Joye Law Firm has been representing accident victims and their families in Columbia and throughout South Carolina for 50 years. Our goal is to have a positive impact on the lives of our clients and to help them move forward after devastating losses. We are gratified that many former clients have shared testimonials about their experience working with Joye Law Firm.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Case?
South Carolina civil law states that a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed by the executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate.
The estate executor pursues the wrongful death lawsuit for the benefit of the immediate family members of the deceased, typically the surviving spouse or children of the deceased person.
If there is no surviving spouse or children, then a wrongful death case may be brought to benefit the parents of the deceased. Parents have a right to recover damages in a wrongful death case even if their child was an adult at the time of death.
If there are no surviving parents, spouse or children, the wrongful death suit is brought for the benefit of the deceased person’s heirs at law.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Columbia
Any type of accident caused by the wrongful act of another may be the basis of a wrongful death action.
- Auto Accidents—Car crashes and other motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of preventable deaths in Richland County. If you have lost a loved one in a car accident in Columbia or elsewhere in the Midlands, turn to our experienced wrongful death lawyers at Joye Law Firm for guidance. Our attorneys can determine whether another motorist is liable for the death of your loved one and explain your legal options for pursuing monetary compensation including medical expenses for the deceased’s treatment, funeral expenses, loss of financial support, loss of household services, and loss of companionship and guidance.
- Defective Products—Unsafe products cause thousands of injuries and deaths each year in the United States. Companies that design, manufacture and sell unsafe products that cause preventable deaths can be held accountable for the harm their products cause through product liability lawsuits. Our defective product attorneys have a record of getting results for our clients, including a $262.5 million verdict for the family of a child killed as a result of a defective door latch and a $5 million settlement for the family of a woman who also died as a result of a defective door latch. Defective product cases are complex and past results are not predictive of future results. But they do show our experience in handling these complex cases.
- Motorcycle Accidents—Many fatal motorcycle crashes are caused by other drivers’ carelessness or failure to see a motorcyclist approaching. Drivers who cause the death of a motorcycle rider may be financially liable for the fatal accident. The motorcyclist’s family may seek compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of their loved one’s household support and other losses.
- Medical Malpractice— Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital or birthing center in Columbia provides substandard care, causing harm to a patient. In the most serious instances, the health care provider’s deviation from the recognized standard of care may cause a patient’s death. You are unlikely to know whether it was substandard medical care that caused your loved one’s death without an independent investigation by a qualified Columbia medical malpractice attorney. Doctors and hospitals will typically not be candid with you if they have made a serious, preventable error. Our Columbia medical malpractice attorneys at Joye Law Firm are ready to help you find out what really happened to your loved one and to hold those accountable who caused a wrongful death.
- Truck Accidents—Tractor-trailers and other large trucks are involved in a disproportionate share of fatal crashes, and the victims of truck accidents typically are occupants of smaller passenger vehicles. After a fatal truck accident in Columbia, multiple parties may have liability including the commercial truck driver, the trucking company, trailer owner, cargo shipper or parts manufacturer. The trucking company and its insurer will have lawyers advising them and defending their interests. You should have a determined Columbia truck accident lawyer guiding your family if a truck accident wrongful death claim is contemplated.
- Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse—Nursing homes in Columbia and throughout South Carolina have a legal duty to provide safe and attentive treatment to those entrusted in their care. If your loved one received substandard care at a nursing home and died as a result, then you may have a right to hold the nursing home accountable through a wrongful death lawsuit. Our experienced Columbia attorneys are available to review the specific facts involving your loved one’s death and evaluate whether you have a valid wrongful death claim related to nursing home neglect or abuse. In our experience helping families facing these heartbreaking situations, a wrongful death lawsuit can focus needed attention on a systemic problem at a nursing home and prevent other families from experiencing similar losses.
Every fatal accident has different facts and circumstances. But legal experience matters when pursuing a wrongful death claim. Our Columbia wrongful death attorneys have more than 150 years of collective litigation experience. We are committed to helping our clients.