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Wrongful Death Lawyers in Jackson

Providing Skillful Legal Representation to Surviving 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 you hadn’t prepared for. Moving forward without a co-parent, a provider, a caregiver, or any of the other roles family members play in our lives can require huge adjustments. It’s common to feel disoriented and anxious about your future if you’re in this position. If there is anything we can do to ease this major adjustment, our team wants to help.

Wrongful death law pertains to preventable circumstances such as medical malpractice, a vehicle accident, a workplace disaster, or someone else’s criminal behavior. Like all personal injury cases, wrongful death claims are available to those who have been harmed by someone else’s negligence. Mississippi law considers, when looking at eligibility to file one of these suits, whether the victim would have had cause to bring a claim had they survived.

Our firm has experience in wrongful death cases involving:

Whenever a family loses a member due to someone else’s negligence, our attorneys want to help see justice done. We can explain the claims process to you and help you explore the potential benefits of filing a suit.

Contact Richard Schwartz & Associates Injury Lawyer, P.A. for a free case evaluation at (601) 869-0696 or by reaching out online. Our Jackson wrongful death attorneys are here to listen to you.

Filing a Wrongful Death Suit

Making the decision to bring a claim 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 attorneys about the statute of limitations for your case so you do not miss your window of eligibility.

Who Can File?

In Mississippi, a wrongful death suit must in most cases be filed by a direct blood relative. Where there are many relatives, they may file suit together, but cannot file multiple claims.

The law allows the following relations of the deceased to pursue action:

  • The representative of the deceased’s estate
  • The spouse
  • Parent(s)
  • Children
  • Siblings

Any other interested parties (dependents of the deceased) may be able to join the suit. Our team can help you determine your legal rights if you have questions about your eligibility.

How Is Wrongful Death Proven?

To successfully prevail in a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff must meet the burden of proof showing that the victim would have lived if it had not been for the defendant’s negligence. The plaintiff must show the victim had a duty of care and that duty of care was breached, directly causing the death of the victim. Because wrongful death can be difficult to prove, it’s in your best interest to secure knowledgeable legal representation.

Why Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney?

No amount of money can undo the pain and suffering you are experiencing, but it can help you start to rebuild your life in the wake of mounting bills, lost wages and benefits, lost companionship, funeral and burial expenses, and more.

You should consider wrongful death litigation if any of the following apply:

  • 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
  • The dependents are now suffering financially because of the death

Especially when you are going through difficult times, you need and deserve more help, not more stress. A wrongful death case can help provide emotional relief and closure for some. It can also provide you with a safety net as you try to find a way to move forward.

If you are interested in pursuing justice and compensation following the tragic death of your loved one, please contact us at the office of Richard Schwartz & Associates Injury Lawyer, P.A. for a free case evaluation. Contact our Jackson office at (601) 869-0696 or send us a message online. We are here to help.

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