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Is the death of a loved one grounds for a wrongful death claim?

If you lost a loved one in an accident, you know how difficult it can be to move on with your life. From the intense grief you are experiencing to the financial losses that may have impacted your family, an unexpected death can be detrimental to any South Carolina family.

wrongful death claim cannot reverse what happened, but it can help surviving family members recoup some of the financial losses that often accompany the loss of a loved one. You may have grounds for this legal option as well, and you would be wise to take quick action to learn more about how you can protect your interests.

How do I know if I have a valid claim?

It can be difficult to know if you have grounds to move forward with a civil claim after a wrongful death. Despite what you may think about your legal options, you may have a strong case if the following elements are present:

  • The death of a family member
  • Evidence that financial suffering is affecting the family because of the fatality
  • Proof that the fatality is the result of negligence or wrongful actions
  • The appointment of a person to act as representative of the estate

Once the above things are in place, you may move forward with the appropriate steps necessary to claim restitution through a wrongful death claim.

Common reasons for wrongful death claims

Not every death merits the need to file a civil claim. However, your family may find this choice to be both prudent and necessary if you lost a loved one as a direct or indirect result of the following:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Car accident
  • Other types of motor vehicle accidents
  • Criminal activity
  • Fatality during a supervised activity
  • Occupational exposure to toxic substances
  • Occupational hazards

While not an exhaustive list, these are some of the most common reasons why surviving family members file wrongful death claims. You and your loved ones do not have to suffer from the negligent and harmful actions of another person alone and without hope of financial recovery.

What you need for a strong future

Rebuilding your life after a fatal accident can be difficult, especially if you are also experiencing financial duress as the result of your loss. Fortunately, you have the right to seek restitution, which could help you deal with medical bills, funeral costs and the impact of the loss of income.

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