Wrongful Death Lawyer
in Hazlehurst MS
Wrongful death cases are perhaps the most complex and emotionally charged because the victim has paid the ultimate price for someone else’s negligence: his or her life. That leaves the people who loved him or her most left to not only prove negligence, but also attempt to force the offending party to pay for those damages. Unlike other cases where damages are limited primarily to medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages, wrongful death cases also involve factors such as what the victim lost by not being able to live out his or her life, and what loved ones have lost in his or her companionship and future income.
When a loved one has died, those left to grieve the loss may want to put the past behind them, focusing instead on the future. Of course that’s a natural reaction. But when someone else is responsible for that loss, he or she should be held accountable.
In fact, forcing the offending parties to take responsibility for their actions helps family members move forward, knowing some semblance of justice has been served.
The spouse, child, or parent of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim against the person or company believed to be responsible. If there is no surviving spouse, child, or parent, other living relatives may be able to file the claim. In determining the damages for wrongful death, courts consider the deceased’s income at the time of death, future earning potential he or she would have earned during his or her lifetime, and the loss of retirement benefits.
Courts also consider the emotional loss: what the deceased lost by not being able to enjoy time with loved ones, as well as what loved ones lost by not being able to enjoy that time with the deceased.
Wrongful death claims can result from any incident or accident for which someone else was at fault. Some of the most common types of claims include, but are not limited to, medical malpractice, defective products, and construction site accidents.
Your Trusted Wrongful Death Lawyer in Hazlehurst MS
If you believe someone is responsible for your loved one’s death due to negligence, contact us and we will consult with you about your options. Don’t take the word of insurance providers or those in law enforcement who may not have your best interest at heart. We will conduct our own investigation and if liability is established, aggressively fight to win you and your loved one a just award. You don’t have to do this alone. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with our wrongful death lawyer in Hazlehurst MS.