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What Damages May Be Able to Be Recovered in A Wrongful Death Case?

March 17, 2021

Wrongful death cases bring up a high level of emotional stress that takes a heavy toll on the entire family. After the shock has passed over a loved one’s death, the family may choose to take legal action and file a wrongful death case to help alleviate some of the financial burdens that they must now deal with. There are several different types of damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death case and we will take a look at a few of them below.

  1. Damages suffered from the date of the accident’s occurrence to the date of death.

    1. If the loved one had to be transported to the hospital to receive medical care in an effort to prevent their loss of life, any medical bills that are accrued during this period can be brought to the case. Any lost wages, pain or suffering may also be included on a case by case basis.

  2. Family losses after the wrongful death

    1. The spouse and children of the deceased may also seek damages as a result of the loss of wages. Had their loved one lived, these are the wages that they would have contributed to the household. “Loss of consortium” may be applicable depending on the state. This is defined by the loss of companionship to the spouse and the loss of a guardian for a child.

  3. Funeral and Burial Expenses

    1. The burden of dealing with unanticipated funeral expenses can take a significant toll on a family’s financial standing. To help cover the cost of a death certificate, transporting the body to the funeral home and cemetery, casket or urn, funeral home fees and several other fees that may occur during the final resting, compensation may be available.

In Mississippi, there are time limits placed as to how long after a wrongful death a case may be presented. As your local personal injury firm, we are equipped to handle your needs. We also handle Mississippi workers' compensation cases. Do not hesitate to reach out to us either on our website or by calling our office in Jackson.