An untimely death is always a tragedy, especially if the death could have been avoided. Those who are careless or whose failures result in fatalities must be held accountable. Survivors of victims killed in collisions, work accidents, and other preventable incidents can take legal action against individuals, businesses, and government agencies. Pursuing a case can be complicated, but a Charleston wrongful death lawyer will help.
Our injury attorneys have dedicated their careers to providing representation to those left behind after deaths due to negligence or wrongdoing. Our legal team is available any time to answer your questions and offer a free evaluation of your case. Contact us now to learn about the representation we can offer you and to get answers including:
- Can I file a lawsuit after the death of a loved one?
- What types of wrongful death damages are available?
- How can a Charleston wrongful death lawyer help me?
Filing a Lawsuit
If someone you care about has been killed, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death cases are intended to compensate close relatives like spouses, minor children, or parents of kids who lose their lives in preventable accidents. If the victim would have been able to make a personal injury claim if the injuries weren’t fatal, then a wrongful death lawsuit should be brought by survivors to get justice.
To make a wrongful death case, you will need to be able to prove the defendant who you sue did something, or failed to do something, that was the direct cause of the death. A Charleston wrongful death attorney can help you to obtain evidence and make your case.
Types of Wrongful Death Damages
Compensation in a wrongful death case may include:
- Compensation for medical bills for any treatment received by the deceased prior to death.
- Payment for loss of the income the deceased will no longer be earning and contributing to the family due to the untimely end of his work life.
- Loss of companionship and loss of the relationship between the deceased and surviving family.
It can be difficult to determine how much a wrongful death case is worth. Before you accept a settlement, be sure you speak with an attorney. A wrongful death lawyer in Charleston can help you to find experts who will be able to testify about the extent of loss in order to maximize damages. Howell & Christmas attorneys can help you recover damages from any type of wrongful death accident including, but not limited to, an automobile accident, from a defective product or equipment, from a workplace accident, or from medical or professional negligence.
How a Charleston Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help
At Howell & Christmas, we represent plaintiffs in wrongful death cases and provide invaluable assistance in moving claims forward. We are skilled negotiators who can help convince insurance companies and defendants to make reasonable offers so you can avoid the stress of a trial. We also have extensive litigation experience and can make a compelling case to a jury after a death has occurred. To learn more about the ways in which our Charleston wrongful death lawyers advocate for victims and about the legal services we can provide to you after someone you care about has been killed, give us a call today.