Are You Eligible to File a Mississippi Wrongful Death Claim?Mississippi Legal News
Losing a loved one after an accident is difficult to handle for families that remain. The emotional toll can be significant and depending on the role the deceased had in a home, so can the financial losses. A negligent party whose careless actions caused events that lead to the death of another can be held accountable for their actions by way of a Mississippi wrongful death claim.
Like every state, Mississippi has its own laws as to who is eligible to file a wrongful death claim. To ensure that families get the most from their wrongful death claim, working with a Jackson wrongful death attorney is recommended. Germany Law Firm, PLLC is an injury firm that understands no amount of money can heal the pain of losing a loved one, but financial compensation can help families cover the costs associated with a loss and that may support finding closure.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Mississippi?
Wrongful death in Mississippi takes place when one party loses their life because of the negligent actions of another. Wrongful deaths can happen in many ways including:
- Negligence like car accidents or not maintaining a safe property.
- Defective and malfunctioning products.
- Medical errors.
The following individuals are eligible to file a Mississippi wrongful death claim:
- A personal representative or executor of the estate.
- A surviving spouse.
- Surviving parents.
- Surviving children.
- Surviving siblings.
Even though there are several parties that have the right to file a claim, only one claim can be put forth. Though, if more than one of the eligible parties wants to join the lawsuit that is permissible. Wrongful death suits that are the result of negligence must be brought within three years from the date that the death happened. This timeframe is Mississippi’s statute of limitations. But if the death took place after an intentional act like assault the statute of limitations is only one year.
Individuals who are left behind after their loved one has passed on deserve compensation. In a wrongful death claim in Mississippi, the following damages can be included and paid for in the settlement:
- Final expenses and burial costs.
- Pain and suffering that was inflicted on the deceased.
- The loss of mentorship or companionship.
- Lost wages that the deceased would have contributed to the family if they had not lost their life.
- Property damages.
- Medical expenses.
Speak to a Mississippi Wrongful Death Attorney Today
Germany Law Firm, PLLC will fight to ensure that victims get the full amount of money owed to them after they had to endure the loss of a loved one by another person’s negligence. Wrongful death settlements in Mississippi are limited by the state’s caps. For non-economic damages, the most a claimant can get is $1,000,000. When a death happened from medical malpractice though, the cap changes to $500,000.
To learn more about how you can get the compensation that you deserve after you suffered a tragic loss, you can schedule a free consultation with Bob Germany. Bob Germany is a Jackson wrongful death lawyer that will meet with you and help you with your claim. Call today at (601) 487-0555.