Wrongful Death Claims in South Carolina: Legal Considerations

A wrongful death claim is a legal action seeking compensation for the death of an individual due to another person’s or party’s negligence or intentional misconduct. Here at The Carolina Law Group, we handle wrongful death claims to help surviving family members get the justice and closure they need, as well as hold the negligent party responsible for their actions. Wrongful death claims can help surviving family members deal with financial burdens such as medical bills, funeral costs, and loss of future income, as well as compensate for the pain of losing a loved one.

If you have lost a loved one in an accident and are thinking about bringing a wrongful death claim against the responsible party, here are some legal aspects of wrongful death suits to consider.

The Immediate Steps to Take After a Car Accident in Greenville, SC

Do you know what to do right after a car accident? If you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident in Greenville or elsewhere in South Carolina, the steps you take in the hours and days immediately following the accident matter. What you do – or don’t do – can have a big effect on how the accident is settled and for how much.

We’ve previously covered what not to do after a car accident. Here is what to do after a car accident, from a car accident attorney’s point of view.

Preventing Truck Accidents: Safety Tips for South Carolina Drivers

Since large trucks are so much bigger and heavier than regular passenger cars and motorcycles, accidents involving large trucks are disproportionately more damaging than accidents involving just passenger cars. Nearly 3,000 people died in traffic accidents involving tractor-trailers and other large trucks in 2020, and many thousands more were injured.

We help many people who are injured in a big truck accident here in South Carolina get the compensation they need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other economic and noneconomic damages. It’s gratifying to help people at a very difficult time in their life and to see justice done. But in an ideal world, there would be no such accidents at all.

You can’t control what other drivers do on the road. However, you can practice safe driving habits when sharing the road with big rigs and other large trucks to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a truck accident.

Calculating Workers’ Compensation Benefits: What You’re Entitled To

What benefits are you entitled to under South Carolina’s workers’ compensation program? Depending on the nature and severity of the illness or injury, South Carolina workers are entitled to certain types of compensation that are paid out at a rate pre-determined by law. That means South Carolina workers can reasonably know what to expect if they experience a workplace-related injury or illness.

Snow and Ice Slip and Fall Accidents: Legal Considerations

We don’t get much snow and ice down here in South Carolina, but when we do, they pose a risk for accidents. Slip and fall accidents involving ice and snow can lead to serious injuries and even death, especially among seniors, for whom falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for people 65+.

Some slip and fall accidents are just accidents. But what about slip and falls that result from another person’s negligence? What are the legal considerations of a snow-related slip and fall accident in South Carolina?

What is the Most Common Type of Occupational Disease?

An “occupational disease” is defined in South Carolina Code 42-11-10 as “a disease arising out of and in the course of employment that is due to hazards in excess of those ordinarily incident to employment and is peculiar to the occupation in which the employee is engaged.” That is, an occupational disease – also called an occupational illness – is not just an illness that leads to days away from work, but it’s a disease that is directly caused by an employee’s working conditions. 

Most occupational diseases are covered by workers’ compensation in South Carolina, but it can be challenging to prove that the disease was directly the result of working conditions. (Read more about this on our blog, How to Get Workers’ Compensation for Occupational Disease in South Carolina.)

What is the most common type of occupational disease in the U.S.? It’s not possible to say for sure what the single most common one is, but the following occupational diseases are some of the most common in the U.S.

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