Losing a loved one in a car accident, workplace accident, or because of medical malpractice is incredibly difficult. Fortunately, many families may be entitled to financial compensation through filing a wrongful death action to recover losses on behalf of their loved one.
The Myrtle Beach wrongful death lawyers at Howell and Christmas, understand the emotional and financial struggles that families often go through after losing a loved one in an accident. That is why the seasoned attorneys are committed to helping families pursue the maximum amount of financial compensation for their loved one’s wrongful death.
What Qualifies as a Wrongful Death Claim
Wrongful death cases are often tragic events where a person is killed due to another’s negligent, reckless, willful, or wrongful act or omission. Examples of cases where a wrongful death attorney has helped families by filing a wrongful death claim include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- ATV accidents
- Boating accidents
- Dangerous and Defective Products
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse and negligence
- Workplace accidents
When a person loses their life because of another’s negligence, a wrongful death attorney in Myrtle Beach can file a civil action for wrongful death to recover compensation on behalf of a loved one.
Who May File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Losing a loved one touches everyone in a family from aunts, uncles, and cousins. However, under South Carolina’s wrongful death statute typically only a husband, wife, child or parent of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim.
However, the wrongful death lawyers at Howell and Christmas, are committed to aggressively pursuing wrongful death claims, because we understand the impact losing a loved one has on everyone in a family.
Motivation to File a Claim
Many people who lose a loved one in an accident, desire justice on behalf of the departed. Sadly, many of these family members and individuals are dissatisfied with the criminal justice system, and therefore turn to the civil courts and file a wrongful death claim.
However, this is not the only reason why a family member may file a wrongful death claim. Many times losing a loved one means facing unexpected, unplanned, and oftentimes large medical expenses.
Compensation for Losses
Filing a wrongful death claim allows grieving families to recover compensation on their departed loved one’s behalf. With the guidance and experience of a dedicated wrongful death lawyer, grieving families can recover:
- Compensation for medical costs received prior to a loved one’s passing
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
In addition to these expenses, families may also be entitled to punitive damages. While financial damages can never bring back a loved one, compensation can help grieving families meet their financial obligations as well as help families cope with losing a loved one.
However, while these forms of compensation may be available, it can be incredibly difficult to determine how much a wrongful death claim is worth, and unfortunately, many insurance companies will offer families low-ball settlement offers. However, before a person accepts an offer, contact a wrongful death attorney who will be able to help them and their family determine an appropriate amount for their losses.
Talk to a Myrtle Beach Wrongful Death Attorney Today
At Howell and Christmas, the Myrtle Beach wrongful death lawyers understand the extreme emotional pain and loss you and your family are experiencing, and that is why we are committed to providing individuals with the best service possible.
With decades of experience and a proven litigation record, they have helped countless families on the road to recovery after losing a loved one in car accidents, due to defective and dangerous equipment, because of workplace accidents, and from medical malpractice.