Charleston Wrongful Death Lawyers
Losing a loved one is devastating, especially when the death is unexpected – and caused by another’s recklessness or negligence. Pursuing justice for the deceased is a heavy burden to bear, adding to the weight of grief.
Hoffman Law Firm has helped countless families in Charleston, SC achieve the justice their loved ones deserve, offering hope to those enduring tough times. Our experienced team will handle everything, allowing you to mourn your loss without the added stress of a wrongful death lawsuit.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death can occur from a wide range of circumstances. The following examples may result in a civil action on behalf of the deceased:
- Medical malpractice
- Car/trucking accident caused by a negligent or reckless driver
- Defective product or medical device
- Vehicle defect/recall
- Nursing home neglect or abuse
Determining fault requires proof that the death was caused by the at-fault party’s deliberate actions or negligence. This is seldom a simple task, and requires a deep understanding of South Carolina law. That’s why it’s incredibly important to have a legal team behind you – one with tried-and-true experience handling this unique type of case in Charleston and surrounding counties.
Compensation for Your Claim
There are two components involved in calculating the financial value of your case: a wrongful death claim and survival action. Hoffman Law Firm’s wrongful death lawyers can help you understand the difference between the two before estimating potential damages.
A wrongful death claim refers to the impact on surviving family members, such as funeral costs, future loss of income and outstanding medical bills.
Survival action, however, provides reimbursement for the losses that the decedent suffered between their personal injury and death – such as lost wages and pain and suffering.
Under the common law, the family member closest to the deceased can pursue a wrongful death action, and therefore, recover compensation. This may be a parent, child or spouse, depending on the circumstances.
Types of Damages
While the law cannot ease your personal loss, economic damages are awarded to ease the financial burden caused by a loved one’s absence. They may include compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Funeral/burial costs
- Loss of decedent’s income
- Loss of decedent’s financial contribution to the household
Non-economic damages may be tougher to quantify, but often include compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship, love, etc
- Loss of consortium
Speak With a Wrongful Death Attorney Today
If your family member died in an accident in the Charleston area, Hoffman Law Firm can help. From Mount Pleasant to Moncks Corner, our wrongful death attorneys are committed to serving Lowcountry families – and fighting for the justice their loved ones deserve.
Schedule your free consultation at our conveniently-located North Charleston office today.