South Carolina Wrongful Death
After the death of a family member or other loved one, the last thing people want to face are complicated legal issues and possible disputes about whether someone else might be at fault. Unfortunately, the death of a family member brings significant financial challenges as well as emotional trauma. Financial impacts can include medical expenses, funeral expenses, the loss of a loved one’s income, the education and support of children, and much more.
If the loss of a family member was caused by the negligence or other wrongdoing of someone else, you and your family have a right to see those persons or entities held accountable. Survival action claims compensate a decedent for any harms or losses suffered between a wrongfully inflicted injury and resulting death. Wrongful death claims compensate the survivors and beneficiaries of a decedent’s estate for a variety or economic and non-economic losses.
We offer free initial consultations in wrongful death cases.
We will stand by your side to see that you get compensation to cover all of the harms and losses associated with an untimely death.
Under South Carolina law, only the Personal Representative of a decedent’s estate is authorized to bring claims for survival and wrongful death on behalf of someone who has passed away. To be appointed as a Personal Representative, you must file a Petition with the appropriate Probate Court. Even someone designated as executor in a will must complete this process to serve as a Personal Representative in a survival or wrongful death suit. At Leventis & Ransom, we are well familiar with this probate process. Moreover, no survival or wrongful death claim can be settled by anyone, even the Personal Representative, without the terms of the settlement first being approved by a Probate or Circuit Court judge.
Virtually all of our wrongful death cases are handled on a contingency basis. You are not expected to make any payments for legal services unless we recover compensation for you.
At Leventis & Ransom, we can handle all fatal accident cases, including those related to:
Bicycle crashes: As avid bicyclists, we are committed to standing beside families who have lost loved ones in motor vehicle / bicycle crashes.
Motor vehicle accidents: Our experience can benefit people in car accident fatalities, motorcycle wrecks, truck collisions and drunk driver accidents, as well as boating accidents.
Medical malpractice: We work hard to help family members who have lost loved ones due to medical negligence, including birth trauma, failure to diagnose serious diseases, misdiagnoses, surgical mistakes, radiology errors, anesthesia errors, medication errors and emergency room errors.
Nursing home abuse and neglect: Our team members stand up for the rights of families who have lost loved ones due to abuse or neglect, such as cases involving bedsores, medication errors, unexplained injuries or falls, as well as physical and sexual abuse.
Fire accidents: We help people who have lost loved ones as a result of electrical fires, space heater fires, fires caused by appliance failures, and other fire-related events.
Premises liability: Our attorneys handle cases involving wrongful death caused by owners failing to keep business or residential property in a safe condition, such as slip and falls, dog bites and animal attacks, inadequate security and swimming pool drowning.
Product liability: We stand up for people who have lost loved ones due to defective products, such as toys, power tools, appliances and factory equipment that may be unsafe or have inadequate instructions or warnings.
When you choose us to handle your wrongful death case, you can count on us to provide the personal attention that you and your family deserve.
The Leventis & Ransom law firm is available to serve people in Columbia, the Midlands and throughout South Carolina including the Upstate and Low-country. Our attorneys each have over 29 years of experience that we can put to work for you. To discuss your concerns or schedule a meeting, please call 803.765.2383 or Contact us.
1913 Bull Street Columbia, SC 29201
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