No one should have to lose a loved one to an avoidable accident. When you are grieving a family member, the last thing you want to deal with is a legal case. However, compensation can help your family cope with the unexpected loss.
You may be able to recover awards for funeral expenses, lost wages, and more. A South Carolina wrongful death lawyer from our firm can help.
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A Wrongful Death Case in South Carolina May Yield Compensation
Depending on your specific circumstances, filing an insurance claim or lawsuit may be an appropriate course of action. You may stand to collect damages for:
- Lost wages from the time you took off work to tend to your loved one
- Funeral and burial services
- Loss of inheritance for the income your loved one brought in
- Loss of consortium for the companionship you received from your loved one
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
While you honor their memory, we can handle the legal work. Our wrongful death attorneys serving South Carolina can calculate your damages and fight for fair compensation.
Insurance Companies May Not Offer You a Fair Settlement
If you file a wrongful death claim, an insurer may reach out to you with an initial offer. Keep in mind that this may not fairly compensate you. It takes time to accurately calculate your damages, and an insurer may be hoping you take a lowball settlement.
We can assess any offer to make sure your family is getting what they are entitled to. We can negotiate for a fair settlement and take your case to court if necessary. Sometimes, we file a lawsuit from the start, though some cases settle before they reach a trial.
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Seeking Justice For Families in South Carolina
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we advocate for victims of negligence or misconduct. We work to hold the responsible parties accountable while providing compassionate legal services.
Whether your loved one suffered fatal injuries in a car accident, slip and fall, or workplace accident, we can assist you. This way, you can spend time with your family and grieve your loved one in peace.
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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In South Carolina, only certain family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. A spouse, parent, or child of the deceased can take legal action. If your loved one had a will naming a representative of their estate, the court will usually admit this person to bring a case.
You do not have to go through this process alone. Anyone filing a wrongful death lawsuit has a right to retain legal representation.
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How Negligence Can Lead to Wrongful Death
You may feel so overwhelmed with the unexpected loss that you do not initially question the circumstances that led to it. Later, you may wonder if someone could have prevented the accident that led to your loved one’s fatal injuries. In some cases, the answer is yes.
Negligence may have played a role in your loved one’s accident. To hold another party liable, we can investigate your loved one’s accident and gather evidence of negligence. During settlement negotiations or litigation, we can work to demonstrate these four elements:
Duty of Care
The responsible party must have owed your loved one a basic duty of care to keep them reasonably safe. By owning a property or driving a car, individuals assume this duty of care to guests or other motorists on the road.
Breach of Duty
The responsible party must have breached their duty of care. They had to act in some way that a reasonable person would not have.
For example, a negligent driver may have failed to yield the right of way. A property owner may have failed to address a hazard on their premises. A negligent manufacturer could have produced a defective piece of construction equipment.
In each of these cases, negligence can either cause or contribute to a fatal accident.
You must prove that the breach of duty led to your loved one’s fatal accident. We can consult medical professionals to link a liable party’s negligence to the accident.
You must prove that the loss of your loved one caused you damages. For example, we can cite the funeral expenses, medical bills, and loss of consortium to establish this final element.
We Will Review Your Case For Free
A compassionate team member can listen to your story and discuss your legal options during a free case review. Then, they can explain how our wrongful death attorneys can help. You are under no obligation to hire our law firm after this consultation.
We simply want to see how we can seek justice for your family. During this difficult time, you should be free to mourn your loved one. No grieving person should be expected to handle a wrongful death claim or lawsuit on top of dealing with a loss.
You Can Afford Our Legal Services
Our legal team understands you may be facing hospital bills and other expenses after losing a loved one. We don’t want to create more financial stress for you during this period.
We have a strict no recovery, no fee policy. Unless we win you money, you won’t pay a dime.*
Let Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Serving South Carolina Handle Your Case
We understand your family is in shock, and we want to make the legal process as easy as possible for you. When you work with us, we will treat you like family. You will have direct access to your lawyer, who can provide you with regular updates and answer all your questions.
Reach out to us today to discuss your options during your complimentary case evaluation. We can help you understand what you could gain from filing a claim or lawsuit with us. You deserve compensation to help you cope in your loved one’s absence. Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers now at (888) 612-7001.
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