The loss of a loved one can be devastating. When the loved one is killed as a result of the negligence of another person, the loss can be even more difficult to learn to cope with. Though nothing can bring back the life of another, there may be legal remedies to help provide for the expenses related to loss.
Surviving family members may bring wrongful death lawsuits. The surviving family members that have suffered a financial loss from the death — through loss of the victim’s income and other losses– may seek financial recovery. Whether the death was caused by a car accident or occupational hazard, a claim may be filed.
Pecuniary damages are among the kinds of damages that can be assessed in a wrongful death suit. Pecuniary injuries include loss of support and services or medical and funeral expenses. The main consideration for measuring pecuniary loss is to determine the victim’s circumstances at the time of death. The earning capacity, life expectancy, health and intelligence of the deceased are all factors that can be taken into consideration.
In the state of Mississippi, a wrongful death claim must be filed within three years from the date of the death. Individuals who have suffered the loss of family members may want to seek the legal counsel of an experienced wrongful death attorney. In addition to seeking a wrongful death claim, family members may also seek to pursue a Social Security or workers’ compensation claim. In some cases, additional benefits may be available to survivors.