Wrongful Death


Wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual or company. The purpose of wrongful death laws is to compensate the survivors of a victim of wrongful death. Every state has a civil statutes which establish the procedures for bringing wrongful death actions. A wrongful death claim may arise out of a number of circumstances, such as medical malpractice, death during a supervised activity, or automobile accident. 

There are different kinds of damages that survivors of a wrongful death victim can recover in a wrongful death claim. After first establishing that a wrongful death did occur, survivors can claim compensation for medical and funeral expenses, loss of earnings and benefits caused by the loss, loss of inheritance, pain and suffering, as well as the loss of love and companionship. Wrongful death claims must be proven by demonstrating the history of a relationship, both financially and emotionally, between the survivors and the deceased.


The purpose of wrongful death laws is to compensate the survivors of a victim of wrongful death. Those who bring a valid wrongful death claim can be compensated for many forms of loss such as medical and funeral expenses and punitive damages. 

Punitive damages are awarded in cases of serious or malicious wrongdoing to punish the wrongdoer. A damage award will include interest from the date of the decedent's death. The amount of wrongful death damages will be awarded based on the actual losses experienced by each particular survivor.


When choosing an attorney to handle a wrongful death claim, it is especially necessary to find a lawyer with a proven success and knowledge in this area of the law. As with any personal injury claim, there is a limited amount of time in which you can file your wrongful death claim or lawsuit. An attorney will inform you of your rights under state laws and will assist you in making many time-sensitive decisions that could affect your case.  Call Schmidt Law Firm, PLLC immediately at 601-545-2525, if your loved one’s death was caused by the negligence of another person or corporation, or from a defective product or drug. 

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