Wrongful Death Attorney – Sumter & Columbia, SC

Experiencing the death of a loved one is a difficult and emotional time. It can also be financially devastating. When a death is caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of another, the surviving family members may be able to bring a claim for damages against the responsible party. In certain complex cases, a wrongful death lawsuit is the only way to get a proper investigation and clear answers concerning the person’s actual cause of death.

Marc Brown is an experienced wrongful death attorney who is dedicated to helping the families of victims fight for their rights so they can get the maximum compensation they deserve. Contact us today to request a free consultation.

Losing a Loved One Is Traumatic

Losing a loved one as a result of a preventable accident or another person’s wrongful acts is a traumatic experience. Those who survive the decedent will likely suffer emotional harm and grief for years. They may also incur numerous financial expenses, ranging from the value of the decedent’s lost wages to funeral and burial expenses and more.

Per South Carolina Code Section 15-51-10, “whenever the death of a person shall be caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another,” a civil action for wrongful death is appropriate. A wrongful death claim allows beneficiaries to recover compensation for damages suffered as a result of the death.

Types of Wrongful Death Cases

A wrongful death claim may be brought when a wrongful act, default, or neglect of one party leads to the death of another. Common types of accidents that lead to wrongful death claims include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • Drowning accidents
  • Dangerous premises accidents
  • Inadequate security
  • Murder and other criminal acts of violence
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective product-related accidents
  • Negligent or reckless acts involving weapons
  • Harassment or infliction of emotional distress leading to a person committing suicide

If you have lost a loved one due to another’s actions, it is important to work with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible. Call our law firm today to determine whether you have a valid wrongful death claim.

Damages Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Claim

In South Carolina, beneficiaries can seek compensation for both economic and noneconomic losses associated with the death of a loved one, including:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • The value of pain, suffering, and emotional distress suffered by survivors
  • The value of loss of care, companionship, and guidance
  • Other economic and non-economic losses

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

The personal representative of a decedent’s estate is the only party who maintains the right to file a wrongful death suit. However, the claim is brought for the benefit of beneficiaries of the decedent’s estate. This can include the decedent’s spouse, children, or parents if no spouse or children exist.

Get Legal Help Today

Losing your family member due to the wrongful actions of another may be one of the hardest things that you ever have to go through in life. While nothing can truly right the wrong that you have suffered, filing a wrongful death claim can provide you with the financial relief you need to start planning for the future.

Marc Brown is an experienced wrongful death attorney who is here to fight for you. Contact us today to request a free consultation.

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