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