Wrongful Death Lawyers in Jackson, MS
Richard Schwartz & Associates
Will Take Care of You & Your Claim
Providing Skillful Legal Representation to Bereaved Family Members
Suffering the untimely loss of a loved one is excruciatingly painful, particularly if their death could have been avoided. Aside from the emotional toll of the loss, you may face circumstances for which you never prepared. Moving forward without a co-parent, provider, caregiver, or any of the other roles a late family member played in your life can require huge adjustments. It is, therefore, common to feel disoriented and anxious—or even at a loss for what to do next—in this situation.
If you have lost a loved one in a preventable accident, our team at Richard Schwartz & Associates Injury Lawyers, P.A. wants to help you hold the at-fault party accountable. We know nothing can make up for your loss, but having the negligent party answer for what they have done may bring you a much-needed sense of closure, as well as help you recover compensation for the losses (or damages) incurred by you, your loved one’s estate, and/or your loved one between the time of the accident and the time of their passing.
Choose a Highly Experienced Team
At Richard Schwartz & Associates Injury Lawyers, P.A., we can explain the legal process to you and help you explore the potential benefits of filing suit. Since we first opened our firm, we have remained committed to serving clients using a tailored, honest approach centered on communication.
We have extensive experience with litigating wrongful death cases, such as those involving:
- Auto accidents;
- Motorcycle crashes;
- Trucking accidents;
- Medical negligence;
- Defective products;
- Hazardous property conditions;
- Dangerous and defective drugs;
- And more.
Our attorney team has represented bereaved families in civil court for over 30 years. All it takes is one call to get in touch with a member of our qualified team.
Filing a Wrongful Death Suit in Jackson
Like all personal injury cases, wrongful death claims and lawsuits are available to those who have been harmed by someone else’s negligence. When looking at a person’s eligibility to file one of these suits, state law considers whether the victim would have had cause to bring a claim had they survived the accident/incident.
Making the decision to take legal action is not easy, but learning more about the legal process can help you determine whether doing so is the right decision for you. If you are considering taking action, be sure to ask our lawyers about the statute of limitations for your case so you do not miss your window of eligibility.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In Mississippi, a wrongful death lawsuit must, in most cases, be filed by a direct blood relative or adopted child. If there are many relatives who want to file suit, they must do so together, not through multiple individual lawsuits.
The law allows the following relations of the decedent to pursue action:
- Estate representative
Other interested parties (dependents of the decedent) may also be able to join the suit. If you have questions about your eligibility, our team of trial lawyers can inform you of your legal rights in a free consultation.
How Is Wrongful Death Proven?
To prevail in a wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiff (the person filing suit) must prove the victim would have lived if it had not been for the defendant’s negligence. The plaintiff must also show the defendant owed the victim a duty of care and that the duty of care was breached, directly causing the death of the victim. Because wrongful death can be difficult to prove, it is likely in your best interests to secure knowledgeable legal representation.
Why Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney?
Wrongful death lawsuits are about more than money—they are about providing the surviving loved ones of the decedent closure and financial support. A jury verdict or settlement in your favor may help you rebuild your life in the wake of mounting bills, lost wages and benefits, lost companionship, funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
If any of the following apply to your case, you may benefit from wrongful death litigation:
- The death was at least partially caused by the defendant;
- The defendant’s negligence makes them liable for the death;
- The decedent is survived by dependents; and/or
- The dependents are now suffering financially because of the death.
Whenever a family loses a member due to someone else’s negligence, Richard Schwartz & Associates Injury Lawyers, P.A. stands ready to fight for justice in their memory. We will handle all the legal work on your behalf, striving to act as a rock during these stressful times. Our goal is to keep you in the loop at all times, ensuring that your loved one’s memory is honored and that you are not burdened with further stress. Entrust your case to a firm known for putting its clients first.