A Greenville wrongful death lawyer from Hammack Law Firm can help you pursue justice if a loved one died because of another party’s negligence. South Carolina law provides a way for families to hold the responsible party accountable and recover compensation for economic and intangible losses.
Our team provides free consultations for families in Greenville, S.C., and nearby areas who lost loved ones in preventable accidents. We are here to answer your questions and explain your legal options based on the details of your case.
Family Members Can Recover Damages in a South Carolina Wrongful Death Claim
In all negligence cases, victims generally hold the liable party accountable by recovering monetary damages through an insurance liability claim or personal injury lawsuit. Similarly, families who lost close relatives may receive compensation when their loved one’s death was “caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another,” per South Carolina Code § 15-51-10.
The beneficiaries of wrongful death cases are generally members of the deceased’s immediate family. This could include their:
- Spouse and children
- Spouse, if no children
- Children, if no spouse
- Parents, if no spouse or children
- Siblings, if no spouse, children, or parents
However, it is essential to know that South Carolina allows only the deceased’s personal representative to file this type of claim. In general, it is whoever they named as the executor or administrator of the estate. This may be a spouse, adult child, or parent.
Examples of Wrongful Death Damages
The compensation your family could recover includes many types of expenses and losses incurred because of your loved one’s death:
- Any medical bills related to the deceased’s treatment and care
- Funeral and burial costs
- Income lost because of the person’s death
- Loss of benefits, including retirement, savings, and more
- Loss of services usually managed by the deceased
- Loss of support, companionship, and guidance
- Other intangible losses experienced by family members
Recovering this compensation requires calculating economic losses and assigning value to non-economic losses. With the help of a wrongful death lawyer from our firm, you can seek all the damages your case warrants to help your family move forward.
For a free legal consultation with a wrongful death lawyer serving Greenville, call 864-326-3333
How Hammack Law Firm helps Families Who Lost a Loved One in Greenville
Our firm represents families whose loved ones died due to negligence in Greenville or elsewhere in South Carolina. We know how to prove that negligence occurred and document each client’s related losses. Then, we go after the compensation they need and deserve.
During this time, we handle each step of the claims process. Providing comprehensive representation allows our clients to focus on spending time with their family members, recovering emotionally, and seeking help to manage their grief.
We start by giving you the space to discuss what happened to your loved one in a free consultation. In addition, our wrongful death attorneys follow our Client’s Bill of Rights, prioritizing accessibility, confidentiality, and empathy in each case we handle. We believe in providing compassionate support and services so that our clients have the best chance at recovering financially and getting justice for their lost loved ones.
We Have a Track Record of Success Throughout South Carolina
Our recent case results include negotiating a $525,000 settlement in the wrongful death case of an elderly pedestrian who passed away after being hit by a careless driver while crossing a restaurant parking lot.
Our firm’s reviews also show our dedication to each client’s well-being and our pledge to seek fair compensation in every case we handle. You can read a few below for a glimpse into our client-attorney relationships:
- “Simply the best.” – Christina Giles
- “Lynn Dunn always made me feel like my problems were her problems and cared about every aspect of things going on in my life. You don’t get that treatment anywhere today. I could go on and on but you need to find out for yourself. You will not be sorry you went to see them. I have not been once.” – Jean Smith
- “Everyone at Paul Hammack Law Firm was a dream to work with! Lynn and Dawn were always very responsive and knowledgeable!” – Amanda Litton
You can expect a similar experience when you allow us to handle your family’s case.
Services We Provide in Wrongful Death Cases
When you trust our team with your case, we take on all aspects of the claims process from here on out. This includes actionable steps such as:
- Investigating the accident, your loved one’s injuries, and what happened
- Explaining your legal options and what to expect moving forward, including who qualifies to file your family’s wrongful death claim
- Identifying the liable party or parties
- Collecting evidence to prove negligence and liability
- Gathering proof of your damages to support a fair payout
- Building a case to prove the accident’s cause and who is responsible
- Calculating the case’s value and the amount of wrongful death damages to pursue
- Negotiating with the insurer for an out-of-court settlement
- Providing legal guidance as you make critical decisions in the case, including whether to accept a settlement offer
- Filing a wrongful death action in civil court, if needed
- Representing you at trial
Throughout this process, you can count on our team to protect your right to compensation, ensure you meet all applicable deadlines, and manage all communications about your wrongful death case.
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Understanding How Wrongful Death Cases Work in South Carolina
Our team will fight to prove the at-fault party was responsible for your loved one’s death and recover compensation for your family. This requires establishing the four elements of negligence:
- The other party had a duty to act a certain way to keep your loved one safe.
- They failed to uphold their duty, endangering your loved one.
- Their actions caused an accident.
- Your loved one sustained physical injuries in the incident, which led to their death.
The details will vary based on the incident that occurred. Overall, establishing these elements allows us to prove another party’s legal responsibility for the accident, your family’s right to financial recovery, and the amount of recoverable damages in the case.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases Our Lawyers Handle
We handle a variety of fatal accident cases in South Carolina, including those involving:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and falls
- Motorcycle injuries
- Boat injuries
- Bicycle accidents
- Brain injuries
- Construction accidents
- Animal attacks or dog bites
- Garbage truck accidents
- Burn injuries
- Pedestrian accidents
- Product liability injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nursing home abuse
- Medical malpractice
Even if you don’t see your loved one’s fatal accident here, we could still represent your family. Our team is standing by 24/7 to discuss your case in a complimentary consultation.
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Our Firm Charges Nothing Out of Pocket for Wrongful Death Clients
At Hammack Law Firm, we represent our clients on a contingency-fee basis. This means you do not need to pay upfront fees for our representation – we do not charge a retainer or hourly fee. Instead, we receive our attorney’s fees from the compensation we recover for your family. This pay structure means:
- Your family’s financial situation will not affect your ability to hire representation.
- We only get paid if you do.
- We will never leave you in the dark or issue any surprise fees.
- There is no financial risk to choosing our firm.
Our team will discuss this fee agreement with you further before you decide to hire us.
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You Only Have a Limited Time to Sue the At-Fault Party
Under S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530, you likely only have three years from the date your family member passed away to sue the at-fault parties and seek justice in civil court. After this deadline – known as the statute of limitations – you lose the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
We can help you determine if this is necessary in your case. Most lawsuits never go to trial but missing the filing deadline could prevent you from recovering just compensation.
It takes time to investigate and build a case for wrongful death damages. Moreover, certain evidence can quickly deteriorate or disappear. As such, it’s best to initiate the legal process as soon as possible if you plan to hold someone financially responsible in South Carolina.
Hammack Law Firm Helps Families Fight for Justice in Greenville
Our team from Hammack Law Firm provides free consultations and case assessments for the families of those who died in traffic collisions and other incidents. We may be able to help you hold those responsible accountable for their actions.