A loved one's death caused by the carelessness or negligence of someone else is very distressing. A loved one has died and those who loved him or her suffer an injustice. The people counting on the deceased to provide companionship, a source of income, and other necessities find themselves vulnerable on many levels, but do not know what to do. The Law Office of Paul Snow can help.
The term "wrongful death" includes the claims of wives, husbands, children, brothers, sisters, and parents when the negligence of someone else causes the death of a family member. Wrongful death claims include every type of accidental death, no matter the specific cause.
The death of a loved one because of another person's carelessness entitles you to the right to recover monetary damages. No amount of money can compensate you fully for the loss of your loved one, but the law allows you to recover damages for emotional distress, plus money to pay for any funeral expenses and to replace any income.
If you believe you have a claim for wrongful death, you should call our office for help. There is never a charge for discussing your case. If we take your case, there is a never a fee until we win.
Damages or financial compensation recoverable in wrongful death lawsuits varies by jurisdiction. Recoverable damages may include:
- Loss of future earnings the deceased would have contributed
- Loss of financial benefits from the death, including retirement or pension benefits
- Expenses associated with the death, including medical and burial or funeral costs
- Pain, suffering or mental anguish suffered by the decedent
- Loss of love, society and companionship by the survivors
- Punitive damages intended to punish wrongdoers and to prevent them from harming others
In Mississippi, the law imposes a statute of limitations which sets a maximum amount of time that legal proceedings can occur after the accident. People with legitimate cases who wait too long to file a wrongful death claim for the loss of a loved one risk being ineligible for any compensation for their loss.
We have helped many families who lost loved ones (dads, moms, children, siblings) in accidents. These claims usually come under one of the other headings like car accidents, products liability or medical negligence, but we believe it deserves special mention because we have developed a special sense of caring for those with such losses. We have obtained settlements or verdicts in the millions for wrongful death claims.
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