The untimely death of a loved one is always a tragedy, especially when the death was caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. Our Chesterfield County wrongful death lawyer is here to help you pick up the pieces. Contact the Cockrell Law Firm, P.C. today so you can tell us your story.
Chesterfield County Wrongful Death Lawyer | Seeking Justing for Your Family
There is nothing worse than losing a loved one before their time. However, this is an unfortunate reality that many people have to face every day. If you believe your loved one lost his or her life because of another party’s negligence, we are here to help.
Bringing a Wrongful Death Claim in South Carolina
In South Carolina, not everyone can bring a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one. South Carolina law states that if the decedent was married or had children, his or her spouse/children are the ones who must bring the wrongful death claim. However, if the decedent was not married and had no children, his or her parents may bring the wrongful death claim. If the decedent had no spouse, children, or parents, then the action will be for the benefit of the decedent’s heirs. The person who brings the claim must be brought by the executor or administrator of the decedent’s estate.
Proving Your Claim
To win a wrongful death claim in South Carolina, you and your attorney will have to prove that your loved one lost his or her life due to the wrongful or negligent act of another, and that had your loved one not died as a result of the wrongful act, he or she would have been able to recover damages from the defendant.
As long as we can satisfy the burden of proof in your wrongful death claim, we should be able to recover financial compensation on your behalf. This should compensate you for both economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Funeral expenses
- The cost of medical treatment your loved one received prior to passing away
- The loss of companionship or guidance
- Emotional distress
- The loss of financial support
- The cost of household services once provided by the loved one
- Pain and suffering
Though the last thing a grieving family member wants to do is get involved in the legal process of filing a claim, you should understand that there is a three-year statute of limitations in place for wrongful death claims here in South Carolina. This means you are required, by law, to file your claim within three years of the date of your loved one’s death.
Contact a Chesterfield County Wrongful Death Lawyer
Our compassionate legal team understands how difficult of a time this is for you, and we are here to do everything in our power to get you the results you need. Please do not hesitate to contact the Cockrell Law Firm, P.C. at your earliest convenience. We are here to help you in any way we can.