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Date: 12-22-2023

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Webster J. Sessions v. Stephen Brantley Danzey and United Services Automobile Association (USAA)

Case Number: 3:21-cv-01245

Judge: Donald C. Coggins, Jr.

Court: United States District Court for the District of South Carolina (Richland County)

Plaintiff's Attorney:

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Defendant's Attorney: Aaron Jameson Hayes, Jesse Ryan Oates , Mark Steven Barrow

Description: Columbia, South Carolina personal injury car wreck lawyers represented the Plaintiff who sued the Defendants on auto negligence, wrongful death, and underinsured motorist theories claiming to have suffered more than $75,000 in damages and injuries as a direct result of the death of Louise R. Peterson.

Navigating the Legal Landscape of South Carolina Wrongful Death

Dealing with the aftermath of a wrongful death is an incredibly difficult and emotional time.

Here's an overview of some key points:

1. Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

In South Carolina, the immediate family members of the deceased, such as spouses, children, or parents, have the right to file a wrongful death claim. The order of priority for filing is outlined in specific state statutes.

2. Grounds for Wrongful Death Claims:

A wrongful death claim can be filed if the deceased's death was caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional wrongdoing of another person or entity. This could include car accidents, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, or product liability cases.

3. Damages Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Claim:

If a wrongful death claim is successful, the family may be entitled to recover various damages, including:

Economic damages: Lost wages, medical expenses, and future earning potential of the deceased.
Non-economic damages: Pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship.
Punitive damages: In rare cases, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the responsible party for egregious conduct.

4. Statute of Limitations:

There is a strict time limit for filing wrongful death claims in South Carolina. Generally, you have three years from the date of the death to file your claim.

5. Seeking Legal Help:

Wrongful death cases are complex and involve significant legal nuances. It is highly recommended to consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney in South Carolina who can guide you through the legal process and help you navigate your options.


My purpose is to provide informative and helpful resources, not legal advice.
Every wrongful death case is unique and requires specific legal guidance.
Consulting with a qualified attorney is crucial to understand your rights and pursue the best course of action.

Outcome: 12/21/2023 51 NOTICE of Cancellation of Hearing: Jury Selection set for Tuesday, 2/6/2024 09:30 AM in Columbia # 5, Matthew J. Perry, Court House, 901 Richland St, Columbia before Honorable Donald C Coggins Jr. Jury Trial set for Tuesday, 2/20/2024 - Thursday, February 22, 2024 09:00 AM in Columbia # 5, Matthew J. Perry, Court House, 901 Richland St, Columbia before Honorable Donald C Coggins Jr. (alew) (Entered: 12/21/2023)
12/21/2023 52 ORDER DISMISSING CASE without costs and without prejudice to the right of either party, upon good cause shown within sixty (60) days, to reinstate the action if settlement is not consummated. Signed by Honorable Donald C Coggins, Jr on 12/21/23. (alew) (Entered: 12/21/2023)

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