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, P.A. for a free case evaluation
at (601) 869-0696 or by reaching out online. Our caring Jackson 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
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
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, 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.