The Role of a Personal Representative in a Mississippi Wrongful Death SuitMississippi Legal News
When a tragedy happens and you lose a loved one in a fatal Mississippi accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, there are certain people who have the right to file a Mississippi wrongful death claim for compensation. Like injury incidents, wrongful death cases can also vary in the details of what happened and this information will be used to determine what damages to include in your claim as well as to calculate how much your claim is worth. Some examples of damages that may potentially be included in a Mississippi wrongful death claim include:
- Medical expenses
- Payment for your loved one’s burial or funeral and other final expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of companionship
- Punitive damages
The loss of a loved one is tragic and can take time to come to terms with. When you lose a loved one too early because another party was careless with their behavior, it can be even more difficult to cope with the situation. The Mississippi wrongful death attorney at the Germany Law Firm will know how to assess your case and discuss with you what damages you are entitled to and what the value of your claim should be.
What Does a Personal Representative Do?
In Mississippi, as is the case in other states, only a select few people are allowed to file a Jackson wrongful death claim for compensation:
- A surviving spouse when there are no children can file a claim and obtain full compensation.
- A surviving spouse with children will split the settlement amount coming from a wrongful death claim.
- When children are present but the parents are not married, compensation is split up between the children.
- A couple that is not married and has no children will see the settlement money divided between the surviving family members of the deceased.
A personal representative can also file a Mississippi wrongful death suit for the surviving family members when they are eligible for compensation. A personal representative will handle all aspects of the wrongful death claim including taking care of the assets that the deceased left behind, working with the Mississippi wrongful death attorney, taking the settlement money, and distributing that money in the right amount to the proper parties.
Because of the significant role that a personal representative may take should you lose your life in a fatal accident, it is important to include exactly who you want to be your personal representative in your will. Taking the time to think about who is best suited to be your personal representative will give you peace of mind that your estate will be handled accordingly. Once you determine the right fit, naming the individual in your estate planning documents will make things go smoother should the time come that they are needed.
Speak with a Mississippi Wrongful Death Attorney Today
The loss of a loved one can take a toll on family members who are grieving, and handling legal challenges that come with a wrongful death suit in Mississippi can be too much to take on. Bob Germany is a Jackson wrongful death lawyer who can manage your wrongful death claim and fight on your behalf to obtain the compensation you deserve. To schedule your free consultation, call the Germany Law Firm today at (601) 487-0555.