Charleston Wrongful Death Lawyers
What is Considered a Wrongful Death in South Carolina?
When families lose a spouse, a parent, or a child in an accident caused by another’s negligent or reckless conduct, the burdens of a lawsuit for wrongful death damages can seem to be more than you can take on during a time of grief and transition. At the Warner Law Offices, PLLC, our lawyers are committed to doing everything possible to support your family while we develop and present the strongest possible case for compensation against the defendants responsible for your loved one’s death.
Contact us for more information about our approach to client service in fatal accident cases.
We can help you with every legal aspect of the accidental death of a family member, including the appointment of a personal representative to handle the administration of the estate. We are also highly sensitive to the human dimensions of a wrongful death case and understand that the pressures of litigation will sometimes seem like the last thing you want to deal with. Our attorneys can help find the balance that is most comfortable for your family between keeping you involved in the case and respecting your need for time to adjust to your loss.
No matter how that balance may be resolved in your particular case, we will work to resolve your claims for compensation on the best terms possible under the facts and the law.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases
Our lawyers represent families in wrongful death cases resulting from such accidents as:
- Car accidents
- Truck collisions
- Coal mining disasters
- Logging accidents
- Construction site injuries
- Industrial accidents
- Dangerous products
- Unsafe property conditions
There is never an expense to our clients in the litigation of fatal accident claims. We only collect our attorney fees if we are successful in recovering compensation for you through settlement or trial, and we carry all expenses of the lawsuit at our own risk up to that point.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In South Carolina, only the administrators of the deceased victim’s estate can file a wrongful death claim. If there is no executor or administrator the estate plan than the court will appoint one for them.
What is the Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death Claims in South Carolina?
In the state of South Carolina, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is three years from the date of the incident. Preparing a proper wrongful death takes time and three years can go by faster than you think, that is why it is important to contact us right away to get to started on your case
Compensation for Wrongful Death Lawsuits
There are many different types of compensation that you can seek when filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Some of the most common damages include:
- Medical expenses before the death
- Burial expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of companionship
- Mental anguish
There can also be punitive damages when the negligent party acted maliciously. These are meant to further punish the negligent party and discourage them from having this occur again.