The loss of a loved one is always painful for a family and those left behind, but when someone else caused the death of your loved one, the grief multiplies. In situations like this not only does the family endure the sadness of that terrible loss, but anger, uncertainty, and helplessness creep into their thoughts.
Most family members simply want to know what happened, but as time goes on and explanations aren’t forthcoming, the demand for answers and accountability increases. In South Carolina, one way to get answers, accountability, and justice for your loved one is through a wrongful death claim, and even though no lawsuit can restore the loss, it can help the family reach closure and secure the money they need to get on with their lives
What is a wrongful death case?
A South Carolina wrongful death claim is a civil action brought by the estate of the person that died, and any fatality caused by the wrongful acts of another may result in a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful death claims arise in many situations:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Dangerous roads
- Defective vehicles
- Plane crashes
- Railroad accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Criminal behavior
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
Who can sue for wrongful death?
In South Carolina, a wrongful death lawsuit can only be filed by the administrator or executor of the decedent’s estate, which usually consists of the deceased’s spouse and children. But if there are no spouse or children, the case is brought for the benefit of the individual’s parents or the deceased’s heirs.
What are the damages that the survivors are entitled to in wrongful death cases?
Damages in wrongful death cases strive to compensate the survivors for the financial and emotional losses, both current and future, which include:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Psychological losses
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of household support
- Loss of companionship, love, and guidance
Contact your Simpsonville Wrongful Death Lawyer
Our office is devoted to helping families through this challenging time. To discuss your options and find out more about how we can help, contact our experienced wrongful death attorney at (864) 757-0757 today.