South Carolina Wrongful Death Lawyer
The loss of a loved one is never easy. If your loved one was killed wrongfully, call a compassionate wrongful death lawyer in South Carolina to discuss your case.
When you lose a family member, you should be able to grieve your loss without financial worry. But when a loved one passes away unexpectedly, and at the hands of another, this may seem impossible. Fortunately in South Carolina, certain parties may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you are interested in taking justice into your own hands, contact an experienced South Carolina wrongful lawyer at Monge & Associates. If we are able to take on your case, we will do everything possible to get your family fair restitution.
Below, we describe in further detail what it means to file a South Carolina wrongful death claim and more about some of the wrongful death laws you will need to know in pursuing your claim.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim in South Carolina?
Wrongful death lawsuits are much different from criminal cases. First let’s take a look at criminal cases. If the person responsible for your loved one’s death committed a crime that caused their passing, they may be arrested and face charges in criminal court.
The state’s prosecuting attorney will then file the charges and seek criminal penalties such as fines, probation, imprisonment, and other severe penalties. The prosecutor will need to be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of the accused crimes in order to obtain a conviction.
But wrongful death claims are different. South Carolina law mandates that the administrator or executor of the decedent’s estate files the wrongful death claim. Here, you’ll be seeking compensation from the person or party responsible for your loved one’s death.
Your South Carolina wrongful death attorney will need to prove based on a preponderance of the evidence that the accused party is at fault in order for you to win your civil claim.
South Carolina Wrongful Death Laws You Need to Know
There are a couple of South Carolina wrongful death laws that could have an impact on your claim. The first is the statute of limitations. It is important that your claim be filed within three years of the decedent’s passing. If it is not filed before the statute of limitations expires, you will no longer have the right to seek compensation in civil court.
The damages you can be awarded in a South Carolina wrongful death claim are also very specific. Some of the more commonly sought after losses include:
- Loss of society and support
- Loss of companionship and love
- Loss of experience and judgement
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and benefits
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
Meet with a Wrongful Death Lawyer in South Carolina
South Carolina wrongful death claims can be complex. But having a dedicated South Carolina wrongful death lawyer by your side could make a difference in the outcome of your case.
Schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with Monge & Associates when you call our office at 800-421-0174. Or, fill out the quick contact form included below to get started on your case.