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When a person is killed as the result of another person or company’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions, the executor or administrator of the estate can bring a wrongful death action on behalf of the survivors.
The goal of any civil suit is to make the injured party whole again — this is impossible in a wrongful death action.
No amount of money can bring back a loved one when they’ve been taken before their time, but a wrongful death lawsuit can compensate the family for their financial losses and suffering.
The truth is, in cases where the guilty party is not charged criminally, the wrongful death action may also be the only way to hold them accountable for their actions and prevent future deaths.
What Type of Cases are Covered by Wrongful Death Actions?
The survivors can file suit for wrongful death in any situation where the death was caused by another person or company’s negligence, recklessness, carelessness, or intentional act.
Examples of wrongful death accidents include:
- Amusement park accidents;
- Fatal auto or motorcycle crashes;
- Police abuse; and
- Pedestrian, trucking, and boating accidents.
Criminal conduct can also be the basis for a wrongful death action, such as murder or felony drunk driving crashes.
In some circumstances, an establishment or business may be held liable for a death that occurs on their property.
What Types of Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Case?
- Medical expenses, hospital expenses, and the cost of surgeries prior to death.
- Burial and funeral expenses.
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of financial support.
- Loss of companionship.
- Punitive damages in some cases.
Punitive damages may be awarded to the survivors if the defendant’s actions were reckless, willful, or malicious.
Cases that involve intentional or criminal acts will usually allow for the possibility of punitive damages as well.
Drunk driving wrecks that result in death will often result in a punitive damages award if there is a successful jury verdict, and this may motivate the responsible insurance company to resolve the case with a settlement prior to trial by offering the policy limits.
Any criminal act that results in a death has the potential for punitive damages as well as any reckless or malicious conduct that is likely to shock the conscious of a judge and jury.
Questions to ask a Wrongful Death Lawyer in SC
- Have you handled wrongful death cases before?
- Have you handled this kind of wrongful death case before? i.e. Commercial truck accident, motorcycle accident, auto accident, or felony DUI?
- What percentage of your practice is devoted to personal injury cases?
- If the defendant does not settle our case, will you take them to trial?
The wrongful death attorneys at Coastal Law understand that when a loved one is taken from you suddenly it is the worst kind of tragedy that leaves the family reeling. This is one of the most difficult times that your family will face — put your case into the hands of a personal injury attorney who cares.
Your wrongful death lawyer at Coastal Law will shoulder the burden of going after the defendant and recovering the money that they owe you. We will do everything possible to hold them accountable and to ensure that they compensate you and your family for your losses.
Most important, you need an attorney to go over the facts of your case to get you the compensation you deserve.
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