What is a wrongful death claim?

A wrongful death claim is brought for the benefit of certain family members who have been harmed emotionally and/or financially by the passing of a loved one. When someone is killed by the recklessness and negligence of another's actions, a wrongful death claim is typically actionable.

Section 15-51-20 provides that a wrongful death claim is for:

1. The benefit of the wife, or husband, and child or children, of the person whose death shall have been so caused; and if there is not a wife/husband, child/children, then the

2. Benefit of the parent or parents; and if there is not a parent, then the

3. Benefit of the heirs.

Damages payable by the wrongful death claim are measured by the loss to the beneficiaries, including:

1. Financial loss

2. Mental shock and suffering

3. Wounded feelings

4. Grief and sorrow

5. Loss of society and companionship

Typically, in the event of a wrongful death, you will need an experienced Personal Injury Attorney to help facilitate and settle the claim.

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one by another's negligence, contact Myrtle Beach Injury Lawyers at The Derrick Law Firm for a FREE consultation about your potential wrongful death case. 843-248-7486.

Personal Injury Lawyer Dirk Derrick was voted BEST ATTORNEY by the readers of the Horry Independent (2014-2017) and Myrtle Beach Herald (2016-2017) and will use his 29 years of experience to get you the full value of your case.

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