What is a Mississippi wrongful death claim and what kinds of damages can be sought in a lawsuit?
A wrongful death claim is one brought by the survivors of a decedent, someone who has died and who died as a result of someone else’s negligence. A wrongful death claim can be brought against that at fault person, and the types of damages that can be sought are future lost earnings of the decedent; what could they have earned had they lived through the average life expectancy. Possibly you can recover medical bills. You may be able to recover for that person’s conscious pain and suffering. Family members can also recover for the loss of society and companionship that they lose as a result of losing that person that they loved.
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