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Hilton Head, SC Wrongful Death
When a person dies because of someone else’s negligence or misconduct, the deceased’s relatives may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. South Carolina law defines a “wrongful death” as a death that is caused by the “wrongful act, neglect, or default” of another person.
Losing a loved one is always devastating, and losing them due to the actions or neglect of someone else is particularly traumatic. Morgan & Morgan has experienced and compassionate wrongful death attorneys who can help you navigate this difficult time.
We can’t bring your loved ones back, but we may advocate for monetary compensation for your losses. That assistance can let you begin healing without the additional burden of financial uncertainty.
South Carolina law requires plaintiffs to file a wrongful death civil claim within three years of the deceased person’s death. To learn more about wrongful death claims and the damages to which you might be entitled, fill out our online form to receive a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Causes of Wrongful Deaths
The simplest way to think about wrongful death cases is to understand them as personal injury claims in which the injured person can no longer file the claim on their own behalf. Thus, the causes of wrongful deaths are typically the same as those for personal injury cases.
Vehicle Accidents: Accidents involving vehicles can be caused by defective vehicles, poorly maintained roads, and negligent or reckless driving. If your loved one died in an auto, boat, bus, ATV, or other vehicular accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim.
Defective Products or Drugs: Manufacturers have a legal duty to make products that are safe for consumers. If a manufacturer violates this duty or fails to warn consumers about risks associated with using a product or drug, and that leads to death, surviving relatives may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the manufacturer or drugmaker.
Medical Malpractice: While most doctors and medical providers provide competent care, unfortunately, sometimes negligence can lead to injuries and even death. If your loved one died because of a surgical error, missed diagnosis, or because of some other type of medical negligence, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Wrongful Death Damages
In most wrongful death cases, your attorney will attempt to recover some or all of the following types of damages:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and benefits, including lost future earning potential
- Loss of the deceased person’s companionship and care
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
Contact Morgan & Morgan
The loss of a loved one is the most traumatic event any of us can ever experience. While no amount of money can take away your pain, financial compensation can provide much-needed stability. Morgan & Morgan’s compassionate wrongful death attorneys will fight for you and your loved one’s memory.
Our lawyers can handle your case from start to finish so you can focus on healing and spending time with your family. We will be your advocates. Contact a Hilton Head wrongful death attorney today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.