What Kinds of Accidents Lead to WD Claims?
If you’ve lost a loved one to someone else’s negligence, the future can feel overwhelming. A wrongful death claim can provide you with the compensation you need to focus on healing, and an experienced South Carolina wrongful death attorney can help.
Wrongful Death Claims in South Carolina
In South Carolina, a wrongful death claim is brought by a representative of the decedent’s estate (or the estate of the person who lost their life). This representative is generally a family member who is named in the person’s will (or who is appointed by the court if the decedent has no will). Those relatives who can seek compensation from a South Carolina wrongful death claim include the following (in order):
● The surviving spouse and children of the decedent
● The surviving parents of the decedent
● The heirs of the decedent (according to the state’s intestate succession laws)
The Kinds of Accidents That Commonly Lead to Wrongful Death Claims
Any serious accident that leads to serious injuries can culminate in a wrongful death claim (if the accident was caused by one party’s negligence and leads to another party’s death).
Traffic accidents of all kinds are closely associated with wrongful death claims. The immense impact of car, motorcycle, and truck accidents can prove fatal, and these deadly accidents are often based on driver negligence, such as the following:
● Failure to follow the rules of the road
● Distractions, such as texting behind the wheel
● Drunk driving
● Excess speed
If someone you love was killed by a driver’s negligence, recklessness, or worse, reach out to a dedicated wrongful death attorney for the legal help you need.
Accidents Caused by Poorly Maintained Properties
The accidents that lead to premises liability claims, such as slip-and-fall accidents (especially from heights, such as on staircases), can prove fatal. Commercial property owners are required to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition that allows for the reasonably safe passage of their invited guests and customers, and when they fail to do so, deadly accidents can happen.
Other Kinds of Accidents
Nearly any kind of negligence-based accident can end in a wrongful death claim, including all the following:
● Accidents caused by dangerously faulty consumer goods
● Accidents on the job
● Nursing home negligence and abuse
● Medical malpractice
● Accidents at school
If your loved one lost their life because another party owed them a duty of care – or had a responsibility to their safety – and failed to live up to this responsibility, you might have a wrongful death claim. Consulting with a dedicated wrongful death attorney is the right course of action.
Don’t Wait to Consult With an Experienced South Carolina Wrongful Death Attorney
Andrew Littlejohn Johnson at Littlejohn Law – proudly serving Columbia, Allendale, Jasper, Orangeburg, and Hampton, South Carolina – is a compassionate wrongful death attorney who recognizes the depth of your loss and is committed to skillfully advocating for your rights and rightful compensation. We’re here to help, so please contact or call us at 803-764-4099 for more information today.