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When a loved one passes away, your family is left in a tragic and difficult position. If the death was someone else’s fault, talk to a Columbia wrongful death attorney about your opportunity to seek compensation for your family’s loss.
Losing a family member, spouse, or child to someone else’s careless actions is one of the most painful things you can experience. You’re already mourning and dealing with a painful loss, but you’re also the one responsible for the funeral and burial, as well as their final expenses.
It’s not fair, and worse, you believe that the death could have been avoided. Whether the fatal accident was a car crash, a product malfunction, or an intentional attack, someone else is responsible for this pain. Your family deserves justice—and fair compensation—for what happened.
During this difficult time, don’t hesitate to ask an attorney from HawkLaw, PA for help. If you believe someone else caused your loved one’s death, you can fight for compensation with the help of a Columbia wrongful death lawyer at our firm.
Before you file a claim, you’ll need to ensure that you’re the right person to do so. Wrongful death claims are unique in this sense because the person who actually suffered these deadly injuries isn’t able to seek compensation. Instead, the people closest to them will usually be the ones benefiting from the compensation received in the lawsuit.
Columbia wrongful death claims, however, can’t be filed by any family member. Instead, only the executor of the deceased’s estate can file the claim. This executor or administrator is usually named before the deceased’s passing. If they don’t have an estate plan, the courts will determine who can file the claim.
Fortunately, even if you’re not the executor, you might still recover compensation because the executor doesn’t act only for the estate. Instead, they file the claim on the behalf of the surviving family members. These family members might include the spouse, heirs, or parents. If you are a legal member of the immediate family, then you may be eligible for compensation.
When your family has suffered such a major loss because someone else was negligent, you should receive compensation. These are often economic damages that you were left paying for in the wake of the tragedy. So, if your loved one worked and had a regular income that benefitted your household, you could seek compensation for the loss of these wages.
Unfortunately, your loss was not entirely monetary. You might have lost valuable support, care, and affection, which is intangible but just as important to your daily life as money. While these damages can be difficult to calculate, you should still receive compensation for these losses.
It can be overwhelming to fight back for your compensation. You’re going through a difficult time, and you’ll need support. Fortunately, your wrongful death lawyer in Columbia can review your claim and ensure you’re getting the full compensation you deserve. This compensation could include any of the following damages:
In some cases, the person responsible for your loved one’s death might have acted with extreme negligence. They were intentionally malicious, or their actions were grossly negligent.
In such cases, South Carolina allows for punitive damages, which are a separate type of damages only intended to punish the wrongdoer. Fortunately, you may request these damages in your fatal accident claim. These can be more difficult to seek, but they can help you feel that justice was served and significantly increase the value of your claim.
An experienced attorney can help you determine whether punitive damages are a possibility in your unique case.
Losing a loved one is already a painful experience, but now someone has taken your loved one’s life through negligent or reckless actions. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer in silence; you can fight back against those who hurt your family and hold them financially accountable.
Instead of handling a lawsuit alone while you’re mourning, contact a lawyer from HawkLaw, PA. We’ll review your case and help you get the full compensation you deserve. Our team is waiting for your call to begin fighting for justice for you and your deceased loved one.
If you’ve lost a loved one and you need help, reach out to a Columbia wrongful death lawyer at our firm. Schedule your free consultation by calling 1-888-HAWK-LAW (429-5529) or by filling out the online contact form below.