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Hattiesburg Wrongful Death Attorney

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.

Why Choose The Penton Law Group, PLLC?

  • We have over a decade of experience handling personal injury matters.
  • We focus solely on personal injury law.
  • We limit our caseload to ensure that every client we represent gets the attention they deserve.
  • We are available 24/7 for questions and concerns, and we respond to calls, texts and emails promptly.

How a Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help

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.

What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

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.

Wrongful Death Laws in Mississippi

Under Mississippi Code Section 11-7-13, wrongful death is defined as a death caused by:

  • Wrongful or negligent acts or omissions
  • Defective products
  • Items unsafe for human consumption (food or medications)

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Mississippi?

Under state law, a wrongful death claim may be filed by:

  • Surviving spouse
  • Surviving parent or child
  • Surviving siblings
  • Personal representative of the estate of the deceased

What Must You Prove to Win a Wrongful Death Claim?

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.

Damages in a Wrongful Death Case

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:

  • Medical expenses of the deceased prior to death
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages and benefits the deceased would have provided or earned
  • Loss of companionship and support
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased’s loved ones

Get in Touch with Our Firm

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.