The death of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons is considered “wrongful death.”
The death of a loved one forever alters the lives of his or her family members. But for the family of someone killed because of another’s wrongful conduct, coping with their loved one’s death can be much more confusing and frustrating.
-How does the mother whose child was killed by a drunk, reckless, or careless driver come to terms with the fact that her son lost his life unnecessarily?
– A man is killed by an unsafe, defective, or dangerous product– how can his sister move on while the negligent manufacturer of the killer product or prescription drug continues to make money year after year?
– How can a husband move on with his life after losing his wife due to a careless physician’s failure to diagnose a treatable disease?
A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed by family members or beneficiaries of the person who died unnecessarily. An action for wrongful death may be brought for either an intentional or unintentional act that causes an injury resulting in death.
A child might be entitled to compensation for the loss of a father in addition to the amount of financial support the child would have received from the now-deceased parent. A wife could recover damages for loss of her husband’s loving companionship and a lifetime of expected support.
Because a wrongful death action is entirely removed from criminal charges, neither preceding affects the other. For example, if a defendant is acquitted of vehicular homicide in the death of an innocent pedestrian, he may be sued in civil action by the victim’s family for wrongful death.
South Carolina wrongful death falls under tort law, which is governed by statute.
Wrongful death statutes vary state to state, but they typically define who may sue for wrongful death and what, if any, limitations there may be to an award of damages.
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer
If you or someone you know seeks to file a wrongful death lawsuit, retaining a wrongful death lawyer is critically important.
Your wrongful death attorney should have knowledge of South Carolina’s laws relevant to the issue of wrongful death.
The legal team at Harris & Graves can help you understand wrongful death laws and your rights pertinent to a wrongful death claim.
As experienced South Carolina wrongful death lawyers, we can support you in your time of extreme grief. We will fight to win the compensation you need to begin your life again following the wrongful death of a loved one.