Successfully Pursuing a Wrongful Death Claim in South Carolina

In order to have a successful wrongful death action, you must show that the defendant’s behavior was the cause of your family member’s death. There is no requirement to show malice of intention to kill or injure the deceased.

S.C. Code Ann. §§15-51-10 through 60 discusses who has the legal right to bring a Myrtle Beach wrongful death claim. Only the estate’s executor can bring this type of claim. Any damage award is typically split between the spouse, children, and any other heirs according to what they would have been entitled to if the person died intestate, or without a will.

Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Suit

Wrongful death lawsuits allow for recovery of certain types of damages. They are designed to compensate the family for their financial and emotional costs. Damages include:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Medical bills
  • Loss of benefits
  • Loss of earnings, including future wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship or support
  • Punitive damages (in some instances for intentional, wanton, willful, or reckless conduct)

Survival Actions

A survival action is essentially the deceased’s claim rather than a claim for the losses incurred by the family. If the deceased lived for any length of time after the accident, a survival action would be for the damages that the deceased would have been entitled to had he or she not passed away. These include emotional distress, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. Funeral expenses may also be recovered if not already collected through a wrongful death suit, but that is the only post-death expense eligible for a survival action claim.

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.