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If someone else’s negligence caused a member of your family to suffer fatal injuries, you might have a civil case against them. South Carolina law may allow you to hold them legally responsible for your family’s expenses and losses. A Columbia wrongful death lawyer can help.
The attorneys at Louthian Law Firm, P.A. work for families who lost someone in a wrongful death accident. We can assess your legal rights and the next steps you should take to recover compensation. Let us file your insurance claim or lawsuit. Contact us today for your free legal case consultation with our team.
Any time someone else’s negligence causes fatal injuries, a wrongful death claim or lawsuit may be appropriate. The best way to learn the next steps is to speak with an attorney who will review the situation and your legal rights for free. Our team has someone available to talk with you now.
Some ways wrongful deaths occur in Columbia include:
Other accidents, incidents, and situations could support a lawsuit or insurance claim. Our team is here to help you understand your family’s options after the tragic loss of your loved one. You do not have to try to get justice on your own.
At Louthian Law Firm, P.A., we understand that your family suffered losses that compensation cannot heal. However, you should not struggle with the financial challenges another party’s negligence caused.
An insurance claim or lawsuit could help you recover compensation for the following damages:
In some cases, punitive damages may be available in a wrongful death case in South Carolina. These damages penalize the negligent party for intentional or negligent behavior. Our team will assess whether we believe punitive damages may be available for your family based on the facts of your case.
At Louthian Law Firm, P.A., our attorneys work one-on-one with each client to ensure they get the attention and resources they need and deserve.
When we take on a case, our clients can expect:
Attorney Herb Louthian founded Louthian Law Firm, P.A. to help South Carolinians get justice back in 1959. He believed—and still does today—that accident victims and their families deserve to recover compensation for their injuries, expenses, and losses. Victims should not have to pay for the damages they suffered through another party’s negligence.
Today, our personal injury lawyers continue to fight for justice for our clients. Our attorneys have more than eight decades of combined legal experience in South Carolina personal injury cases. We know what it takes to navigate the process, support a claim, and recover compensation for injuries and accidents.
At Louthian Law Firm, P.A., we know that losing a loved one can cause immense financial strain on a family. It is never easy to adjust financially to the expenses from the sudden loss of their income. For this reason, we never ask our clients to pay anything before we close their cases.
Our team never requires upfront payments. You only pay attorney’s fees from the settlement we recover on your behalf. Our fee structure grants us a portion of this settlement based on a pre-agreed percentage.
We even take the money straight from the check we receive in your case, ensuring you never pay out of pocket for your legal fees. We can explain our pricing and fee structure more during your initial consultation with our team.
For more than 50 years, our team has fought for compensation for our clients. We have a reputation for recovering fair and just settlements and payouts for those we represent.
Our wrongful death case results include:
We cannot guarantee a win in your case. Still, our track record of recovering fair compensation for our clients shows we know how to prove, file, and negotiate these cases with insurance companies and liable parties. When we work with you to hold the at-fault parties legally responsible, we can fight for the settlement or verdict your family deserves.
When your loved one suffered a catastrophic injury, they may have passed away at the scene or gone by ambulance or MedEvac helicopter to one of the area’s trauma centers. Every family’s story differs. Some may have endured attempts to stabilize them until their body could not hold on any longer. Others may have passed away from complications weeks or even months later.
The desire for justice and accountability is similar for every family we represent. While some at-fault parties could face criminal charges for their actions, most do not.
A civil case may be the only way to hold the liable party accountable for your loved one’s death. This is where our team comes in. We want to help you recover compensation. We do not believe your family should have to pay the bills and cover the losses related to your loved one’s accident. Through this process, we also hold the at-fault parties liable for their role in these accidents.
Developing support for an insurance claim or lawsuit requires our team to investigate what happened and gather evidence to show who acted negligently and how. This evidence enables us to convince the insurer or jury of liability. We must show liability to get a fair and just payout in any personal injury or wrongful death case.
We must establish four elements to prove negligence:
For example, imagine a drunk driver ran a red light and T-boned your loved one in a Columbia intersection. The law obliged the driver to drive sober and stop at the red light. They drove under the influence and failed to stop, directly causing the collision. Your loved one suffered fatal injuries and passed away at the hospital.
We need evidence to document what happened and hold this driver accountable through an insurance claim or civil suit.
The evidence, in this case, might include:
At Louthian Law Firm, P.A., we know what it takes to hold a person or entity legally responsible for a wrongful death. We build these cases regularly and help our clients recover just compensation. We can discuss your options with you for free today.
Many wrongful death claims settle without going to trial. You can expect the following when we file a wrongful death claim: we file a claim, present evidence to the insurer, and demand a fair payout. The insurer may offer you less money than you deserve. In this case, we negotiate until we reach an appropriate agreement.
When necessary, we may need to file a lawsuit against the liable party or parties in your loved one’s wrongful death case. Filing a lawsuit does not mean the case will go to a jury trial; many still end with a negotiated settlement. However, going to court is possible.
Some reasons why a lawsuit might be necessary in your case include:
Whether we file an insurance claim or lawsuit, our team will stand by you and your family throughout this process. We have the knowledge, resources, and experience to recover the compensation you need and deserve based on your loved one’s passing. We believe in protecting our clients’ rights and fighting for their best interests throughout this process, from start to finish.
South Carolina’s statute of limitations creates a time limit for filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Under South Carolina law, victims and their families generally have up to three years to sue. In a wrongful death case, this countdown typically begins on the date of the victim’s death.
Missing this deadline could mean you lose the right to sue. The court bars the lawsuit. The insurer now knows you do not have any leverage if they do not pay you anything.
Acting too late can hurt the strength of your case, too. We encourage you to connect with us in the first days and weeks after your loved one’s passing instead of months later to avoid jeopardizing your case. Even though the statute of limitations gives you up to three years to take legal action, the evidence you need does not last forever.
Some evidence can disappear within a few days or weeks, such as:
Hiring an attorney as early in the process as possible allows us to develop a strong case with the maximum amount of evidence available.
You can speak with a member of the Louthian Law Firm, P.A. team for free today. We provide free consultations and case assessments for families who lost loved ones in collisions, falls, and other injury accidents. We will evaluate the facts of what happened and explain how we may be able to help you seek justice for your family.
Contact us via our online form or call us at (803) 454-1200 for your free consultation today. Remember that you pay us nothing up front for our help. You only pay us if we recover compensation for you.
1116 Blanding St., #3A
Columbia, SC 29201