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Wrongful Death

When a person is killed as a result of the negligence or misconduct of another, surviving family members have options under the law. As stated in the South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 15-51-10, the responsible party is liable for damages in a wrongful death action.

Why Choose Us for Your Lawyer?

Our attorneys at The Melonakos Law Firm, LLC in Greenville, South Carolina focus our practice exclusively on personal injury matters, including wrongful death. This gives us a better understanding of the law and issues involved to help you pursue maximum compensation. We have recovered more than $25 million for our clients in wrongful death and personal injury matters.

What Is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is a civil action in which damages are sought against a party for causing the death of a person or their family member. A lawsuit is brought by the executor or administrator of the decedent’s estate for the benefit of the spouse and children, parents, or heirs of the person who died. Elements of a wrongful death claim include:

  • Death of a person
  • Death caused by negligence or with intent to harm
  • Survival of family members suffering monetary injury because of the death
  • Appointment of executor or administrator of deceased person’s estate

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

A wrongful death claim can arise out of a wide range of circumstances in which a person dies through the negligence or wrongdoing of another. Common causes of wrongful death include:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Medical malpractice resulting in death
  • Dangerous products and medications
  • Occupational exposure to hazardous substances or conditions
  • Criminal behavior
  • Death that occurs during a supervised activity

Who Is Liable?

A party whose negligence or wrongdoing resulted in death may be held liable for damages in a wrongful death claim. Examples include:

  • A doctor who failed to diagnose or provide proper care for a medical condition.
  • The manufacturer of a dangerous or product or drug who failed to warn consumers of the danger.
  • A negligent driver who caused an accident and injuries resulting in death.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer?

Wrongful death claims are complex, high-stakes cases. Surviving family members bringing such a claim must meet the same burden of proof the deceased person would have been required to meet if he or she had survived. An experienced wrongful death lawyer has the knowledge and skills to help you pursue monetary damages for:

  • Pre-death pain and suffering of the deceased
  • Medical expenses resulting from the injury
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of expected income of the deceased
  • Value of services the deceased would have provided to family members
  • Loss of guidance, care, and nurturing the deceased would have provided
  • Loss of love, companionship, and consortium (companionship of a husband or wife)

Contact Us Today

If you have lost a loved one through the negligence or wrongdoing of another, we understand that no amount of money can compensate you for your loss. A wrongful death claim is an option under the law to seek justice for your loved one and compensation to provide for your family’s future.

At The Melonakos Law Firm, LLC in Greenville, South Carolina, we are tough and compassionate advocates for wrongful death survivors. We maintain a small caseload, which enables us to provide the personal attention your case deserves. With a former insurance defense attorney on our legal team, we have insight into the insurance process that can help us maximize your compensation. Call our office to schedule a consultation.

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