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Elements of Wrongful Death: Here’s What You Need to Know for Your Case

Suddenly losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence is a travesty. It should never happen. We’re here to help with your healing. Receiving fair compensation can play a role in that process. However, we’re here for more than just your financial benefit. We’re a resource to help guide and support you on your next steps during this trying time.  If your loved one lost his or her life as a result of someone else’s negligence, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced South Carolina wrongful death attorney.

The Elements of your Wrongful Death Claim

In order to bring a successful wrongful death claim in the state of South Carolina, all of the following four elements must be present:

  • Negligence – Your loved one’s death must have been caused by the negligence of someone or by an entity like a company (like a medical facility or a department).
  • Breach of Duty – Your claim will need to demonstrate that the person whose negligence caused your loved one’s death owed him or her a duty of care (the way motorists and medical professionals do) and that this duty was breached.
  • Causation – You must be able to demonstrate that the negligent party’s breach of duty caused your loved one’s death.
  • Damages – You must be able to show that your loved one’s death led to quantifiable damages (or losses).

Reach out to an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney Today

The dedicated wrongful death attorneys at Jeffcoat Injury and Car Accident Lawyers – proudly serving both Lexington and Columbia, South Carolina and elsewhere throughout the state – understand that you face a difficult road forward and are here to help. To learn more, don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 803-200-2000 today.

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Is the loss I’ve suffered a wrongful death?

If you lost a love one as a result of someone else’s negligence, such as in a traffic accident that was caused by a negligent driver, yes, it could be.

What if I can’t afford legal counsel?

Reputable wrongful death attorneys tend to work on contingency, which means that your attorney will be paid a predetermined percentage of your settlement. At Jeffcoat Injury and Car Accident Lawyers we only get paid in wrongful death cases if we win compensation for you.

Can I file the claim on my own?

Filing a claim yourself is within your rights. However, the insurance company’s job is to pay you as little as possible. We know their tricks and secrets. Having an experienced wrongful death attorney can help make sure that they don’t take advantage of you.


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