Wrongful Death Attorney - South Carolina
Wrongful Death FAQ
Most frequent questions and answers
A wrongful death lawsuit is a way for those close to someone who has died to be able to sue someone else due to their negligence or recklessness causing the deceased person’s death. Wrongful Death suits can be filed against individuals or entities. It is a civil suit, as opposed to a criminal case like assault, but in certain cases this civil action can be brought in conjunction with a crime.
Wrongful deaths can occur due to many things. Here are just a few examples:
- Medical malpractice
- Vehicular accident
- Nursing home mistreatment
- Assault or violent attack
- Vehicle defect
These are just a few of the scenarios which could trigger a wrongful death lawsuit. Oftentimes wrongful deaths can be preventable. These deaths are a direct result of someone’s negligent actions. Motor Vehicle deaths can be caused by intoxicated drivers, distracted drivers, or faulty mechanics. Sometimes a workplace’s safety is not up to par and a person can be injured or killed.
The attorneys at the Kent Law Firm can help you get justice and compensation due to a loved one’s avoidable death. If you need to discuss your legal options and rights contact us today by clicking the button below.
South Carolina’s statutes on wrongful death define the law as follows. In the event that a person dies and a wrongful death suit is to be filed then the deceased person’s executor shall file the suit. What does this mean? It means that if a person has a will and estate then they named an executor, an administrator. This person can handle the person’s execution of their estate and file a suit on behalf of the person’s family.
Priority is given to spouses and children of the deceased person. If the person did not have a spouse or children then priority follows to that person’s parents. If the parents are not available then whatever heirs the person has are the prime beneficiaries of a lawsuit settlement.
In South Carolina there are many justifications for filing a wrongful death suit. The damages awarded from a suit can go towards funeral expenses, medical bills, lost income, and other direct economic and financial difficulties. There is also an emotional component to potential damages. This includes grief and suffering.
If you are the heir, parent, spouse, or child of a person who has passed unjustly, you can contact our firm today. We are based in Manning, South Carolina but we serve throughout the state. Schedule your appointment today by clicking the button below.