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Losing a loved one is never easy. The blow may be softened a bit when you have time to prepare, as is the case with a terminal illness. But what happens when your loved one is taken from you due to the negligence or malicious actions of another? Whether this was caused by a vehicle collision, boat accident, dog attack, work injury or at the hands of a stranger — you are going to be understandably grief-stricken and overwhelmed.
Our Myrtle Beach wrongful death attorney is committed to stepping to represent families who have found themselves in this heartbreaking situation. As a family-owned law firm, we are here to offer guidance and advice to those who need it most. You are legally entitled to compensation for the loss of your loved one and we are here to fight for you all the way.
Most people do not realize what is entailed in deeming an incident a ‘wrongful death.’ There are many circumstances, including a violent vehicle collision, which may lead to the filing of a wrongful death claim in South Carolina.
When a person is asked what they picture when they hear the word ‘accident,’ they often describe a traffic collision. It is certainly true that many vehicle accidents have led to death, but they are not the only cause of unexpected fatalities. The types of incidents that may end up in a wrongful death lawsuit include:
South Carolina Title 15, Death by Wrongful Act provides a statute of limitations of 3 years from the date of death, for the family of a person killed due to negligence, error or malicious act. In addition to filing a wrongful death claim, the legal representative of the decedent’s estate can file a survival claim.
Under SECTION 15-51-20, the following people may benefit from a wrongful death claim:
In some cases, a person is involved in an accident that is not immediately fatal. For example, a person may be hospitalized for their injuries only to pass away days or weeks, or even months later. The hospital stay may result in astronomical medical bills, not to mention pain and suffering.
A survival claim is filed in order to recover these costs. When a survival claim is successful, the proceeds are placed into the estate. This is different from the proceeds from a wrongful death claim, which are directed toward the heirs.
When a wrongful death occurs in Myrtle Beach, the family left behind realizes a substantial loss. Not only is their beloved family member gone, but as hard as it may be to say, their source of income may have just disappeared. We are a family-owned-and-operated law firm, and we only represent the victims of personal injury. We have no problems going up against the big insurance companies and high profile defendants.
Our A&A Zero Fee Guarantee™ means that not only is your initial case evaluation free, but also that you don’t pay a penny until your case is won. We are passionate about families and ready to put our knowledge and experience to work for you. Let us protect your legal rights by calling our Myrtle Beach wrongful death attorney at 866-932-0252 today!