2023 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 15 - Civil Remedies and Procedures
Chapter 51 - Death By Wrongful Act And Lynching
Section 15-51-40. Damages; amount and to whom payable.

Universal Citation: SC Code § 15-51-40 (2023)

In every such action the jury may give damages, including exemplary damages when the wrongful act, neglect, or default was the result of recklessness, wilfulness, or malice, as they may think proportioned to the injury resulting from the death to the parties respectively for whom and for whose benefit such action shall be brought. The amount so recovered shall be divided among the before-mentioned parties in those shares as they would have been entitled to if the deceased had died intestate and the amount recovered had been personal assets of his or her estate. However, upon motion by either parent or any other party of potential interest based upon the decedent having died intestate, the probate court may deny or limit either or both parent's entitlement for a share of the proceeds if the court determines, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the parent or parents failed to reasonably provide support for the decedent as defined in Section 63-5-20 and did not otherwise provide for the needs of the decedent during his or her minority.

HISTORY: 1962 Code Section 10-1954; 1952 Code Section 10-1954; 1942 Code Section 412; 1932 Code Section 412; Civ. P. '22 Section 368; Civ. C. '12 Section 3956; Civ. C. '02 Section 2852; G. S. 2184; R. S. 2316; 1859 (12) 706; 1898 (22) 788; 1901 (23) 743; 1902 (23) 1071; 1994 Act No. 470, Section 2; 1996 Act No. 370, Section 3.

Code Commissioner's Note

At the direction of the Code Commissioner, the reference to Section 20-7-40 was changed to Section 63-5-20 in accordance with 2008 Act No. 361 (Children's Code).

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