If you lost a loved one in a preventable accident, the at-fault party might owe you and your family financial compensation for your loss. Your compensation package could potentially recover the costs of your loved one’s medical expenses and their funeral, among other damages you suffered.
If you are ready to seek financial compensation after losing a loved one, a Spartanburg wrongful death lawyer from Hammack Law Firm can help you navigate the legal system. Our legal team is familiar with the personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance laws that govern your case, so we can help you build and file your lawsuit.
How South Carolina Defines Wrongful Death
S.C. Ann §15-51-10 defines wrongful death as a death caused by:
- A wrongful act
- An act of neglect
- An act of default
- A felonious act
If the loss of your loved one was caused by one of these factors, our team can explore your compensation options. We can help you build a comprehensive lawsuit, identify the at-fault party, and assign a value to your case. Our mission is to build a strong case for you and ensure your loss-related financial needs are met.
On your own, it can be complicated to understand the recoverable damages S.C. Ann §15-32-210 entitles you to recoup. Our familiarity with state law enables us to establish your recoverable damages as:
- Loss of your loved one’s financial support
- Loss of their domestic contributions
- Loss of their society and companionship
- Their mental anguish and emotional distress
- Funeral and burial expenses for your loved one
When we calculate the value of your lawsuit, we include:
- Costs your loved one incurred prior to their death
- Costs you incurred after their death
- Compensation for the emotional impact of your loss
When you are ready to explore the range of your compensatory expenses, a team member is ready to help.
Timing is an Important Part of Your Lawsuit
Like every state, yours has a predetermined filing deadline for civil lawsuits. Complying with the filing deadline, commonly called the statute of limitations, is as important as preparing your lawsuit. If the timeline expires, your lawsuit is at risk of dismissal, which can prevent you from compelling compensation from the at-fault party.
According to S.C. Ann §15-3-530, you generally have up to three years to file a wrongful death lawsuit. While we prepare your lawsuit and ensure it is filed on time, you can focus on your emotional recovery.
Your Case’s Filing Deadline Might Change
If your loved one was a minor, this might change the filing deadline for your case. Other legal factors, like whether a government entity might be liable for your loved one’s death, might also affect the statutory deadline for your case. Our team can review the legal parameters of your case and inform you of how certain factors affect your case.
When you work with one of our Spartanburg wrongful death lawyers, you will have our team monitoring your case so that you don’t miss the filing deadline. If we begin your case early enough, we may have time to interview witnesses while their memories are fresh and collect other time-sensitive evidence.
We Support You Throughout the Compensation Process
Our team strives to provide your family with reassuring, supportive, compassionate care from the start until the conclusion of your case. Our client testimonials attest to our small-firm feel and big firm experience. Read what some of our clients have had to say about our legal services:
- “My experience with [Hammack Law Firm] was wonderful. I recommend anyone who is in need of a lawyer to contact this law firm!”
- “[The legal team is] on top of your case. I have never had to deal with this type of situation, so they explained the whole process. Thanks, you guys!!!!!”
- “I have never met a law firm that genuinely cared for their clients. Very warm and welcoming atmosphere.”
We treat you with the same care and attention we would give our own friends and family. Our goal is to personalize your legal experience with customer-centered, responsive legal service.
Evidence We Can Collect to Support Your Lawsuit
When we build the evidence file that supports your wrongful death lawsuit, we will request supportive documents, photos, and other evidence that you already have. If necessary, we may need to request certain information from other sources. We can also collect evidence for you so that you can focus on caring for your family.
We may ask for your loved one’s:
- Medical records
- Relevant photos
- Death certificate
- Financial records
If available, we may also request any written or recorded statements your loved one may have made about the cause of their accident or injuries. We can also ask for, complete, and submit claim forms and other documents from the at-fault party’s insurance company. We work hard to make the compensation process as easy for you to navigate as possible.
Let Our Attorneys Help You Fight for Justice for Your Loved One
You may be entitled to receive a financial settlement for the loss of your loved one. Whether you decide to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit, our team can help you build your case. We can help you fight to hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligence, which could potentially make South Carolina safer for others.
When you are ready to start preparing your lawsuit, our Spartanburg wrongful death lawyers are ready to offer support and guidance. Call (864) 326-3333 to reach a case review member at Hammack Law Firm today.