If someone you love lost their life in a preventable accident, you and other surviving family members might have the right to file a lawsuit for financial compensation. A Pickens wrongful death lawyer from our law firm can help you identify the at-fault party and build your case.
Our legal team at Hammack Law Firm works hard for injured clients, and we intend to also work hard for you. We carefully combine small firm feel with big firm experience to provide you with a warm, supportive atmosphere. You get the legal support you need from our team because we treat you like how we treat our own friends and family: with compassion and understanding.
You Have Limited Time in Which to File Your Wrongful Death Case
When it comes to wrongful death cases, try to start your legal journey as soon as possible. By contacting our law firm early on, we can have time to conduct a thorough investigation and collect evidence. We can manage your case for you, which can be beneficial if you need time to make final arrangements for your loved one or deal with other personal matters.
Early involvement also ensures we have time to meet South Carolina’s filing deadline. The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases is defined in S.C. Ann §15-3-530. Accordingly, you generally have three years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a lawsuit.
Missing the filing deadline might prevent you from moving forward with your lawsuit or compelling the at-fault party to compensate you.
We Can Guide You Toward a Fair Settlement
After building your evidence file, we will present your case to the at-fault party and/or their insurance company. Many cases often result in a financial settlement, so we may be able to negotiate these terms to secure your compensation.
While the final decision is always yours to make, our team can help steer you toward a favorable settlement by:
- Proving how the at-fault party caused your loved one’s death
- Assigning a financial value to your lawsuit
- Weighing the pros and cons of each monetary offer you receive during negotiations
We also make sure you do not accept a speedy but inadequate settlement and that you understand the finality of a signed settlement agreement. Our goal is to ensure your case is not undervalued, underpaid, or insufficient to meet your family’s current and future financial needs.
Defining Your Right to Financial Compensation
The loss of a loved one typically impacts their full circle of family and friends. While the emotional impact may be felt by everyone, S.C. Ann §15-51-20 only allows the following surviving family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit:
- The decedent’s legal spouse
- The decedent’s biological or adoptive parents
- The decedent’s biological or adopted children
- The decedent’s named heirs
Depending on the circumstances, grandchildren and siblings might also have the right to file a lawsuit. If you are uncertain about the connection between your familial tie to the decedent and your right to compensation, a member of our team can help clarify your position and offer added assistance in building your case.
Establishing the Value of Your Family’s Loss
The loss of your loved one may entitle you and your family to compensation for your loss of companionship, society, and consortium. You might also be entitled to recoverable damages, which can include:
- Your loved one’s medical bills
- Your family’s loss of financial support
- Your family’s loss of domestic contributions
- Your family’s mental and emotional distress
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
A Pickens wrongful death lawyer with our firm can help you determine which damages qualify you for compensation, including other losses not listed in this section.
Building a Comprehensive Wrongful Death Case File
Our team will help you build a case file using evidence that demonstrates how the at-fault or liable party caused your loved one’s untimely death. Because the burden of proof lies on the plaintiff, we work hard to ensure the evidence we collect is comprehensive and accurate.
Your case file may contain:
- Your loved one’s medical records
- Your loved one’s death certificate
- Your loved one’s salary history
- The accident report
- Witness statements
You can let a team member know if you have additional input or evidence that might help support your right to compensation. Our goal is to create a case file that speaks for you and leads to the settlement you and your family need.
Our Customer Testimonials and Reviews
We work hard for every client we represent. Previous clients attest to our caring customer service in our Google reviews and in the reviews on our website.
Here are some examples of reviews we’ve received:
- “The whole team was great; everyone was 5 stars. We got a good settlement and [I] was very pleased with the skill and professional atmosphere they have. They have a great team.”
- “No matter who I dealt with at this law firm; everyone was very kind. If I had questions, I felt like they were listened to, and [they] answered [me] so that I would understand it. They let me know what was going on throughout the process, and I won my case!”
Our team is ready to offer you the same focused attention and stellar service. When your family is ready to seek financial recovery, our team is ready to offer our full support.
Get Help from a Pickens Wrongful Death Attorney Today
Has your family recently lost a loved one? Our customer-centered team treats you like friends and family and works hard to add a compassionate touch to a difficult experience. Contact the legal support team at Hammack Law Firm by calling (864) 326-3333 today.