What is Considered a Wrongful Death in South Carolina?
Under South Carolina law, a wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the reckless, negligent, or intentional act of another person or company. Wrongful death lawsuits may arise from different types of incidents, including:
- Car Accidents;
- Nursing Home Negligence;
- Defective Products; or
- Medical Malpractice.
Whether in relation to traffic, consumer products, or other potential dangers, South Carolina imposes laws and regulations to protect its citizens from harm. Unfortunately, many people and businesses disregard our safety laws, resulting in tragedies that could have been prevented.
Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
When a fatal accident occurs, the victim’s survivors may file a civil lawsuit even if there were no criminal charges. Survivors are often left with immeasurable grief, as well as medical bills and funeral expenses. Although there is no amount of money that can undo the loss of a loved one, a family may seek compensation - the civil system's only measure of justice - for the following damages in a wrongful death lawsuit:
- Funeral expenses and burial costs;
- Loss of future wages;
- Medical expenses;
- Grief and mental anguish;
- Loss of companionship and loss of care; and
- Punitive damages (payment made to punish the responsible party for their negligent or reckless conduct).
Proving liability and achieving a fair result under South Carolina law is a difficult process. You need to make sure your case is handled properly. My firm will not only work hard on your behalf, but also show you the compassion and respect grieving families deserve. If you have questions about a wrongful death lawsuit in South Carolina, I would be honored to speak with you. Call me today for a free consultation at 803-790-2800, or you can start a live chat chat to speak with a member of our team at any time.