North Augusta Wrongful Death Lawyers

If you have lost someone you love in a preventable accident, it can be truly devastating. You are probably here because you are looking into bringing a wrongful death case. Our North Augusta wrongful death lawyers can guide you through this complicated legal situation.

Our goal is to get your family the right compensation to help you in this difficult time. It can be a huge financial burden to suddenly lose someone who provided for you, and we want to make sure that you are not struggling in this way after you have lost someone. Please call our office today to get a free initial consultation.

Basics About South Carolina Wrongful Death Claims

When you lose someone who you love due to a preventable accident, you can bring a wrongful death case. It is likely that this accident was caused by the negligence of a liable party or entity. Our North Augusta wrongful death lawyers are skilled in finding out who is liable and who you can bring your claim against. Essentially, a wrongful death claim is telling the liable party that they are legally responsible for giving you compensation as a result of the event they are responsible for. You can be compensated for the pain and suffering that your loved one endured before their passing, as well as the wrongful death damages that your family is suffering such as lost wages and earning capacity. In some cases of gross negligence or intent to harm, there can be punitive damages involved in the compensation, too. All of these factors come together in a formula to determine how much the liable party owes.

How a North Augusta Wrongful Death Claim Works

If you have thought about filing a wrongful death claim, you are most likely feeling uncertain about the way the case will work since odds are you have never had to go through this before. In order to have a case, there are several things that must have happened for the situation to leave you eligible for compensation. You have to be able to identify a liable party who is directed responsible for the loss of your loved one and who was the reason the accident happened. Someone can be liable if they did two things: they could either have failed to protect your loved one or they could have acted in a harmful manner.

Our North Augusta wrongful death lawyers have to be able to prove that this individual or entity was directly responsible for the passing of your loved one. They have the burden of proof. Once more details of the case unfold, it will be clearer who is responsible for the accident and how it can be proved that it was their fault. This proof will be used to get you the compensation your family deserves.

North Augusta Wrongful Death Compensation and Damages

The way you can recover damages may seem complicated and you will likely need assistance sorting it all out. You can receive compensation for several things, including medical expenses, funeral costs, and punitive damages in certain cases. Punitive damages are reserved for those who have lost someone they love because there was intent to harm or there was a criminal event that resulted in their passing. Our North Augusta wrongful death lawyers will make sure that the liable party is held fully accountable.

The wrongful death damages that you can receive compensation for include:

  • The pain and suffering of your lost loved one
  • The lost wages and future earning capacity your loved one would’ve provided
  • The relationship you lost due to the passing on your loved one
  • The loss of your loved one’s work-related benefits including pension, 401k, etc.

South Carolina law says that you can recover these losses but it is mandated that only a specific person can bring the claim. According to the statute, the plaintiff can only be:

  • The spouse of the victim
  • The minor children of the victim if they don’t have a spouse
  • The parent of the victim if they don’t have a child
  • The executor for the victim if they don’t have a living parent

South Carolina law states that if your spouse died in a wrongful death and did not have a will, you must allocate your wrongful death compensation to the child of the victim. This compensation will be protected in a trust until they reach adulthood when they can have access to this compensation.

Call Our North Augusta Wrongful Death Lawyers Today

If you have been looking for skilled and dependable North Augusta wrongful death lawyers to guide you through your case, please do not hesitate to call our office today to set up your free initial consultation.

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