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

Has Your Loved One Died To The Negligence Of Others?

If you're loved one has died due someone else's negligence you should speak to a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Charleston, South Carolina office directly at 843.488.2359 to schedule your consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our ConwayMyrtle BeachMurrells InletMt. PleasantNorth Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations. 

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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.