The loss of a loved one, when it comes unexpectedly, can create emotional turmoil and present serious financial issues as well. When the death was entirely preventable yet was caused by the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, the pain and confusion can be even greater. South Carolina law recognizes a right to recover compensation from the party responsible for the wrongful death, but the burden falls on the grieving family members to pursue their claims and prove the negligent party’s liability. The Chad Pye Law Firm helps with this, providing steadfast support throughout the pursuit of Spartanburg wrongful death claims.
South Carolina Wrongful Death Law
South Carolina recognizes a legal action for a wrongful death caused by the negligence or misconduct of another. A wrongful death action is brought by the executor or administrator of the estate, for the benefit of the surviving spouse and children, who share in any compensation recovered. If there is no surviving spouse or child, then any recovery may go to the parents or heirs of the deceased.
The full range of legal damages may be recovered in a wrongful death case in South Carolina. These damages include costs such as:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of income to the family
- The value of lost household services
- The loss of a person’s guidance, support, and companionship
Exemplary (punitive) damages may also be awarded if the defendant’s conduct is found to have been reckless, willful or malicious. Additionally, the executor or administrator may also bring a survival action in conjunction with the wrongful death case to recover compensation for medical expenses that were incurred, or for any conscious pain and suffering the deceased experienced between the accident and the time of death.
Let The Chad Pye Law Firm Assist You in a Spartanburg Wrongful Death Action
It can be very difficult emotionally to bring a lawsuit for wrongful death, and these cases are often difficult to win where there is no testimony available from the victim. The Chad Pye Law Firm would consider it an honor to take on this burden for you, and to fight for justice on behalf of you, your children, and your departed loved one. If you have lost a family member to a Spartanburg car or truck accident, medical malpractice or other case of negligence or misconduct, contact The Chad Pye Law Firm for a no-cost, confidential consultation regarding your claim.