Losing somebody you care about due to the negligence of another party is incredibly difficult. However, successfully taking a case to trial can be immensely complicated without the right South Carolina wrongful death attorney by your side. In the aftermath of a tragic loss, the last thing you want to focus on is finding an attorney. Therefore, the following 10 tips may help make this process easier for you and your family.
Wrongful death case experience
When you are looking for an attorney to take your wrongful death case, you need to find someone who has extensive experience handling these exact situations. For example, if your case involves a commercial truck accident, find a wrongful death attorney who has handled these cases before. When you start your search for an attorney, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of lawyers in your area. However, you should quickly be able to narrow down South Carolina wrongful death attorneys who have experience in the right area and are ready to help you.
Wins and losses
When you have determined that an attorney has the experience, you should review their track record of success. You want an attorney on your side who has the ability to win these cases. How many wrongful death lawsuits have they won over the years? How many have they settled out of court for substantial amounts? You want an attorney who is not afraid to take your case all the way to trial if that is what is necessary to obtain maximum compensation.
Standing and reputation
You should check any prospective wrongful death attorney and ensure they are in good standing with the South Carolina Bar Association. After you type in a prospective attorney’s name, scroll down, and see if it says “good standing.” If you see anything other than that, you should continue your search for a different wrongful death attorney.
Ask if any family or friends have worked with the attorney you are considering. Thoroughly read online reviews. The modern era of technology has made most of the review process fairly transparent.
Ask your attorney if they will work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will face no upfront or out-of-pocket costs for your case and will only owe legal fees after your attorney successfully secures the compensation you and your family need.
Ask any SC wrongful death attorney whether or not they have a qualified network of experts that they work with. This can include medical professionals, economic experts, accident reconstruction experts, and more.
You want a wrongful death lawyer who has extensive courtroom experience. While not all wrongful death cases will get to trial, you want an attorney who is going to handle every aspect of the case as if it will go to trial.
Research whether or not the attorney you want to choose is part of any legal organization. There are both national and state-level organizations for attorneys who specialize in wrongful death lawsuits.
Who will work on your case
Ask your attorney about who will specifically be working on your case. You want to know every member of the team who will be helping you, and particularly the person who will be your point of contact with the firm.
Trust your instincts
Ultimately, trust your instincts. If you find an attorney who you are comfortable with, and who has the relevant experience, they may end up being your choice. Remember, this is someone who will get to know you very well, so ensure you choose an honest and forthcoming attorney.
We offer a free consultation
If you have lost a loved one due to the careless or negligent actions of another person or entity, turn to an attorney you can trust both personally and professionally. At The Jeffcoat Firm, our compassionate and experienced team is going to ensure that you are our number one priority. We understand that this is a difficult time for you, so please let us help you secure the compensation you need. When you need a South Carolina wrongful death attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling us at 803-373-1302.
Firm founder Michael Jeffcoat takes pride in having built a law firm that embodies his commitment to helping people who have been injured or wronged. After receiving a B.A. degree in Political Economy and Philosophy at Wofford College in 1994, Jeffcoat went straight to the University of South Carolina School of Law. While there, in addition to his studies, he participated in Moot Court, the University’s trial competition, clerked in two U.S. Attorney’s Offices (Columbia and Seattle) and also the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Jeffcoat completed his Juris Doctor degree in 1997.