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Wrongful Death Attorney in Columbia, South Carolina
Wrongful death occurs when a person dies as the result of the negligent act of someone else, including a business or other party. These are among the most tragic and heartbreaking cases a law firm handles. Often, wrongful death cases involve more than one at-fault party, which can make pursuing them especially complex. Experiencing the loss of someone close to you can involve significant emotional trauma as well, making it difficult to make decisions on your own. Having an experienced wrongful death attorney is the best way to ensure your loved one’s rights are preserved even when they’re no longer able to speak for themselves.
In South Carolina and Georgia, surviving family members pursuing a wrongful death claim may be able to seek damages for loss of wages for the entire course of the victim’s lifetime, as well as compensation for their grief and sorrow. Determining these damages can be complex, so having an experienced firm that understands the calculations and can hire experts when needed is crucial to ensuring your claim is properly handled. It’s also important to begin working with a skilled wrongful death attorney as soon as possible following the death of your loved one so the accident investigation can begin while memories and other evidence are still fresh.
At Best & Flatt, P.A. we’ve been helping victims of wrongful death protect their rights and those of their loved ones for more than two decades. We understand the sensitive and personal nature of these cases, and we work tirelessly to provide thorough yet compassionate representation. If you’ve lost a loved one through someone else’s negligence, call us today at 803-252-1800 to learn how we can help.
Verdicts & Settlements
Car Versus Horse Accident
Our client ran into a horse which got loose from adjoining property. Our claim was that the horse owner was negligent in failing to keep the horse confined, including improper fencing. Client sustained significant injuries to the spine. A settlement of $300,000 plus future payments of $2,000/month for lifetime was achieved.
Premises Liability/Wrongful Death
A man was killed due to a hazardous condition created by a major corporation and supplier. He left behind two adult children. The case was resolved at mediation for $3.2 million.
Our client had a head injury following a concussion at work. She had some orthopedic complaints as well. An IME procured by defense counsel indicated she had a very limited impairment and was fully able to work. We were able to obtain a statement from the primary treating physician indicating that she was totally and permanently disabled due to organic brain injury. Recovery after mediation was $300,000.
Our two clients, a husband and wife, were hit by a drunk driver. Both of them spent weeks in the hospital with multiple surgeries. The at-fault driver had fairly low coverage, but the clients had good under insured motorist coverage. Total recovery was $1 million, which was the combined policy limits.
Dram Shop/Wrongful Death
Two minors procured alcohol from a package store and became intoxicated. Later that evening they ran off the road and were killed in a one-car accident. Suit was filed and extensive discovery conducted. Major issues of comparative negligence were raised. The case settled prior to trial for $500,000.
A man was seriously injured while driving a work truck. At issue was how many policies of under insured motorist coverage he could stack, or accumulate. They were business policies, and he owned the business. The insurer took the position that the business was the insured, not the man, and that he could not stack policies. Case settled while in litigation in federal court for $600,000.
Dram Shop/Wrongful Death
Our clients sister was killed after a night of drinking at a local establishment when the driver she was riding with, while intoxicated, crashed into another car. Major issues of comparative negligence were raised. Sum total of recovery between car insurance and tavern liability (dram shop) was $550,000.
Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death
A man presented to his family physician with various symptoms and test results indicating cardiac disease. He was let go with no substantial treatment. Shortly afterward he died of a heart attack. Case was settled with the insurance company for the practice group in the amount of $500,000.
Slip & Fall/Brain Injury
Our client slipped and fell on a foreign substance in a local grocery store. It was alleged that the grocer either caused or had notice of the substance, and that our client sustained permanent brain injury following a concussion. A lawsuit was filed, and voluminous discovery was conducted, including multiple depositions of medical providers and fact witnesses. The defense denied being at fault and denied the extent of the injuries. The case settled at mediation for $495,000.
Our client had a herniated disk following a work-related injury. He had fusion surgery by a neurosurgeon. Our contention was that he was permanently and totally disabled. Recovery was $200,000.
Any result we may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.