South Carolina and Georgia Wrongful Death Attorney
Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when caused by another’s negligent, reckless, or careless acts. The emotional trauma to those left behind can be devastating. Here at Hammack Law Firm, we don’t pretend to know what you are going through as every situation is unique. However, we do know what it is like to lose a loved one. Both of Paul’s parents died unexpectedly.
I can still remember vividly when my mom drowned in a scuba diving accident in a foreign country. She was still in her prime and was living life to the fullest, so it came as a huge shock. I was not prepared for such a loss. I remember walking through the night – not knowing what to do next. The feelings of emptiness and despair were overwhelming, and the sense of being lost and not knowing my future crushed me. Now more than 20 years later, I still have moments of grief swell up. These feelings are real and cannot be dismissed.
Survivors who have lost a friend, confidant, spouse, parent, or child need a place to turn when facing such a huge loss. Loved ones are often left to pay medical expenses and funeral costs, not to mention enduring the loss of financial and emotional support they received from their deceased relative. Fortunately, South Carolina law allows surviving family members to bring a wrongful death claim against the wrongdoer to help ease these financial burdens. Even though no lawsuit or amount of money can ever repair your loss, we can help restore financial security and bring the wrongdoer to justice. Real loss demands real compensation.
Contact Your Greenville Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
If you are working through the loss of a loved one caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless acts, you need an experienced wrongful death lawyer to help you navigate the grief, pain, and suffering and help you get the relief your family deserves. Paul Hammack and the staff at Hammack Law Firm are respectful, compassionate, and caring in your time of need. We will handle everything for you to try to assist you through this difficult time so you can focus on your family and healing from your loss. We have helped thousands of clients walk through the challenges associated with personal injury and wrongful death claims, and we can help you too. You have rights and we will fight for you.
You can reach us at 864-326-3333 or fill out our online form for a free case review. Hammack Law Firm is located at 223 W. Stone Ave. in Greenville, South Carolina, and we serve clients throughout South Carolina and Georgia. We are ready to take care of your attorney needs anywhere in the upstate of South Carolina and beyond, including Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Pickens, Oconee, Laurens, Cherokee, Union, Greenwood, and Columbia.
Hammack Law Firm is committed to our clients. With more than 19 years of litigation and trial experience, Paul Hammack has received an AV rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell. He has spent the last 17 years working for insurance companies, so he knows the industry secrets and he can put that knowledge and experience to work for you.
We recently represented a family who lost their mother in a tragic car accident. The insurer initially offered a low amount, but after we got involved, we discovered additional insurance totaling $200,000.
While every case is different, and we cannot promise a similar result, experience matters when it comes to wrongful death cases. If you have a need for an experienced wrongful death attorney who will give you the personal service, compassion, and care that you deserve, call us today. We are here to help. “Better call Paul” at 864-326-3333.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits in South Carolina
South Carolina’s cause of action for wrongful death is found in S.C. Code Ann. § 15-51-10. This statute allows the family of a person wrongfully killed by another to bring a wrongful death claim when a person’s death was “caused by the wrongful act, neglect or default of another,” and the deceased person would have been entitled to recover damages from the wrongdoer had they survived.
Nearly any fatal accident can give rise to a South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit, including:
- Truck Accidents
- Bus, Train, or Airplane Accidents
- Auto Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Work Accidents
- Dog or Other Animal Attacks
- Defective Products
- Medical Malpractice or Negligence
- Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
South Carolina’s wrongful death statute permits a decedent’s spouse or children to pursue a claim. If the decedent had no spouse or children, the action may be brought by the decedent’s parents. If there was no spouse, children, or parents, then the action may be brought by any relative or person appointed as Personal Representative (executive or administrator) for the benefit of the heirs of the estate. In most cases, the case must be brought within three years of the accident or event that caused the death, but in some cases against government agencies or other individuals, the statute of limitations can be reduced to two years. For work-related injuries, it is important to make a claim as soon as possible to ensure that it is not barred.
Damages Available in a SC Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Damages awarded in a successful wrongful death claim may include compensation for the following:
- funeral and burial expenses
- medical expenses related to the deceased person’s final illness or injury
- lost wages and job benefits
- property damage and other financial losses related to the death
- loss of the deceased person’s experience, knowledge, and judgment
- loss of the deceased person’s care, companionship, and protection
- pain, suffering, and mental anguish suffered by the surviving family members
If the conduct that caused the death was grossly negligent, reckless, or intentional, the court may also award punitive damages. Unlike other types of damages, exemplary damages are not awarded to compensate the family or estate for losses resulting from the untimely death. Instead, exemplary damages are intended to punish wrongdoers and serve as a deterrent for others who might engage in similar conduct. There are some differences between the types of damages that are available under a South Carolina wrongful death action as compared to a personal injury lawsuit when the victim was not killed.
Contact Your South Carolina and Georgia Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
If you have lost a loved one due to the wrongful acts of another, we are here help. “Your success is our success.” Better call Paul at 864-326-3333.