Florence, South Carolina
Wrongful Death Lawyers
The loss of a loved one can affect the entire family in unimaginable ways, especially when it was sudden and was caused by another person’s negligence.
Surviving family members are not only in mourning but are also bombarded with medical bills and funeral expenses, on top of dealing with the loss of the financial and emotional support that was once provided by their suddenly deceased relative. Because these cases are all too common, South Carolina law enables family members to file a wrongful death claim against the party at fault to help alleviate the financial burden placed on them.
As Florence, SC wrongful death attorneys, we have been quite successful representing victims’ families in zip codes 29501, 29505, 29506, and 29541 just to name a few. Although no amount of money can ever make up for such a grave loss, we want to make sure you don’t have to stress over financial responsibilities that you should not have to bear.
South Carolina’s code of laws, section 15 of Chapter 51 defines wrongful death as the bereavement of a person which was caused by the wrongful act, neglect or default of another. It also states that if death had not been the end result, the act, neglect or default would have allowed the injured party to sustain an action and recover damages. The guilty person shall be liable to an action for damages, notwithstanding the death of the person injured.
You and your family are entitled to compensation for emotional and financial losses, such as:
- Emotional suffering
- Loss of earnings
- Funeral expenses
- Present and future financial losses
- Medical expenses
How to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit allows you to collect monetary damages for your loved one's untimely death. This is a civil court action that determines the amount of damages or compensatory funds surviving family members should receive due to the wrongful death of your relative.
In order to successfully file a lawsuit, family members must establish the following:
- They must prove that their loved one's death was actually caused by the other party's negligence, recklessness or deliberate act. In other words, the unfortunate event was not caused by his or her own action or inaction.
- Family members must also establish that they suffered measurable damages due to their loved one's wrongful death.
- Family members must open a probate estate so they may sue on behalf of their deceased loved one.
Some examples of wrongful death cases include:
- Automobile accident
- Work-related accident
- Medical malpractice
- Unlawful act that occurred during the commission of a crime
Some wrongful death claims may settle quickly, as early as a few months, while other wrongful death lawsuits may take anywhere between one to four years to resolve. Even if the case does not make it to trial, getting your case settled is a long process as we perform a thorough investigation of your case.
Since wrongful death cases are intricate, emotionally and financially draining, our stellar attorneys and legal staff are available to answer all of your questions, investigate your case, and fight to get justice for your loss.
If you or someone you know has lost a loved one as a result of a wrongful death accident, make sure to contact us at Crantford Meehan Attorneys at Law at 843-376-4030. If you are unable to meet with us in any of our office locations, we can come see you at your home or office. Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation of your case so you can grieve and take care of the needs of your family. We also do everything possible to settle your case out of court if possible, but we prepare each wrongful death case for trial. You can depend on us to justly represent your case to the jury to maximize your recovery.
Crantford Meehan two office locations:
568 Savannah Highway, Suite A
Charleston, SC 29407
4001 East Palmetto St
Florence, SC 29506
By Appointment Only