Jackson Wrongful Death Lawyers
Providing Real Moral Support & Reliable Legal Counsel
At MW Law Firm PLLC – Mama Justice in Jackson, you’re a family member when you come to our firm. That’s why when we hear from a client who has lost a loved one in a fatal accident, we take it to heart and double-down our efforts to the absolute most for them. We want your experience while pursuing justice and compensation through a wrongful death claim to be stress-free, so you can focus on the grieving process you are undoubtedly in right now.
A wrongful death claim can let you seek compensation on behalf of your lost loved one as well as for yourself and other members of your family. No amount of money can undo what happened or help clear the feelings of sorrow gripping you, but money can help you find time to grieve. You deserve to know that you won’t be plunged into a financial crisis after losing your loved one to someone else’s negligence.
What is the Definition of a Wrongful Death?
When someone dies due to the fault of another party, Mississippi law can consider that as a wrongful death. Fault in terms of wrongful death cases can occur when the other party has acted negligently, conducted medical malpractice, manufactured or sold a defective product, or intentionally harmed the victim. In a broader legal definition, Mississippi considers a death wrongful if it results from a situation in which the deceased could have legally filed a personal injury claim had they not passed away.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Mississippi?
You might understandably want to rush down to the courthouse right away to file a wrongful death claim to pursue justice in the name of your lost loved one. However, not everyone can file a wrongful death claim in Mississippi. Only specific parties have that inherent right.
In Mississippi, you can file a wrongful death claim if you are a:
- Surviving spouse
- Surviving parent or child
- Surviving siblings
- Deceased’s estate representative
How is Money Divided in a Wrongful Death Claim?
Only one wrongful death claim can be filed for the untimely and avoidable passing of a loved one, which means a surviving spouse and a surviving child can’t each file a claim. Instead, any damages secured through a settlement or award are provided to the surviving spouse and any surviving children. When there is no spouse or child to claim the compensation, the money can go to a surviving parent, sibling, or the estate, in that order. Although, some damages are paid only to the estate and some are only for beneficiaries.
What Damages Can You Recover?
The damages available in a wrongful death claim are what add to the claim’s value. The more damages there are, the higher the value or worth will be. You and your family deserve the most compensation possible to stay financially stable after losing your loved one and to help you find what might be the starting point of closure.
Damages that could be paid to the deceased’s estate and/or beneficiaries include:
- Final medical care for the deceased
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Deceased’s lost income
- Property repair if applicable
How Long Do You Have to File?
Mississippi uses a three-year statute of limitations for wrongful death claims, which starts on the day the deceased passed away. If the deceased was killed due to an intentional violent act, such as in a murder or manslaughter case, then the statute of limitations is reduced to one year. You can’t file a claim after the statute of limitations expires unless the court makes an incredibly rare exception. Don’t assume you’ll get such an exception, though. Take legal action today.
Mama Justice is a Shoulder to Lean & Cry On
You never have to worry about hiding your emotions when you’re working with the Jackson wrongful death attorneys of Mama Justice. We’re all family here, so we want you to be comfortable whenever you come to our office or communicate with our team. Let it all out and we’ll listen. All the while, we’ll work hard to honor your lost loved one by creating a powerful wrongful death claim that can challenge anything an insurance company throws at it.
We’re here to help. Call our wrongful death lawyers in Jackson at (800) 670-0567.
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