South Carolina Wrongful Death Attorneys
Losing a loved one unexpectedly is devastating to a family. But when that person’s death was caused by someone else’s negligence, the family is left to cope with the added suffering of knowing the loss could have been prevented. Meanwhile, you are forced to figure out how your family will pay the medical bills, funeral expenses, and other costs associated with the loss.
At Mickle & Bass, our compassionate South Carolina wrongful death attorneys understand that there is no amount of money that can bring your loved one back. However, we can work to ease the financial burden on your family and demand justice for your loved one.
During this stressful time, do not add to your family’s burden by trying to deal with insurance companies on your own. Let our dedicated South Carolina wrongful death lawyers help. Schedule a free consultation to talk about your claim today. And do not worry about whether you can afford an attorney. We do not charge any fees unless and until we secure money for your family.
How Our S.C. Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help Your Family
Our compassionate South Carolina wrongful death attorneys are sensitive to your family’s needs during this difficult time. We know you have a lot to sort through, and we are here to take some of that load off you. You can trust our dedicated legal team to:
- Shield you from the insurance companies that may try to take advantage of you during this vulnerable time
- Investigate the circumstances of the fatal accident and identify who should be held liable
- Document all the expenses your family has faced related to the accident
- Account for the pain and suffering your loved one and your family have endured
- Determine whether there is a case for punitive damages, which can be awarded to punish the at-fault party for extreme misconduct
- Negotiate aggressively with the insurance companies in pursuit of a full and fair wrongful death settlement
- Advocate for justice for your loved one in court if the insurance company refuses to offer a satisfactory settlement in a timely manner
At Mickle & Bass, our attorneys make themselves accessible to our clients. Our door is always open to talk about your case or answer any questions you may have about what is happening.
Contact us today to set up a free consultation about your legal options.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in S.C.?
Under South Carolina wrongful death law, the executor or the administrator of the victim’s estate is responsible for filing a wrongful death claim. However, when compensation is recovered in a wrongful death claim, it can be distributed to the victim’s:
- Parents (if there is no spouse or child)
- Other heirs of the estate
If you are not sure whether you are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your loved one, contact us to discuss your case. We will go over the circumstances of your claim and discuss your next steps.
Compensation in a S.C. Wrongful Death Settlement
When our attorneys are pursuing a wrongful death claim, we carefully track all the ways in which the victim’s death has impacted the family. Depending on the circumstances of the case, we may demand compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and other benefits
- Property damage (such as costs to replace a vehicle after a fatal crash)
- Loss of care, companionship, and protection
- Pain and suffering of family members
Most importantly, if an insurance company has approached you with a wrongful death settlement offer, do not sign anything or accept any payment without talking to our lawyers first. Insurance companies will try to take advantage of families in their time of grief, offering lowball settlements that don’t begin to cover the losses suffered.
What Is a Survival Action?
While wrongful death claims pursue damages that the surviving family has suffered after a fatal accident, survival actions seek compensation that the victim would have been able to pursue had he or she lived. The executor or administrator of the victim’s estate may pursue a survival action in addition to a wrongful death claim, seeking payment for:
- Conscious pain and suffering endured by the victim before death
- Emotional distress of the victim
- Medical expenses
Talk with our knowledgeable South Carolina wrongful death attorneys about whether you can pursue a survival action on behalf of your loved one. We can walk you through what to expect with your case and answer any questions you have about the process.
Time Limit for Wrongful Death Lawsuit in S.C.
The shock of a loved one’s death can leave a family feeling numb for a long time. It may feel like all you can do to move forward with funeral and burial plans, and then on to probate proceedings. However, it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible about your options.
South Carolina limits the amount of time you have to file a claim to three years from the date of the death. This may seem like quite a bit of time, but your attorney will need to launch an investigation into the case as soon as possible to gather all the evidence before it is lost or disappears. Insurance companies may also employ delay tactics to try to prevent your family from being able to file a claim by the deadline.
Talk to Our Compassionate S.C. Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
After suffering the loss of a loved one, your family deserves to mourn in peace. Your family should not suffer the added stress of fighting with insurance companies over the compensation you deserve. Let our dedicated legal team take that burden off you by handling all the details of your wrongful death claim.
Set up a free consultation today to discuss your case and learn how we can help. Our law firm does not charge any fees upfront to get started on your case. And we only get paid if and when we recover compensation for your family. Contact us now.
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Mickle and Bass: South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers
South Carolina personal injury law covers a wide variety of claims. At Mickle & Bass, our skilled personal injury lawyers have extensive experience successfully resolving an array of cases, including:
If you or a family member has been harmed due to an individual’s or company’s negligence, you need to talk with our knowledgeable attorneys about what to do next. Therefore, schedule a free legal consultation today to get started on your case.