A Compassionate Lawyer To Get Justice
Lowcountry Law is experienced in Wrongful Death cases and can help you pursue justice if a loved one died because of another party’s negligence. South Carolina law provides a way for families to hold the responsible party accountable and recover compensation for economic and intangible losses.
Our team provides free consultations for families throughout Coastal South Carolina, and nearby areas who lost loved ones in preventable accidents. We are here to answer your questions and explain your legal options based on the details of your case.
Family Members Can Recover Damages in a South Carolina Wrongful Death Claim
In all negligence cases, victims generally hold the liable party accountable by recovering monetary damages through an insurance liability claim or lawsuit. Similarly, families who lost close relatives may receive compensation when their loved one’s death was “caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another,” per South Carolina Code § 15-51-10.
The beneficiaries of wrongful death cases are generally members of the deceased’s immediate family. This could include their:
- Spouse and children
- Spouse, if no children
- Children, if no spouse
- Parents, if no spouse or children
- Siblings, if no spouse, children, or parents
However, it is essential to know that South Carolina allows only the deceased’s personal representative to file this type of claim. In general, it is whoever they named as the executor or administrator of the estate. This may be a spouse, adult child, or parent.
Examples of Wrongful Death Damages
The compensation your family could recover includes many types of expenses and losses incurred because of your loved one’s death:
- Any medical bills related to the deceased’s treatment and care
- Funeral and burial costs
- Income lost because of the person’s death
- Loss of benefits, including retirement, savings, and more
- Loss of services usually managed by the deceased
- Loss of support, companionship, and guidance and support
- Other intangible losses experienced by family members
According to the most recently published (2019) South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book, the SC Department of Public Safety details that:
-A fatal car wreck every 9.4 hours, for a total of 1,006 for the year 2019.
-A person was killed in a DUI .08+ collision every 30.8 hours.
-A motorcyclist killed every 3 days.
-A bicyclist killed every 13.5 days.
-A pedestrian killed every 2.2 days.
How Lowcountry Law Helps Families Who Have Lost a Loved One.
Our firm represents families whose loved ones died due to negligence. We know how to prove that negligence occurred and document each client’s related losses. Then, we go after the compensation they need and deserve.
During this time, we handle each step of the claims process. This allows our clients to focus on spending time with their family members, recovering emotionally, and seeking help to manage their grief. We believe in providing compassionate support and services so that our clients have the best chance at recovering financially and getting justice for their lost loved ones.
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Services We Provide in Wrongful Death Cases
When you trust our team with your case, we take on all aspects of the claims process from here on out. This includes actionable steps such as:
- Investigating the accident, your loved one’s injuries, and what happened
- Identifying the liable party or parties
- Collecting evidence to prove negligence and liability
- Gathering proof of your damages to support a fair payout
- Calculating the case’s value
- Negotiating with the insurer for an out-of-court settlement
- Filing a wrongful death action in civil court, if needed
- Representing you at trial
Throughout this process, you can count on Lowcountry Law to protect your right to compensation, ensure you meet all applicable deadlines, and manage all communications about your wrongful death case. Attorney Breen has achieved justice for clients who have lost loved ones.