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If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, no amount of money can ever compensate you for the loss you have suffered. Pursuing a wrongful death claim allows you to seek justice for your loved one, as well as compensation to ease your family’s financial burden.
Contact The Penton Law Group, PLLC to schedule a consultation. Our Hattiesburg wrongful death lawyers can advise you of your options under the law.
After a fatal accident, responsible parties may try to evade liability. It is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Our Hattiesburg wrongful death lawyers can immediately begin an independent investigation to obtain and preserve evidence in your claim.
Wrongful death is the death of a person caused by a wrongful act of another. It is the basis of a lawsuit against the party or parties who caused the death, filed by the surviving family members who have lost the support and companionship of the deceased.
Under Mississippi Code Section 11-7-13, wrongful death is defined as a death caused by:
Under state law, a wrongful death claim may be filed by:
Certain surviving family members, or the personal representative of the estate, may file a wrongful death claim in civil court. This case is separate from any criminal case involving charges filed against the party who caused the death and does not carry the same burden of proof. To establish liability in a civil wrongful death claim, you must only show that the party’s negligent or wrongful conduct, more likely than not, caused the death of your loved one.
The standard of more likely than not simply means a greater than 50% chance.
A wrongful death claim is filed to hold the responsible party accountable and to pursue a recovery of the economic and non-economic losses suffered by the family. Damages may include:
A wrongful death claim is a legal means to seek justice for your loved one and compensation to provide for your family’s future. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys at The Penton Law Group, PLLC can handle your wrongful death claim while you mourn the loss of your loved one. Call our Hattiesburg office at (601) 500-5357 to schedule a free consultation and to speak with a Hattiesburg personal injury attorney about your legal options.