No tragedy can match the trauma of losing a loved one. In addition to the emotional turmoil, surviving family members may face financial struggles if the deceased was a primary source of income.
Although no amount of money can undo the devastation of a loved one’s passing, it may help your family maintain financial security. If you lost a loved one due to another person’s negligence, then you may be able to recover damages via a civil claim.
If the incident happened in South Carolina, contact the Churdar Law Firm. As an injury attorney in Greenville, Doug Churdar can help you pursue compensation for funeral costs, lost income and other damages. He can handle the legal side of your claim so you can focus on your personal well-being.
Schedule a consultation today by calling 864-233-0203. Until then, read on to learn three common causes of wrongful death in South Carolina:
1. Car and Truck Accidents
Auto accidents are the leading causes of wrongful death in the United States. In 2014, nearly 30,000 people lost their lives in crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Of those accidents, 757 happened in South Carolina.
The vast majority of car and truck crashes involve driver error. Speeding, texting, driving under the influence, running stop signs and other acts of negligence can be fatal.
Commercial truck accidents are particularly deadly. According to the IIHS, passenger vehicle occupants composed 68 percent of truck crash deaths in 2014. If a commercial motor vehicle wreck happens due to fatigue or driver error, then the victim’s family may have grounds for a wrongful death claim.
2. Medical Malpractice
Just because a surgery or treatment was ineffective does not mean that a health-care worker was negligent. However, there are times when nurses, doctors and other medical professionals provide an unreasonable standard of care, and patients pay the consequences. Common examples of medical malpractice include:
· Dosage errors;
· Prescription mistakes;
· Operating on the wrong patient;
· Operating on the wrong side of a patient;
· Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis;
· And birth injuries.
3. Product Defects
Product defects can be deadly. Malfunctioning auto parts, safety gear, furniture and just about any other consumer product can cause injuries or worse. If a defect happens during the design, manufacturing or vending of a product, then victims or their loved ones may have grounds for injury claims.
Product liability is a complex area of personal-injury law. Just because your loved one died while using a product does not mean that it was defective. An accident lawyer can evaluate your case, talk to witnesses, gather evidence and determine if you may have grounds for a claim.
If your loved one died due to another person’s negligence, contact the Churdar Law Firm. We can help you avoid mistakes during the claims process such as accepting a low settlement offer. Call 864-233-0203 today to schedule a consultation.