If you lost a loved one in an accident in Moss Point, Mississippi, the state’s wrongful death laws may allow you to hold the at-fault party responsible and recover compensation. A wrongful death lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm serving Moss Point may be able to help.
An attorney from the Morris Bart law office in Pascagoula can review the details of the accident and determine your rights and possible next steps during a complimentary case consultation. During this call, we can also answer any additional questions you might have. We are a contingency-fee firm, meaning we require no upfront payment.
Who Can Recover Damages After a Moss Point Wrongful Death?
Under Miss. Code Ann. §11-7-13, qualifying family members can recover a monetary settlement or award after a negligent accident which resulted in the loss of their loved one.
Only specific, closely related family members can receive a settlement or award following a loved one’s death. These generally are the people most impacted by the decedent’s death, both financially and emotionally.
While the specific relationship depends on the decedent’s circumstances, those who qualify typically include:
- A surviving spouse and/or surviving children
- If no spouse and no children, then their surviving parents
- If no spouse, no children, and no parents, then their surviving siblings
This means it would be difficult to recover damages for a cousin or a grandchild’s death, but this is not entirely impossible under certain circumstances. For example, this would apply if the grandparents raised the decedent and there was no spouse or parents.
For a free legal consultation with a Wrongful Death lawyer serving Moss Point, call (800) 537-8185
Securing Damages After a Loved One’s Death in Moss Point
Compensation in a wrongful death case reflects the expenses and losses the client and other qualifying family members suffered due to the wrongful death. This could include:
- Funeral, burial costs, and other expenses
- Future lost income and benefits from their loved one’s work
- Loss of companionship, guidance, and other losses based on the relationship to the decedent
- Loss of services previously performed by the decedent, such as childcare or lawn maintenance
- Mental anguish, emotional pain and suffering, and other intangible losses
It may also be possible to recover additional damages based on a survival action. This is a claim that recovers the compensation your loved one would have qualified to receive through a personal injury case, had they survived their injuries. This could cover additional outstanding expenses, such as ambulance transportation, emergency department care, and other medical support.
Take Action Today to Preserve Your Right to File
Your rights as the loved one of a wrongful death victim in Mississippi generally provide you with three years to sue the liable party or parties under Miss. Code Ann. §15-1-49. If you do not sue them before this deadline, you will likely lose the right to do so in the future.
It is important that you act quickly, as it is often easier to identify and gather evidence in the first days and weeks after a fatal accident. For example, a witness might erase a dashcam video of an accident without considering what they had captured. For this reason, it is important to canvass for witnesses and interview them as soon as possible to preserve this evidence.
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We Protect the Rights of Families Across Mississippi
The Morris Bart law firm team helps family members file an insurance claim or take their case to trial to secure a verdict and award after a wrongful death loss.
With 40-plus years of experience in personal injury law across the Gulf Coast, our attorneys have helped thousands of families collect compensation for their losses including more than 6,500 settlements in 2019.
We have 15 offices throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. Our Pascagoula office attorneys are available to begin your free case assessment today.
Speak with a Wrongful Death Attorney Serving Moss Point Today for Free
A wrongful death lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you after the tragic loss of your family member in Moss Point. An attorney can discuss the details of the accident and the damages your family endures as a result in a free consultation.
Call our attorneys serving Moss Point today by calling our Pascagoula office at (800) 537-8185. During this complimentary case assessment, they can answer any questions you have.
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