Posted on: Jul 21, 2020

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Losing a loved one can be a difficult and emotional experience. Not only are you saddened by your loss, but you may also be left with financial difficulties. If you have lost a loved one due to another’s negligence or intentional act, you may have legal options.

Harris Law Firm is here to help you. 

What Is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death cases are civil cases that certain individuals may file to recover damages for a loved one’s passing. Wrongful death occurs when a loved one has died as a result of someone’s negligence or omission, an intentional act, or a defective product.

Wrongful death lawsuits can arise for many different reasons. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death include:

  • Medical malpractice,
  • Car accidents,
  • Defective products, and
  • Homicide.

Wrongful death lawsuits are unique, and every situation is different. You should consult with a Mississippi personal injury attorney to determine whether you have the basis for a wrongful death claim.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The only parties that may file a wrongful death claim after a loved one’s death in Mississippi include:

  • Spouse,
  • Children,
  • Parents,
  • Siblings, and
  • The personal representative of the estate.

If there are multiple parties in the lawsuit, damages awarded are split between the parties. 

Damages You Can Seek

While no amount of money can bring a loved one back, it can help grieving families deal with financial burdens left after their loved one’s passing. There are two types of damages available in wrongful death lawsuits: economic and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages

Your attorney can easily assign monetary value to economic damages. These damages include:

  • Medical expenses,
  • Funeral expenses, 
  • Loss of future earnings and benefits; and
  • Payment for damaged property.

Supporting documentation helps determine the amount of economic damages for your case.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are a bit more challenging to assign monetary value. They include:

  • Pain and suffering of the deceased;
  • Mental anguish of the survivors;
  • Loss of companionship;
  • Loss of consortium; and
  • Loss of guidance.

Your wrongful death attorney can help calculate the appropriate amount of non-economic damages for your case.

Average Settlement for Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Simply put, there is no “average” wrongful death settlement. Wrongful death lawsuit settlement amounts can vary greatly, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. Certain details may impact the amount of damages recovered in a wrongful death suit, including:

  • What caused the accident that led to the victim’s death;
  • The age of the victim;
  • The earning potential of the victim; and
  • The at-fault party’s insurance policy limits.

These are only a few of the factors that significantly impact a wrongful death case. Your wrongful death attorney will take every detail into account when calculating a fair settlement for your case.

How Harris Law Firm Can Help You

Since 1981, Harris Law Firm has been fighting passionately for our clients. Our skilled and experienced team of attorneys is always ready to take on even the most difficult lawsuits. We pride ourselves on offering our clients top-notch service and high-quality representation.

Our team takes a personal approach to every case, working to achieve the best possible outcome. Contact us today, and let’s discuss your case. 

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