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 this stressful time in your life 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, 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.
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.
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
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Construction accidents
- Truck accidents
As you can see, wrongful death claims are incredibly diverse. At Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman, 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.
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.
Contact us now to set up a free and confidential appointment with a wrongful death attorney.
Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman helps their clients whose loved ones have died a wrongful death throughout Northern Mississippi including the cities of Southaven and Hernando as well as the counties of DeSoto, Marshall, Tate, and Tunica.