What do I need to prove in order to file a wrongful death claim in South Carolina?
The first thing that must be proven is that someone has died. Then you must be able to prove their death was the result of someone else's negligence.
Negligence is the key factor in a South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit. This means someone else must have acted in a manner that was negligent or reckless and as a result caused your loved one's death.
For instance, if you're loved one was involved in a fatal truck accident that was the result of the truck driver falling asleep at the wheel, it would be a case of negligence. Or if the driver of another vehicle ran a red light and struck your loved one, this is also a case of negligence.
Next, you must be able to prove the deceased is survived by immediate family members such as a spouse, parents, siblings or children. The South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit is filed on behalf of the surviving family members.
The last thing you need to prove is that the immediate family members have suffered a monetary loss as a result of your loved one's death. This could include the expenses to bury your loved one, the loss of support in caring for surviving children and so on.
When your loved one has been tragically killed as a result of someone's negligence, a Georgetown wrongful death attorney can help you decide if you should file a South Carolina wrongful death claim and if so, how to proceed.
Seeking the Help of a Georgetown Wrongful Death Attorney
The South Carolina wrongful death attorney team at the Shelly Leeke Law Firm is available to help accident victims cope with the legal implications of a wrongful death. Our firm's focus on wrongful death cases includes injury from auto accidents including pedestrian and bicycle injuries, work-related injuries and Workers' Compensation claims, and injuries resulting from dangerous prescription drugs.
Before you file a South Carolina wrongful death claim, request a free copy of our South Carolina injury book. When you're ready to get started on settling your wrongful death claim, contact a Georgetown wrongful death attorney for a free information packet and consultation, 1-888-690-0211.