If your family experienced a loved one’s death due to someone else’s careless actions, Mississippi civil laws may allow you to hold them responsible for your related expenses and losses. A Gautier wrongful death lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm could help you navigate this process.
You can speak with a team member from the Morris Bart law office in Pascagoula. We serve victims and their families in Gautier from this office. Call (800) 537-8185 now for a free review and learn more about your legal options.
Recovering Damages for Wrongful Death in Gautier
Under Miss. Code Ann. §11-7-13, the state’s wrongful death law, certain family members who lost a loved one can seek a payout when another party was at fault. Financial recovery based on a wrongful death may be possible for:
- A spouse and surviving children
- Surviving children, if no spouse
- Parents, if no spouse or children
- Parents and siblings
- Surviving siblings, if no surviving parents
- A personal representative of the decedent’s estate
The recoverable damages depend on the specific losses. We help our clients understand the damages in their case and calculate the range a fair settlement will fall into before we begin negotiations with the insurer.
Wrongful Death Damages
Some examples of recoverable damages in a wrongful death case include:
- Final expenses, including funeral and burial costs
- Future lost income
- Loss of companionship
- Intangible losses endured by the family, including emotional pain and mental suffering
It is also possible to recover damages your family member suffered before their death. These are the same damages they would seek in a personal injury case, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering they experienced before their death
For a free legal consultation with a Wrongful Death lawyer serving Gautier, call (800) 537-8185
Proving Negligence in Your Wrongful Death Claim
If your loved one was injured and died because of another person’s negligence in Gautier, you could have a case against them. The Mississippi Civil Code allows you to develop a case and hold the careless party responsible when you can prove:
- The party had a responsibility to act in a specific way to protect your loved one.
- They failed to fulfill this responsibility.
- This failure caused injuries and ultimately led to your loved one’s death.
- Your family sustained financial losses as a result of this loss.
We Seek Wrongful Death Damages in a Variety of Cases
A Gautier wrongful death lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to build an argument for compensation based on many types of injury accidents, as long as there is evidence to show negligence occurred. For example, you may have a wrongful death case if your family member’s death occurred because of:
- A collision
- A boating accident
- A slip and fall or trip and fall
- A pool accident or drowning
- Another accident on someone else’s property
- Medical malpractice or birth injury
- A defective product injury
To learn if your loved one’s injury accident may support a wrongful death case, call the Morris Bart law office for a free consultation.
Morris Bart, LTD Is a Contingency-Fee Law Firm
At the Morris Bart law firm, we handle cases based on a contingency fee. We also provide free initial consultations. You can feel confident that you will never receive a bill for your case review with our team. These assessments of your legal rights are also confidential.
In all, the Morris Bart law firm has 15 offices, including our Pascagoula location. We represent families in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. If you lost a loved one to a negligence accident in the Gulf South, we want to discuss your legal options with you.
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How the Claims Process in Wrongful Death Cases Works
Like personal injury cases, most wrongful death claims settle out of court. We do not always need to sue the liable party and take a case to trial to recover compensation for our clients.
We can gather evidence and develop a case to show that the insurance company is liable for your losses. The more evidence we have, the more likely the provider is to agree to a settlement that compensates you and your family fairly.
When it is possible to settle these cases out of court for a fair value, we encourage our clients to do so. However, we will not hesitate to litigate the case if the insurer refuses a just agreement.
You Only Have a Limited Time to Hold the Negligent Party Accountable
Under Miss. Code Ann. §15-1-49, there is a limited time to start a lawsuit against the party who caused your loved one’s death. If you do not file the documents to sue the liable party or parties in a Mississippi civil court before the deadline, you may not be able to later.
Though these cases do not go to trial frequently, we do not want to let this deadline expire. Otherwise, it can jeopardize your ability to recover damages. This means we need to go to work on your case well in advance of any applicable deadlines.
Talk to a Morris Bart, LTD Attorney for Free Today
Reach out to our team today to discuss what you can do to take legal action based on your loved one’s death and your family’s losses. We will determine how a Gautier wrongful death lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help with your case and answer any other questions you have during your free consultation. Call (800) 537-8185 now to get started.
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