Tupelo Wrongful Death Attorneys
Supporting Families During Tragic Times
Our entire team of legal professionals at MW Law Firm PLLC - Mama Justice in Tupelo would like to extend our sincere condolences to you and your family after losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. There are no words that can describe the grief and pain you are going through. We know that you are probably distracted, frustrated, and looking for some sense of justice and closure. A wrongful death claim managed by our lawyers could help.
When you lose a loved one to the negligent, careless, or malicious actions of another person or party, a wrongful death claim can secure much-needed compensation to help you stay financially afloat while you try to recover from your grief. It would be our honor to help you understand your rights as the surviving family members of a loved one who has been taken away too soon. Even if you are not yet ready to begin legal action against the liable party, we encourage you to explore your options today because a little bit of knowledge know can help you find confidence and your footing later.
What Family Members Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Mississippi law only allows certain people to file a wrongful death claim.
The four parties who can bring a wrongful death claim are:
- Surviving spouse
- Surviving parent or child
- Surviving siblings
- Deceased’s estate representative
Damages that are won through a wrongful death claim, either through a settlement or award, are divided among the surviving spouse and children first. Parents and children can receive damages if there is no eligible spouse or child. With this said, there is a chance that the person who files the claim might not receive any of the monetary compensation, such as could be the case if an estate representative files it.
What Damages are in a Wrongful Death Case?
The damages that you can get in a wrongful death claim are similar yet also noticeably different from those that you can get from a personal injury claim. Mississippi allows you to seek damages owed to both the estate and the beneficiaries.
Some of these damages could include:
- Medical costs related to the deceased’s final treatments
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Property repair costs, such as after a car accident
- Loss of companionship suffered by family members
- Income the deceased would have earned in life
- Pain and suffering of all affected parties
You should be aware that Mississippi has caps on the non-economic damages that you can collect through a wrongful death claim. Non-economic damages are those that do not have concrete receipts, bills, and expenses tied to them, like pain, suffering, and hardships. For example, medical malpractice claims have non-economic caps of $500,000. Economic damages related to medical bills, lost wages, etc. are not capped, though.
Mississippi Wrongful Death Claim Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Mississippi is split. If your loved one passed away due to negligence, then the statute is three years. If an intentional act ended their life, though, then the statute is just one year. To be safe, you should try to get your claim moving within the year. Once the statute of limitations expires, any wrongful death claim that you file can be dismissed by the court arbitrarily.
Honor Your Loved One’s Memory with Our Help
Mama Justice is all about uplifting our clients and giving them hope when things seem rough. If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s mistakes, then we genuinely want to get the chance to be your chosen team of wrongful death attorneys in Tupelo. We are known throughout the community for being able to blend professional legal assistance with authentic care and kindness. While we move your case forward, we will also be there to provide much-needed moral support.
Call (662) 262-6264 whenever you are ready to talk about what happened with our Tupelo wrongful death lawyers.