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Mississippi Wrongful Death Lawyers

Serving Southaven, Hernando & Surrounding Areas

When a loved one dies unexpectedly while in the care of someone else, because of a drunk or negligent driver, or after using a dangerous drug or defective product, family members generally want to know what happened and why. While our civil justice system can deliver these answers, it's not easy to navigate it alone.

Without a lawyer's help, you may not take the right steps in the correct amount of time to receive the answers you need or the compensation you deserve. At the law firm of Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman PLLC, our lawyers represent families who have lost loved ones in fatal accidents. We realize that no amount of money will replace your family member, but we believe it is important to help you get compensated nonetheless.

We can help you and your family through this challenging time. Contact our Southaven wrongful death attorneys today at 662-222-0597. Our firm offers free consultations.

What Is A Wrongful Death Suit?

When a death is caused by the careless or reckless actions of another person, it is considered "wrongful," even if the actions were not criminally negligent, While a criminal court proceeding is about punishing the wrongdoer, a wrongful death action is about compensating the survivors

Family members can seek compensation for losses such as:

  • Medical expenses incurred prior to death
  • Funeral expenses
  • Lost financial support
  • Lost services provided by the family member
  • Loss of consortium or companionship for a spouse
  • Loss of parental guidance for a child
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

How much is a wrongful death claim worth? In short, the answer to this question is very difficult because the circumstances of each case are different and the amount a jury will award varies significantly depending on those circumstances.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Statute Of Limitations

In Mississippi you have three years from the date of your loved one’s passing to file a claim before the statute of limitations runs outs. In cases where the death was the result of an intentional act, the statute of limitations changes to one year from the date of death.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death Claims

Wrongful death claims are often complex and come with unique challenges and circumstances. Some common causes of wrongful deaths in Mississippi include:A memorial cross on the side of the road

As you can see, wrongful death claims are incredibly diverse. At Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman PLLC, our firm has nearly a hundred years of experience handling these types of claims and is equipped to help you fight to hold responsible parties accountable. Contact us today to arrange a free, initial case evaluation.

Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death?

According to Mississippi law, family and statutory beneficiaries of the deceased are eligible to file a wrongful death claim.

The following parties may file a Mississippi wrongful death claim:

  • the personal representative of the deceased person's estate
  • a spouse of the deceased
  • a parent or child of the deceased
  • a sibling of the deceased

It is important to note that Mississippi wrongful death statute does not distinguish whole and half-relatives. Therefore, half-blood relatives of the deceased are entitled to the same rights and compensation as full-blooded relatives. If you have a question about whether you and your family are eligible to file a wrongful death claim, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team. We offer free, initial consultations so you can get answers and determine your next best step.

We Are Your Guides and Support

When family members come to our firm, they are grieving and angry. While nothing we can do will bring your family member back, we can take steps to hold the responsible person accountable. Our wrongful death lawyers know how to properly assess your financial needs, when to file the necessary legal documents, and how to walk you through the process and will give you the support you need to move on with your life.

Call our personal injury law office in Southaven and Hernando at 662-222-0597 to set up a free and confidential appointment with a wrongful death attorney. We also serve Olive Branch, Horn Lake, and all of North Mississippi.

The Representation You Need

  • Each case works off contingency fees. This means that you pay nothing unless we recover for your case.
  • Our team has extensive trial experience. We believe that a jury of twelve fellow citizens is the fairest way ever devised to get you the justice you deserve.
  • When you talk, we listen. Our attorneys treat each and every client's case as unique and provide you personalized care.
  • Our firm is the joining of two legacy practices. Together we bring over 100 years of combined experience to each and every case we handle.

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