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Wrongful Death

The personal injury attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson are established, experience practitioners of personal injury law. For over 40 years, we have been dedicated to helping families who lost a loved one because of another’s negligence. Our offices in Greenville and Gaffney provide caring legal representation to bereft families in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Gaffney, Pickens, Greenwood, Laurens and other areas of South Carolina.

Wrongful Deaths are Often Caused by Negligence

South Carolina sees its fair share of accidents and fatalities. South Carolina roads are notoriously dangerous. But when a loved one dies through the fault of another, the loss is unexpected and devastating. Knowing that someone else’s conduct caused a family member’s death is intolerable. It is no wonder that wrongful deaths leave families seeking justice. Surviving family members can seek civil damages through a wrongful death claim. An award of monetary damages can never replace a life, but is meant to compensate families for their irreparable loss. After a sudden death, the ensuing financial burdens and emotional scars can tear a family apart. These are not costs that innocent families should bear alone; the negligent parties that caused the death must pay for the damage.

Wrongful deaths caused by negligence often involve:

  • Auto accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Tractor trailer accidents
  • Workplace injuries
  • Defective products
  • Medical malpractice
  • Fire and burn injuries
  • Nursing home neglect
  • Recalled drugs or medical devices
Eligibility to Bring a Wrongful Death Claim

In South Carolina, wrongful death claims are generally reserved for immediate family members, such as the deceased’s former and/or present spouse and children. In some cases, courts may also grant standing to sue to more distant relatives and dependents. In all cases, an estate must be opened because only the personal representative of an estate may bring a lawsuit for wrongful death.

Proving a case requires showing that the defendant’s negligent conduct actually caused the death of your loved one. Manufacturers are held accountable when a defective product they made severely injures the consumer. Negligent drivers are responsible when they cause fatal accidents. Health care providers are likewise liable if their mistakes or negligent conduct proved lethal to their patient. Nursing homes may be held liable for causing the death of an elderly person in charge of their care. In all these cases, the death must be a result of the negligent party’s action,

Compensable Damages in a Wrongful Death Suit

Wrongful death plaintiffs are entitled to damages from all liable parties. These may include individuals or businesses, and the insurance companies that insure them. Insurance companies often pressure victims to settle for an offer that does not fully cover their loss. Insurance companies are not concerned if other parties or insurance policies should be considered. It is imperative to consult an experienced attorney who can protect your rights. As wrongful death victims, surviving family members are entitled to compensation for medical costs, funeral expenses, and the decedent’s lost income. Recovering lost earnings is often crucial to keeping the family and dependents afloat. Proving the future costs the family will suffer as a result of the loss is essential to helping family members get back on their feet. In addition to strictly economic recovery, the family is also entitled to compensation for their emotional loss, including pain and suffering associated with the loss of relationship with the deceased. By taking away a spouse or parent, the at-fault party deprived a family of the decedent’s protection, guidance, companionship, and support. While no one could ever really assign a dollar figure to that kind of loss, these are often damages that families value most as bringing some justice.

You do not Have to Suffer Alone

If your loved one died as a result of negligence, contact the personal injury attorneys of Grimes Teich Anderson today. For over 40 years, we have helped families recover financially from their loss. South Carolina laws are complex and frequently change. We know that nothing can make up for your loved one’s passing, but our experienced attorneys are dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you obtain the compensation you and your family deserve. It is important to act quickly to preserve the full value of your claim. Any delay may result in the loss of important evidence and impede your right to relief. At Grimes Teich Anderson, we understand that your loss is devastating. We are devoted to pursuing your case with dignity and respect. Call 800.533.6845 today for a free consultation or contact us online.

Each case is different, so not all information on this website, as well as some which may not be provided, will apply to every case. Because the facts and relevant laws are different from case to case, Grimes Teich Anderson does not guarantee that the outcome, results or experiences with one lawyer or one case will be similar to another.

Except for Employment Law Cases, Attorney’s fees are a percentage of the entire recovery and will be deducted before other expenses. In addition to the fee in these cases, Client will be responsible for litigation expenses, which will either be deducted from the recovery or paid by the client. Some Employment Law Cases may be handled on a contingent fee basis and others handled on an hourly basis, where the client is billed for the hours spent on the case. Based on our experience, we will advise you of the most appropriate fee arrangement in Employment Law cases.

Material on this website is for information purposes and is not legal advice.

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