeral arrangements for your loved one. A wrongful death claim can help you obtain money for funeral and burial expenses to ease some of the stress you face.
- Lost wages: After losing a loved one, your family may experience a significant loss in financial resources. If your loved one was the breadwinner for the family, you can request compensation to alleviate the impact that your family faces from lost wages.
- Medical expenses: If your loved one incurred any medical expenses prior to their passing, you have the opportunity to seek compensation to alleviate the costs that you face for any related medical expenses from the time of the accident to the time that your loved one passed away.
To ensure you have the best chance of getting justice, it is imperative that you seek legal representation from a wrongful death lawyer right away. Your attorney will be able to build a case on your behalf and fight for the maximum possible compensation.
Losing a loved one is a traumatic and difficult experience, especially when it could have been prevented. At Ted Greve & Associates, we understand the pain and suffering that comes with such a loss, which is why our team is dedicated to providing compassionate legal support for those seeking justice. We are available 24/7 to listen to your needs and guide you through every step of your case. While no amount of compensation can make up for your loss, our experienced attorneys will fight tirelessly to secure the financial resources you need for unexpected expenses. Contact our dedicated legal team by calling (800) 693-7833 today for a free consultation, and let us help you seek the justice your loved one deserves.