Handling Your Wrongful Death Lawsuit in South Carolina
Losing a loved one is never easy. When your family member’s death was caused through the negligence or misconduct of another, the grieving process is even more difficult. In this type of case, you and your family can file a wrongful death lawsuit to help with hospital bills, funeral costs, and other expenses.
While no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one, financially securing your future and holding the negligent parties responsible can provide security to your family and ensure worries about financial matters do not compound the grief of a death that should have never occurred.
The wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC will help you and your family pursue wrongful death damages, holding the parties responsible for your loss to account. We offer free consultations to sit down with one of our experienced attorneys to discuss your case. We understand this is a difficult and likely painful time for you and for all members of your family. We base our relationships with our clients upon this understanding. While nothing can turn back the clock, we can work to get you the compensation you are entitled to as a result of a wrongful death.
What Types of Wrongful Death Lawsuits Does Strom Law Firm, LLC Handle?
We have years of experience providing skilled and knowledgeable representation for a wide range of wrongful death suits. Those include:
Tractor Trailer Accidents
Due to their immense size, big wheeler accidents can be far more catastrophic than those involving standard vehicles. There’s also the added complexity of the lawyers employed by the trucking company, working aggressively to protect the trucking company’s interest — not yours. Make sure you have someone working just as aggressively on your behalf.
The simple act of driving a car, an action we take for granted nearly every day, can have devastating consequences. Fatal car accidents can be caused by a driver’s negligence, such as drunk driving, distracted driving, or speeding. When another driver is at fault for the death of your loved one, they should be held responsible for the damage they caused.
Fatal accidents involving burns can be the result of a number of situations, such as burns from defective products and equipment, chemical and electrical burns, radiation, or burns resulting from post-car accident fires.
Caused by a blow or a jolt to the head, or when an object pierces the brain, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death in the United States. Deaths from brain injuries can be caused by falls or other accidents and can sometimes be the result of negligence on the part of another person or organization.
For every mile traveled, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of a standard vehicle. Many motorcyclists die as a result of the carelessness or negligence of other drivers on the road.
Construction Site Accidents
From roadway construction to commercial buildings, construction sites can be dangerous places. You expect that every precaution and safety measure has been taken to protect workers on the job site, yet fatal accidents can still happen, including scaffolding collapse, exposure to toxins, crane accidents, fires or explosions, and equipment failures.
We expect the products we buy to be safe, never expecting injury or harm to come from their use, yet every year thousands of consumers sustain serious injuries from defective products. Some injuries prove fatal. Defective products that commonly cause injury include medical devices, pharmaceutical products, cars, and automotive parts.
Medical malpractice refers to a treatment or a lack of treatment that caused harm, injury, or wrongful death. It also covers any departure from the accepted standards of medical care, health care, or safety. Medical malpractice includes harmful actions taken by any health care provider. If you have lost a loved one due to what you believe to be medical malpractice, contact a medical malpractice attorney today to discuss your case.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
When a loved one enters a nursing home, you expect that proper patient care is a cornerstone of the institution, yet sometimes neglect from staff, neglect of the facilities, or even abuse at the hands of nursing home staff can lead to a wrongful death.
Injuries Sustained While Working on the Job
Thousands of workers are killed on the job every year, in some cases, these deaths are due to negligence or code violations on the part of the employer or a third party.
Finding the Right Wrongful Death Attorney for You
With years of experience working with wrongful death claims, the team at Strom Law Firm LLC will fight to protect your rights while you focus on getting through this tough experience. Call 803.252.4800 to discuss the details of your case today.
What Wrongful Death Damages Can Cover
In addition to the emotional toll, death can result in extreme financial hardships that you may not be prepared to handle. When the tragedy of your loss was caused by the negligence or even reckless behavior of someone else, that person or party should be held responsible for the economic hardships you experience as a result of the death. In wrongful death cases, plaintiffs can recover for damages that resulted from the loved one’s death such as:
- Medical expenses: Especially in the case of an accident or death caused by an injury, substantial medical bills can accrue from the time of the accident to the time of the eventual death.
- Funeral expenses: Funerals cost thousands of dollars, and this burden shouldn’t fall on the shoulders of the family when a wrongful death has occurred.
- Loss of consortium: This refers to the companionship a spouse or children have been denied as a result of the wrongful death.
- Loss of expected earnings: This includes the wages and benefits the family member would have earned for his or her family if not for the untimely death.
- Punitive damages: In the cases of extreme or willful negligence or egregious behavior, the courts may decide to award further damages to the family, both as a punishment for the actions of the responsible party and to discourage others from taking such actions in the future.
For a free consultation, call 803.252.4800 to discuss your case with an experienced and compassionate wrongful death attorney. We’ll help you assess your case and determine the next best steps and course of action to take so you and your family can get through this difficult time.
Who Is Typically Awarded Damages In A Wrongful Death Suit?
Generally, those most closely affected by the loss of the loved one are in a position to be awarded damages after a wrongful death. The spouse of the deceased can be awarded damages for loss of companionship. A spouse can also be awarded compensation for the lost wages and benefits such as medical coverage that the deceased spouse would have provided if not for his or her premature death. Children still living in the home can be awarded compensation for the loss of financial support, as well as emotional support resulting from the untimely death. Parents who have lost a young child can receive damages for emotional distress and the loss of companionship with their child.
When Should A Wrongful Death Lawsuit Be Filed?
While there is no doubt that losing a loved one is the most difficult thing a person and a family can go through, the sooner a wrongful death suit is filed, the more likely it is that you will receive the compensation you are entitled to. In the case of an accident, our lawyers will best be able to collect the most information and evidence to support your case if the accident is relatively recent. Records such as video will be easier to access, and testimony from witnesses will be stronger, more relevant, and more easily available the closer it is to the time of the accident.
In the case of nursing home neglect, our lawyers and investigators will be better poised to gather critical evidence to support your case the closer it is to the time of the incident. With a medical malpractice case, calling us as soon as possible will ensure we have time to gather qualified expert testimony and pursue all possible lines of investigation. In all wrongful death cases, the State of South Carolina requires that suits be filed within three years of death.
Ready To Speak with a Wrongful Death Attorney?
If your loved one has died due to the negligence or misconduct of another person or another entity, the responsible parties should be held accountable. They are responsible for your added expenses and resulting hardships. The unexpected loss of a loved one is a very painful experience. It leaves family members with sudden expenses such as hospital bills and funeral costs. It deprives family members of the opportunity to experience the companionship of the lost loved one. It places an ongoing financial burden on the surviving family members who now have to live without the additional income.
Located in Columbia, SC, the Strom Law Firm, LLC will help you during this extremely difficult and emotional time. Although many of the people we represent in these cases are from right here in South Carolina, our lawyers routinely take clients from throughout the Southeast and, in certain types of product liability or pharmaceutical cases, from across the country as well. Call 803.252.4800 for your free consultation today.