Some accidents end in the tragic loss of life that has a lasting impact on the families and loved ones left behind. Though there is no replacement for such a loss, a wrongful death case can provide monetary compensation to help absorb some of the consequences of that loss. When someone is killed in Gulfport by the negligence of another, due a criminal act, a defective product, or when the victim dies before trial, it is important to have a lawyer who understands the multiple legal remedies which may be available. Careful consideration by an experienced wrongful death attorney is essential when deciding to bring a claim. After the initial shock of grief and sadness begins to fade, families are often faced with the financial hardships due to the loss of the deceased loved one’s earnings. Costs such as unpaid medical bills and funeral expenses remain long after the funeral. If a loved one’s death was caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional act of another, family members can recover for their pain, suffering, and monetary losses by filing a wrongful death claim against the responsible party.
Mississippi’s Wrongful Death Act
Mississippi wrongful death cases are controlled by specific statutes adopted by the Mississippi legislature. Under Mississippi’s wrongful death statute, a lawsuit for a wrongful death claim can only be brought by the personal representative of the estate of the decedent, the spouse of the descendant, the decedent’s parent or child, and the decedent’s siblings. The amount of compensation is based on the financial and economic impact suffered by those eligible to recover under the Mississippi wrongful death statute. If you have experienced such a tragedy, please call us at (228) 206-5758 for your free consultation.
Our Mississippi wrongful death attorneys handle cases involving:
- Car Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Crime Victims
- Railroad collisions and Train Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Parking Lot Shootings
- Premises Liability
- Negligent Security
- Products Liability
- Cruise Ship Accidents
- Marine and Boating Accidents
- Apartment Shootings
Possible Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The kind and amount of compensation wrongful death beneficiaries are entitled to in Mississippi depends on their relationship to the decedent. Damages can be calculated based on the value of lost support and services prior to the death, and for the estimated value of lost future services and support. Matters are complicated by the difficulty in calculating these values — each case will be different based on the relationships between the decedent and the Mississippi wrongful death beneficiaries. In most cases, experts must be retained in order to establish the type and amount of compensation available. The most common type of damages are related to the decedent’s income and earning capacity, but additional damages can cover mental pain and suffering that resulted from the unexpected death, which includes pain and suffering of the surviving family members as well as any potential pain and suffering of the deceased person prior to their death. Further, spouses and children may recover for the loss of companionship they suffer as a result of the wrongful death. As you can imagine, valuing this type of loss is very difficult and it is important that you have an experienced Mississippi wrongful death attorney to assist you.
Contact an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney Today for a Free Consultation
Anyone who, through their intentional act or omission, or through their negligence, causes the wrongful death of a loved one, must be held accountable. The wrongful death attorneys at Cassidy Lee Anderson, PLLC are here to protect your rights and fight to see that justice is served. Call us at (228) 206-5758 to schedule a free consultation to see how we can help you in your Mississippi wrongful death case.