Rock Hill Wrongful Death Lawyer
Filling the place that a lost loved one has held in your life is inconceivable in itself. But trying to process an unforeseen and shocking wrongful death is far beyond the pale. The last thing you should have to endure is financial hardships, accompanied by pain and suffering.
The family-owned-and-operated law firm of Auger & Auger is committed to taking on the burden of pursuing your claim, and our Rock Hill wrongful death attorney is determined to bring the comfort of deserved compensation to your family.
What Constitutes a Wrongful Death?
For a fatality to be classified as wrongful death, it would need to be subsequent to the negligence or misbehavior of another person, business or branch of government.
Circumstances which can result in wrongful death claims might be vehicle collisions (cars, trucks, motorcycles, and golf carts), dog bite attacks, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, job hazards, or death while participating in an activity requiring supervision. Intentional violent acts such as murder or suicide, resulting from maltreatment or harassment are also considered wrongful deaths.
Should Reasonable Doubt Stop Your Case?
When a defendant in a court trial obtains an innocent verdict due to the prosecutor’s inability to establish guilt without a reasonable doubt — it doesn’t have to stop there! Our Rock Hill wrongful death attorney can proceed with a claim in civil court for damages.
A civil verdict requires a lower standard of proof; based on a defendant’s accountability by a preponderance of the evidence, and damages are commonly awarded to an injured victim or their aggrieved survivor.
Damages Awarded in Civil Courts
One of the best examples of a criminal trial won in civil court was that of the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. After a grueling 11-month trial (televised live for 134 days) in Los Angeles County Superior Court, he was found innocent. Shortly thereafter, a civil trial was initiated by both victims’ families, with the jury unanimously finding Simpson guilty, awarding the plaintiffs $3.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
The following key damages are typically pursued when your case is taken into civil court:
Compensatory – damages resulting directly as a consequence of the injury, which includes the following subcategories:
- Pecuniary – (relate to money) these damages have a quantifiable amount; such as medical and funeral expenses, paychecks lost, loss of support or inheritance, repair or replacement of property.
- Non-pecuniary – there is no perceivable value for these damages, which include pain and suffering, emotional or psychological harm, loss of future income or quality of life, disfigurement.
Nominal – stands for existing damages which are difficult to assign a monetary value.
Punitive – these damages intend to punish a defendant over and above actual (compensatory) damages; in order to discourage this kind of behavior from recurring.
Auger & Auger Will Go The Distance!
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to an accident or criminally malicious conduct or a violent act, our Rock Hill wrongful death attorney at Auger & Auger Accident and Injury Lawyers are here to fight for justice — for you and your family.
We don’t want you to worry about paying us a retainer, not when you have so much pressure going on in your life. Our A&A Zero Fee Guarantee™ relieves you of any fee payments until (and unless) we win your case.
Call (803) 992-8878 today for your free consultation, with no fees due until recovery!