If your loved one was killed in an incident caused by another party’s reckless or careless actions, you might be able to bring a wrongful death claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party. A wrongful death claim or lawsuit may allow you to hold the at-fault party accountable for your loved one’s death and recover financial compensation for your damages.
A Long Beach wrongful death lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you with this process. Our attorneys understand Mississippi wrongful death laws and know what it takes to develop a strong case. We have 15 locations available to serve you.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases We Handle
The loss of a parent, spouse, child, sibling, or other loved one is distressing under any circumstances. When a person’s life is cut short due to another party’s carelessness, the loss can be absolutely heartbreaking.
If your loved one died in an avoidable accident, a Long Beach wrongful death lawyer from our firm can help you take legal action in the form of a wrongful death claim. We help surviving family members pursue compensation in wrongful death cases involving:
Fatal Auto Accidents
In 2016, just under 700 people lost their lives in Mississippi car accidents, per the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). Some common causes and contributors to fatal auto accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Driving under the influence of illicit drugs
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Failure to follow traffic signs and signals
- Reckless driving
- Trucking company negligence
- Improper loading or securement of truck cargo
- Truck driver negligence
- Defective design or manufacture of vehicle parts
- Negligent vehicle maintenance
Fatal Medical Malpractice Errors
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or other medical professional provides a patient with substandard treatment and the patient is injured or killed as a result.
In most medical malpractice cases, the guideline used to determine whether a medical professional provided inadequate medical care is the “medical standard of care.” This standard is defined as the quality of care that a reasonable medical professional of the same education and occupation would have provided in the same situation.
Medical malpractice cases often involve:
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, or misdiagnosis
- Birth injuries
- Emergency room malpractice
- Primary care physician malpractice
- Premature patient discharge
Defective Products Leading to Your Loved One’s Untimely Passing
The manufacturers of consumer goods have a legal obligation to ensure that the products they create do not present an unreasonable risk of harm to consumers. If a defective product killed your loved one, you might be able to bring a product liability claim against the liable party.
The party liable for your loved one’s death may be the product’s:
Some of the most common types of defective products that cause fatal injuries include defective:
- Medical devices
- Vehicle parts
- Children’s products
Premises Liability Cases Resulting in Death
Property owners have a legal duty to maintain a reasonably safe property. If a property owner fails to keep a premises safe or warn visitors to the property of an unsafe condition, the property owner may be liable for deaths and injuries caused by the unsafe condition.
Property owners may be liable for fatal accidents involving:
- Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents
- Negligent security
- Drownings and other pool accidents
- Construction site accidents
For a free legal consultation with a Wrongful Death lawyer serving Long Beach, call (800) 537-8185
Damages You Could File for in a Wrongful Death Case
All of the money in the world could not make up for the premature death of a loved one. However, a wrongful death claim may provide financial relief to a grieving family and help them hold the at-fault party answerable for their loss.
In a wrongful death case, “damages” are the financial and non-financial losses suffered by the deceased person’s surviving loved ones. Through a wrongful death action, you may be able to recover financial compensation for:
- Your loved one’s funeral costs and medical bills
- The value of the lost income of the decedent
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of your loved one’s companionship
- Property damage
How a Long Beach Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help You
When you are grieving the loss of a loved one, the last thing you should have to worry about is negotiating for a settlement with an insurance company or filling out legal paperwork. Let a Long Beach wrongful death lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm handle the legal work in your case on your behalf. Our services include:
Identifying the Liable Party and Holding Them Accountable
In many wrongful death cases, the issue of fault or liability is unclear. Before a successful wrongful death claim may be brought, the liable party or parties must be identified. Our team can investigate the circumstances of your loved one’s death and determine who is liable.
Gathering Evidence to Support Your Claim
The burden of proof in a wrongful death claim is on the party alleging the wrongful death. To recover compensation, you and your attorney may need to demonstrate that your loved one’s death was caused by the liable party’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing. You must also show that you suffered damages.
Our team may use many different types of evidence when building your case, including:
- Medical records
- Police reports
- Video footage
- Incident reports
- Eyewitness statements
- Accident reconstruction
- Expert testimony
Advocating on Behalf of You and Your Deceased Loved One
The team at the Morris Bart law firm is committed to bringing a strong case on your behalf. We can investigate your case thoroughly, gather evidence, consult with experts, and handle communications with the insurance company or other parties.
We can advocate on your behalf during settlement negotiations and pursue a settlement that covers all your damages. If a settlement is not reached, we can represent you at trial.
The Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death Cases in Mississippi
Per Miis. Code Ann. §15-1-49, the wrongful death statute of limitations in Mississippi is typically three years, with possible exceptions that may shorten that deadline. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start investigating your case.
Contact the Attorneys at Morris Bart, LTD for a free, Confidential Consultation
If your loved one was killed by a negligent driver, medical professional, product manufacturer, or another party, you might be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the liable party. Our Long Beach wrongful death lawyers can help.
Call the Morris Bart law firm today at (800) 537-8185 for a free case evaluation.
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