Auger & Auger is a family firm, and we understand the pain of losing a loved one. You may feel as if you have nowhere to turn and aren’t capable of any recourse when the death is caused by negligence or, perhaps worse, misconduct. Not so. Our Columbia wrongful death attorney is ready to offer you the legal advice and guidance you need. We will walk with you every step of the way as you seek the compensation to which you are legally entitled. You do not have to take this heartbreaking journey alone.
People sometimes talk about whether they would prefer to pass suddenly rather than experience a slower death. It’s a debate had over dinner with a spouse or a conversation held with coworkers at the water cooler. Everyone has their own opinion but there is one thing on which people tend to agree — when it comes to the death of a loved one, we would prefer time to prepare everything and time to say goodbye.
Very few wrongful death cases are the same. There are different scenarios which lead to these lawsuits are filed. The one common element is that someone’s family member has died unexpectedly due to the behavior or negligence of another. A civil suit may be pursued when the death is caused by:
If your loved one died as a result of any wrongdoing or incompetence of another, our Columbia wrongful death attorney is available to advocate on your behalf. A wrongful death case is different from other personal injury actions in that the victim isn’t here to file. In some states, a surviving spouse or child must bring forth a complaint but South Carolina works a bit differently.
When a person is wrongfully killed in Columbia, the law dictates that the administrator or executor of the estate must file the lawsuit. When a favorable settlement or verdict is reached, it is up to that person to distribute the award first to the surviving spouse and children. The award is disbursed to the parents if there are no immediate dependents.
In the case where there is no spouse, children or parent of the deceased, the next rightful heir receives compensation. When a person loses their life and leaves no one behind, there is no wrongful death proceeding.
Making decisions when a loved one suffers a sudden death, at no fault of their own, feels impossible. You and your family are grieving and dealing with an overwhelming mix of emotions. This just adds to the reasons you need an experienced attorney providing guidance with regards to your rights. Compensation may be available to survivors and we will use our many decades of experience to prove that you deserve a fair settlement.
No one at Auger & Auger wants you to feel as though we are adding to your burden. Our zero-fee guarantee is a promise to you that we will dedicate ourselves to your case and not ask for a single payment unless we win. We know that you are having a difficult time taking control of this situation, so let us carry the workload for you.
Call (803) 470-5298 today for your free consultation, with no fees due until recovery!