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The death of a loved one is always a difficult situation. When a parent, spouse or child dies as the result of the actions of another, the emotional toll can be even worse.
At Morton & Gettys, our attorneys understand how traumatic these situations can be. We pride ourselves on having the compassion to help clients through these upsetting times, while also having the knowledge and experience to ensure that their financial futures are protected.
South Carolina law allows surviving family members to file wrongful death lawsuits seeking compensation from the person or business whose conduct caused their loved-one’s death. Furthermore, our law permits the deceased person’s estate to also bring a claim, referred to as a “survival action”, whereby the responsible party is compelled to pay damages due to the estate. These two separate and distinct claims are governed by the applicable statutory law, which can be complicated to the inexperienced or untrained.
Wrongful death claims can arise from a host of tragic occurrences – car and trucking accidents, defective consumer products, medical malpractice, and construction defects to name a few. If a loved one has died in an accident that might have been someone else’s fault, it’s important to consult an experienced attorney as quickly as possible in order to preserve your legal rights. Surviving family members may be entitled to recover for medical and funeral expenses and lost future earnings as well as receive compensation for loss of the love, affection and companionship of their departed loved-one.
We know that no monetary award is going to assuage the grief of losing a loved one. Making sure surviving family members are adequately compensated for both expenses and lost income, though, will help ensure that those who are left behind have financial resources available as they begin to heal.